NACSW Elite/Elite/NW3 Cummington, MA
June 14-16, 2024

Official NACSW

Elite, Elite, NW3 Trials

June 14, 15, 16, 2024

TRIAL LOCATION: Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Rd. Cummington Mass.

It is not appropriate to contact or visit the event location prior to the event date, nor should training take place on event

grounds once an event is approved/announced. Our locations are real life search environments where people work, go to

school, etc. Pre-event contact or visits risk the host losing the opportunity to use the location again in the future.

Trial Host:

Lucky Dog Events

Trial Host Contact Info: Kim Lewis,

Elite – June 14, 2024, Friday

Elite – June 15, 2024, Saturday 

NW3 – June 16, 2024 - Sunday 

Certifying Official:

ELT/ELT - Maria Corrigan

NW3: Maria Corrigan & Andy Sperber

Judges: Steve Cortis and Ron Gendron

Entry Cost

NW3: $180.00 per dog and handler team

Elite: $195 per dog and handler team

Number of Entries

NW3: 38 entries

Elite: 30 entries

One dog per handler per level/element.


Trial Entry Open and Closing

● The draw period for the trial will open on Tuesday April 30, 2024, at 12 noon EST. Entries will be awarded by

random draw of all entries received between 12 noon, April 30, 2024, and 12 noon, May 2, 2024.

● Trial entry will close at the end of the draw if the trial and wait list are deemed full. If the trial and wait list are not

full, the trial will remain open for entries until they are deemed full or the day of the trial.

● We will not be taking payment until you are given a space in the trial. If you are given a space in the trial, you will

receive information on how to submit payment. You will then have 5 days to complete your payment to confirm

your space in the trial.

Entry Method

All entries will be on-line via the link provided to the NACSW trial entry form. Paper and phone entries will not be

accepted. Completing the form is not a guarantee of entry. You will receive a confirmation from the Trial Host

Contact/Secretary to let you know if your entry has been given a space in the trial.

Entry Requirements & Selection

A Qualified Entry is one that meets all the following criteria:

1. Complete the on-line trial entry during the draw period listed above.

2. The Handler is a NACSW member in good standing for the 2023-2024 membership year (8/1/23 -


3. The Dog is registered and in good standing with the NACSW.

4. Dogs participating in a trial must be at least one year of age.

5. The Dog has achieved the prior title level and ORT title (passed all 3 odors) at least 14 days before the

trial opens for entries. This applies to all levels.

Qualified entry for NW3 – Dog has earned a NW2 title and has not yet earned the NW3 Elite title level.

Qualified entry for Elite – Dog has earned a NW3 elite title and has not yet earned an ELT-CH title.

Trial spaces will be determined in the following manner:

● Spaces will be awarded by a random draw of all Qualified Entries received during the draw period listed above.

● Once the trial opens for entry, if you are having technical difficulties entering during the 48 hour draw period,

please email prior to the end of the draw period. For any other questions that are not related

to the trial entry system, contact the Trial Host Contact.

● No dog will be given a space in more than one trial of the same level and type at a single event.

● You may enter multiple dogs for entry in the draw. However, only one dog/handler per title level will be accepted

into the trial. Entry will go to the dog selected in the draw – you may not swap to an alternate dog. If multiple dogs

are selected in the draw, you may select which dog you wish to enter. Once a dog has been entered as a second

dog/handler entry, you may not swap handlers after the draw to change the entry to a first dog/handler unless the

trial is not full.

● If a trial level is not full after the draw of Qualified Entries, then there will be a Secondary Draw of any entries

received that did not meet the ORT title or title requirements. These entries will be accepted pending completion

of the requirements. Note: dogs must earn their ORT title and prior title level at least 3 days prior to the trial date

to be eligible to compete. If the required title or ORT title is earned less than 14 days prior to the event, it is the

handler’s responsibility to notify the Trial Host Contact that the requirement has been completed.

● If the trial level and wait list are not full after all entries received during the draw period have been processed,

entries will continue to be accepted in the order they are received until the trial and wait list are deemed full.

● Second dog/handler entries may be accepted for the alternate trial of the same level after all first dog/handler

entries received by 12noon, May 26, 2024 are accommodated.

● For Exhibit Only Dogs (FEO): Dogs running FEO are not eligible to receive titles or earn placement ribbons. FEO

results will not be included in the posted trial results.

If space remains after all qualified entries are accommodated on May 16, 2024 FEO ENTRIES w then we will

offer spaces for those who wish to run a dog For Exhibition Only (FEO). Second dog/handler FEO entries on the

same day will be offered spaces after May 16, 2024

The trial host of an event has the right to refuse entry of any handler or dog for just cause as approved by the

National Trial Committee. Just cause includes lack of adherence to NACSW rules and guidelines and the policies

outlined in each event entry premium.

● Some trial entries may be given priority entry based on contributions to the organization and the trial process.


You will be notified via e-mail of the results of the random draw by 6pm EST May 13, 2024

If you have a spam blocker on your email account, please configure it to allow email from in

order to ensure delivery of confirmation and information about this trial.

You will then have 5 days to complete your payment to confirm your space in the trial. Trial payments are payable to Lucky Dog Events, via check and mailed to 

Lucky Dog Events,

56 Wendell Rd, New Salem Ma 01355

A waiting list for alternates will be started as soon as entries fill. Alternates will be contacted when a space opens.

Depending on last minute event logistics, we may opt to not fill all canceled spaces.

NACSW reserves the right to cancel an event if minimum entry numbers are not met.

Be sure you read and understand the guidelines for this event before entering. By submitting a registration for this

NACSW event, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and accept the policies and liability information of



The following cancellation policy applies:

● For cancellation of entries on or before 5pm May 31, 2024 – Full refund minus a $25 processing fee.

● For cancellation of entries between 5pm May 31, 2024, and before 9am June 11, 2024 – Full refund minus a $25

processing fee if the host fills your space. No refund will be issued if the host doesn’t fill your space. If the space

is filled with a discounted or free entry, you will receive a refund dependent on the income from the replacement


● For cancellation of entries after 9am June 11, 2024 – 50% of the trial entry fee will be refunded if the host fills your

space. No refund will be issued if the host doesn’t fill your space. If the space is filled with a discounted or free

entry, you will receive a refund dependent on the income from the replacement entry.

If you earn the title that makes you no longer eligible for the level you are entered, then you must contact the trial host to

cancel your entry and will be subject to the published cancellation policy. You may opt to change your entry to an FEO

entry in this case and will be placed on the FEO waitlist and only receive a space in the trial if the host is accepting FEO


All cancellations must be emailed to the Trial Host Contact.

For cancellations that meet the above guidelines, refunds will be issued within 30 days of the request and no later than 14

days after the event date.

Entry fees shall not be refunded if a dog or handler is absent, disqualified, or excused by the NACSW official or judge.

This cancellation and refund policy applies to handlers that must withdraw for any reason including but not limited to

injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.

If the event cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or

any other cause beyond the control of the event organizers, then the event host will make their best effort to provide

partial refunds after recouping their expenses.


ADA Site Specific Conditions

This event location is a fairground. The parking lot, pathways and search areas may require you to navigate rough terrain

in wooded areas. There will be long walks to the search areas that will involve moderate elevation changes. Some

searches may have one to two flight of stairs.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, these conditions

may be modified at the last minute.

Modeled after real-life detection work, NACSW events are held in many different locations, with a variety of terrain, under

varying weather conditions. Dogs and handlers need to be able to safely negotiate a variety of surfaces, including, but not

limited to, tile, linoleum, carpeting, gravel, asphalt, uneven surfaces, and slippery footing. Handlers should be prepared to

deal with a variety of weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain and snow. Events frequently require covering extensive

distances to get to and from the parking area to each of the search areas and generally require that this be done across

natural, uneven surfaces. Handlers should be prepared for the physical demands and must be able to navigate the terrain

with their dog accordingly. Handlers should expect to spend most of the day outside or in their vehicles as there are rarely

indoor crating options at events. Please be prepared for you and your canine partner to deal with all of these varying

environmental challenges. Handlers should familiarize themselves with potential regional risks and health concerns that

may affect themselves or their dogs. Handlers agree that they are entering this event at their own risk.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, the details below

may need to be modified at the last minute.


There is plenty of parking if you want to run your car – you will need to park further away from regular parking lot and have

more walking.

RV Parking:

There is limited space for RVs to park in the handler parking area during the event day. To reserve a space, you will need

to contact the Trial Host Contact/Secretary after you receive confirmation that you have a space in the event there is

limited spaces with hookup for overnight parking. You will need to reserve in advance by emailing

Running Vehicles or Generators in the parking lot

Running your vehicles or generators in the parking lot is allowed at this event as long as you have permission from your

neighbors or are willing to park away from others.


Reactive Dog Parking

There will not be specific reactive dog parking at this event.

Unentered Dogs

Unentered dogs must remain in the handler’s vehicle during the event day. There will be ample potty areas, but unentered

dogs should not be allowed to “play”, exercise, or train on the event grounds.


Smoking is not allowed on this event site, including the use of e-cigarettes


Dog Policies

● All dogs must be on a 6’ leash at all times when not searching. NO flexi-leashes while not participating in a

competition search.

● Dogs that need space from dogs may wear a red bandana, provided by the dog’s handler, to help signal others that

the dog needs extra space from other dogs.

● Dogs will be toileted in designated areas and handlers must pick-up and dispose of waste.

● Dogs and handlers must stay in designated areas to avoid contaminating search space, interrupting a search, or

from viewing any part of the searching.

● Handlers should expect to keep their dogs confined in a crate or vehicle when not searching. The logistics of an

event typically do not allow for dogs to hang out on leash in between searches. Handlers should plan to provide their

own shade using canopies or shade cloths.

● Refer to Location Details (above) for information on unentered dogs.

Females in Season

Females in season will be allowed to run wearing “pants” at the end of each search after all other dogs have been

judged. Handlers with females in season should park and toilet their dogs away from the other dogs if the location

logistics permit. Handlers must email the Trial Host so plans can be made for the dog.


COVID-19 Information

Event attendees are required to adhere to the NACSW COVID-19 Event Guidelines and Rules

In addition to those guidelines the following changes and guidelines are in effect for this event due to COVID-19:

There are currently no travel or mask restrictions for this area.

If there are any significant changes or updates after the draw period, handlers will be notified via email. Handlers are

responsible for staying up to date on any jurisdictional requirements for their home location as well as the event location

including any travel guidance.


Complete rules are available at It is the responsibility of each handler to read and understand the

current NACSW Rule book prior to participating in a NACSW event.


By registering for the event, the handler hereby assumes all risks of, and responsibility for, accidents and/or damage to

her/himself or to her/his property or to others, resulting from the actions of her/his dog. The handler expressly agree that

the NACSW, Kim Lewis and its assignees or any other person, or persons, of said groups, shall not be held liable

personally, or collectively, under any circumstances, for injury, and/or damage to her/himself, for loss or injury to property,

whether due to uncontrolled dogs or negligence of any member of said groups, or any other cause, or causes. The

handler also agrees to assume all financial liability that may be incurred by the NACSW due to the actions of themselves

or their dogs regardless of the cause.


All handlers and spectators are expected to follow the rules of the NACSW and demonstrate good sportsmanship. This

includes making sure the hide placements are unknown to the handler prior to searching and kept secret from other

handlers. Please do not discuss hide placement or any details of a dog's performance that may provide information or

clues to other handlers or may be overheard.

In the event of a tie for the last titling placement, both teams would receive a title. For example, if there are 25 competing

teams and there was a tie for 5th place, both teams would receive a SMT title for a total of 6 titles given at that trial.

NACSW Results

Results for each search and overall will be posted after all searches are completed and scores are verified for you to

record your results for your own records. It is your responsibility to ensure your scores are accurate prior to leaving trial

grounds. If a discrepancy cannot be verified at the trial, you may be instructed to submit a score card review request. It is

not the responsibility of the host or NACSW to return score sheets that are left behind or to mail ribbons that are not

picked up.


Additional guests are welcome, however spectating opportunities may be limited.

Spectators may not photograph or video searches.

Spectators are reminded that the hide placements must not be discussed, nor should they speak with any handlers about

what they saw until after the event is complete.

No dogs will be allowed in the spectator area. No unentered dogs with spectators are allowed at the event.

An adult accompanying a minor must be present during the searches.

Everyone at the site must sign the waiver provided by the host and comply with all event requirements.

Handlers are not allowed to watch the searches at any time.

Videotaping and Photography

If the site allows public video to be taken, handlers may wear visible head or chest cameras to record their searches. You

will not be allowed extra time at the start line to get your camera functioning. Please be sure it is ready to go prior to

arriving at the search area. Videos may not be made public until completion of the event day.

At the host's discretion, a photographer and/or video service may be present during the event to offer photos and/or

videos for sale to the handlers. Professional Video &/or Photography service Karen Ogden will be taking video of the

searches. Details will be available at check in.

There is no photography or video allowed by spectators or volunteers.

As a condition of your entry, you agree to allow NACSW, or their agents, to video you and your dog during the entirety of

the NACSW event. These videos are the property of NACSW. All handlers, through entry at any NACSW event, waive

any and all rights relative to video broadcast or photography of such event.


Handlers can volunteer for any trial that they are not running in during a trial weekend. If you are available and not running

in the trial level, you are welcome to volunteer. If you know of someone who would like to volunteer, please have them

contact Liz Lynch, with questions, sign up will be at under Cummington

trial June 14-16 tab.

Your time and effort are GREATLY appreciated!

Emergency Veterinary Hospital

The closest emergency veterinarian to the event location:


141 Greenfield Rd South Deerfield, MA 0137




All trial related questions, contact Kim Lewis at