East Windsor, CT
March 16-18, 2024


Official NACSW™ 

NW1, L1V, L2V, ELT Trials

March 16-18 2024

TRIAL LOCATION: Connecticut Trolly Museum 58 North Road, Windsor, Ct 

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 –

NW1: Saturday March 16, 2024 

L1V Sunday AM March 17, 2024 

L2V Sunday PM March 17, 2024 

Elite Monday March 18, 2024 

Volunteer sign up

Wait List for all levels. 

Please check the tab at the bottom of the sheet for the correct trial. 

Certifying Official: Michele Ellertson

Judges: Kathe Baxter Mar 16, 17, 18

Kathy Austin March 16

Gail McCarthy March 17/18

Entry Cost

NW1: $135 per dog and handler team

Elite: $190 per dog and handler team

L1V: $85 per dog and handler team

L2V: $85 per dog and handler team

Number of Entries

NW1: 50 entries 

Elite: 30 entries

L1V: 38 Entries

L2V: 28 Entries

One dog per handler per level/element.


Trial Entry Open and Closing

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: 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:

Qualified entry for NW1 – Dog has not yet earned a NW1 title level.

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

Qualified entry for Level 1 – Dog has not earned the Level 1 title for Vehicles.

Qualified entry for Level 2 – Dog has earned the Level 1 title for Vehicles but has not yet earned the Level 2 title for Vehicles.

Trial spaces will be determined in the following manner:


You will be notified via e-mail of the results of the random draw by Feb 9, 2024 9pm 

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 by check, or PayPal  ( there will be a service fee for PayPal) – info will be in your confirmation letter 

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 NACSW.


The following cancellation policy applies:

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 entries.

All cancellations must be emailed to the

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 trolly museum. 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. 

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.


The parking lot is not paved with little shade available.

RV Parking

The parking lot is small and can’t handle vehicles that take up more than one standard parking space. Large RVs can’t be accommodated. Please email Trial Host Contact/Secretary if you are unsure about parking.

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

A list of area hotels and directions will be provided with entry confirmations.


Dog Policies

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 Contact/Secretary 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, Lucky Dog Events 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.


Spectating allowed with no group gathering limits: Spectating will be allowed at searches, space permitting and at the Certifying Official’s discretion. 

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. 

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 go to [VOLUNTEER LINK] to sign up. You can also contact Liz Lynch with questions.
Your time and effort are GREATLY appreciated!

All trial related questions, contact Kim Lewis