Originally the Southern California Chapter was formed by Bodo Winterhelt, the founder of NAVHDA. The Southern California Chapter was for long time the only NAVHDA chapter in Southern California.
After Bodo left NAVHDA, the chapter started dissolving and other NAVHDA Chapters were established, namely the San Diego Chapter and the Inland Empire Chapter.
Established in 1996 with 4 members, the new Southern California Chapter was formed to offer individuals and families living in Southern California easier access to training and testing opportunities. Prior to the chapter being formed, those folks wishing to network with other dog and hunting enthusiasts had to travel to different locations in California.
Since 1996 we have grown to over 90 members and evolved into a NAVHDA Chapter with a lot of dogs and dogs owner that have succesfully tested at all levels in NAVHDA testing including NAVHDA Invitational.