Took my dog to a few.
Steady to wing, retrieves to hand (or dang close), backs, and you can keep the dog in the bird field, is what your looking for to run in NSTRA. You will see all different levels of dogs, and a lot of people having fun. As long as your dog does not take out the other dogs birds repeatedly its all fun.
Shopping with your husband is like hunting with the game warden.
Experience is what you get, when you didn't get what you wanted.