Afton, WY

June 14-18, 2017


Field – Open First Preliminary (50 runs)

Field – Nursery First Preliminary (30 runs)
Arena – Intermediate First Preliminary (45 runs)

Field – Open Second Preliminary (50 runs)
Arena – Intermediate Second Preliminary (45 runs)

Field – Nursery Second Preliminary (30 runs)
Field - Intermediate Final (18 runs)

Field – Nursery Final (12 runs)
Field - Open Final (20 runs)

NCA Board News


Changes have been made to the National Finals format that will potentially affect all classes, and aggressively address our intermediate move up issues. The board believes that these changes will have a positive impact on our finals and our association as a whole for years to come. The room created during finals will allow us to enlarge classes and have a more comfortable schedule of events. We will be able to move more intermediate handlers up and grow the Open class in years to come.

After some lengthy discussion on both sides of the Horseback class issue, there was a majority roll-call vote in favor of not having Open and Intermediate Horseback classes at the 2017 Finals. While there were a number of issues considered, the primary deciding factor came down to liability—we simply cannot get adequate insurance coverage for those classes.

An additional deciding factor was the consideration that in eliminating those classes, we then free up space and time to allow more participants in the existing classes. The consensus was that allowing more handlers to attend Finals is a positive move.

Therefore, a second motion was made to increase the number of Intermediate handler/dog teams at the 2017 Finals to 45, with 40% (18 teams) going back to the short go. Both preliminary runs will be held in an arena, with the final go being held in the big field. Of those 40% who make the short go, the top 8 finishers will then be required to move up to Open for the next year. There is also the possibility of increasing the number of Open handler/dog teams at the Finals if the demand exists.

In our ongoing effort to accommodate the various ways in which handlers across the country utilize their dogs when working cattle, the NCA will continue to sanction Horseback classes for local trials in those areas where mounted trials are preferred.

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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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