The Coastal Plains Chapter will be holding a Natural Ability test on April 23rd & 24th, 2022 at the Oak Hill Shooting Preserve, located at 899 Warrentown Rd, Snow Hill, NC.


All recognized versatile breeds are eligible for NAVHDA tests as long as the dog is registered in the NAVHDA registry. The registration form can be found on the international NAVHDA website.

Dogs are eligible for Natural Ability testing up to and including the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over 16 months of age may run Natural Ability for evaluation only and may only run when space is available. No prize can be awarded for dogs over the age limit.

There are no age restrictions on dogs entered in the Utility Preparatory Test or Utility Test. No restrictions are placed on the number of times a dog may be tested.

Starting July 1, 2018 both the owner and handler must be registered members of NAVHDA to enter a dog in a sanctioned test.


Test entries are limited and will be taken on a first come first served basis. (Note: Individuals are limited to 2 entries per testing weekend. Contact chapter leadership for potential special accommodation).  

All test entry forms must be completed in full and emailed to the test secretary at  A completed test entry form and payment must be sent to the test secretary.   If your NAVHDA membership number or dog’s registration number is pending, please write this in appropriate boxes on the entry form. Once your numbers become available please update the test secretary with this information.

Test Entry Fee: $145

The preferred method of payment is Venmo. Checks can be made payable to Coastal Plains NAVHDA and will also be accepted.  Please contact the test secretary via e-mail if you would like to mail in a check or test entry form.


An e-mail message will be sent to all handlers upon receipt of the test entry form AND payment. If you are placed on a waiting list for the test you will be notified of this.  As the test approaches an email will be sent with the running order and important test information.


Entries may be withdrawn or cancelled up to 30 days before the test date to receive a full refund. Within 30 days of the test, no refunds will be made except for a health issue with a dog, in which case veterinarian records must be provided. In such cases refunds will be made after the specified test date.


Hotels within 30 minutes of testing site that are pet friendly:

​Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kinston

(21 minutes from test location)

1156 Hill Farm Rd, Kinston, NC 28504

(252) 559-8888

Kinston, North Carolina

Check-in time: 3:00 PM

Check-out time: 11:00 AM

Red Carpet Inn & Suites Kinston

(24 minutes from test location)

208 E New Bern Rd, Kinston, NC 28504



Kinston, North Carolina

Check-in time: 3:00 PM

Check-out time: 11:00 AM