Conger/Petty Ranch
Cattledog Clinic

May 28, 2016

Buffalo Gap, SD

Clinicians Tim Gifford and Tanya Williams

All proceeds to benefit the NCA

Entry Form



Run Orders are available online.

Use the Finals menu:

Finals -> National Finals -> 2016 -> Run Orders


Preliminary course designs are available online.

Use the Finals menu:

Finals -> National Finals -> 2016 -> Courses

Note that these are preliminary course designs. Cattle and course conditions may require modifications to obstacles and changes in scoring.

Final course plans and scorings will be announced at handler meetings.



Open Horseback



Intermediate Horseback

Note: At their April 27th meeting, the NCA Board of Directors voted to increase the number of teams in the Intermediate class from 25 to 30.

2016 Finals will pay
in prize money!

Complete Payout schedule

Finals will be held in

June 15-19, 2016

And will be hosted by the


Slide Show
First Meeker Cattledog Trail


South East Region: Richard Brandon

South Central Region: Jimmy Walker

Mountain Region: Steve Wight

West Coast Region: Jennifer Quinton

At-Large: Steven Rosvold

A total of 161 ballots were received - a record vote!

NCA Qualifying Year

Qualifying year for 2017 National Finals:
April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

Nursery Dogs: Dogs eligible to compete in sanctioned Nursery trials during the 2015-2016 qualifying year must have been born after October 1, 2013.

Points: NCA points are awarded to the top 30% of dogs in all NCA sanctioned classes. Class winning dogs will receive 30 points for each dog in the class.

Intermediate move-up: The top 2 point earning handlers are required to move from Intermediate to Open. The Champion and Reserve at the National Finals are also required to move up.

Number of sanctioned classes per day: No more than 2 classes of a single type (Open, Nursery or Intermediate) will be sanctioned on a single day at a given trial.

Number of dogs per handler in a sanctioned class: A handler may enter as many dogs in an NCA sanctioned class as is allowed by the local trial host. However, only the top four (4) placing dogs in the class will be listed in the NCA posting of results and will count toward the number of NCA points available in the class.

For example, if in a sanctioned class there are 14 dogs, 8 of which are being run by a single handler, the NCA will consider the class to be a class of 10 (300 possible points to the winner), will omit the 4 lowest placing dogs run by that handler from the placings and will award only 300 points to the winner (a class of 14 would normally have 420 points for the winner).

NCA Board News

New Finals Rule

At its meeting on April 2, 2016 the NCA Board of Directors voted to require all dogs in all classes of the 2016 National Finals to run without collars of any kind.

The board also voted to approve a new Finals Payout Schedule including significant increases in day money. The increases in large part are possible thanks to a $5,000 contribution from the Meeker Cattledog Committee.

NCA Regional Finals

Canada Regional Finals
March 26-27, 2016
Duck Mountain Classic
Ethelbert, MB Canada


South West Regional Finals
November 21-22, 2015
Crooked River Ranch Horses Stockdog Trial
Orland, CA


South East Regional Finals
October 23-24, 2015
Bar None Fall Classic
Mountain Home, AR


South Central Regional Finals
October 3-4, 2015
Duckhead Ranch Cattledog Trial
South Coffeyville, OK


Midwest Regional Finals
August 31 - September 1, 2015
Nebraska State Fair
Grand Island, NE


North West Regional Finals
September 11-12, 2015
Bancroft, ID


New NCA Video


The National Cattledog Association (NCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The NCA was incorporated in December of 2011 and began operations in January of 2012. Its members, which are from 31 states and Canada, are primarily ranchers, cattledog handlers and cattledog breeders. The NCA was founded to:

1. Educate ranchers as to the value of well trained cattledogs for humane, low stress cattle handling through demonstrations, clinics and public cattledog competitions (trials),

2. Assist ranchers in obtaining well trained cattledogs and in learning to use them for efficient, humane and low stress cattle handling,

3. Foster amateur athletic competition by sanctioning cattledog trials and hosting and managing a National Cattledog Association National Finals,

4. Assist members and other breeders in marketing cattledogs by providing venues for demonstrating the abilities of their dogs.

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