|Ethan and Nigel Waterton look on from the gallery, as judges confer.|
The Test Series was smooth and seamless, as a result of the tireless and well-organized efforts of Test Coordinators Anne Roberts and Phil Jacob. NAVHDA Judges Travis Miller, Sheryl Tepp and Bob Farris put in countless miles over the 4 day series, and we are all appreciative of their commitment to NAVHDA. Too many volunteers to name made the weekend a great success. The generosity of the Geim Ranch and Hershey Ranch, for access to their grounds is once again greatly appreciated - it is truly a privilege to test and train on one of the most beautiful places on the planet. A huge thanks to Jane and Ken Wigen for preparation of the grounds and "wiring up" food and lodging for Judges and the Community Center for the Handlers Clinic.
Special thanks also to Snowghost Ranch - Whitefish, DJBar Ranch - Belgrade, Spruce Creek Farm - Billings and "Angus and Emmet's Ranch" - East Helena, for training, testing, judge lodging, and "snake break" opportunities throughout the year.
PAY IT FORWARD:
|Jade Miller, 16 of Carter Montana, hangs markers on a fence as part of a project to reduce "fence strikes" near sage grouse leks.|
|Bridget Nielsen with GSP Raven and gunners Ken and Elton after the field portion of the Utility Test. Judges confer in the background.|
|Judges Travis Miller and Sheryl Tepp confer, as Apprentice Leslie Lowe tallies her score card.|
|Hannah Ryan and Rye start off on the Field portion of the NA test with the judges, gunner and gallery.|
|Handler Trevor Ferguson and Senior Judge Travis Miller approach as Madison holds a solid point.|
|Sprig holds down the fort for Jehnet at "Camp Wirehair"|
|Ethan and Travis move in on a Deacon point.|
|Ken moving cattle next to the Pheasant Tracking field after the last Track was run.|
|Ken moving Bulls........ An entirely different perspective on "Temperament Testing"|
|Loaded up and ready to go. Fast Eddy makes one last run through camp at Doolittle Creek.|
Dogtra Collar: Brian Riggs
Quill Jig: Bob Miller
Jacket: James Warren
Cap: Gary Tabbert
Thanks for a great year everybody. Have a productive, safe and fun hunting season - it is just around the corner.