I've been taking Maiya to NW classes for 3 years. She just titled in NW2 recently. Gio's NW training has been more spotty because we were concentrating on conformation training. He just passed his birch ORT on Sunday.
The day before Maiya and I trialed, I volunteered at the other NW2 trial (videotaped one of the search elements all day) and last year I was the timer for the exterior search at a trial. Watching other teams work at trials was a valuable learning experience.
Looking forward to reading other people's experiences with this sport.