to be held in

Afton, WY

June 14-18, 2017

Board Statement

The NCA board met October 25 to examine and discuss Finals proposals from North Platte, Nebraska and Afton, Wyoming. Both proposals, while unique, were very adequate, viable options for hosting the 2017 NCA Finals. After discussing the proposals and the recent survey results the board voted to award the 2017 NCA Finals to the community of Afton, Wyoming. We sincerely thank the North Platte Committee of Eddie Merritt, Kelly Popp, and Tim Gifford for their bid and the effort they expended in exploring the options in North Platte. The board’s decision was difficult and was the result of an eight to three roll call vote. Every director voted with the best interest of the NCA as a whole in mind. The recent survey conveyed to the board that quality cattle are the membership’s top priority at Finals. The cattle in Afton will be single iron cattle that are available all winter and will be prepared for the trial by Director Steve Wight. The board believes returning to single iron cattle handled properly will allow us to put on the best trial possible for the NCA membership. . Weather was also a top priority in the survey, and we feel the moderate temperatures, cool nights, and low humidity in Afton will also help maintain the quality of the cattle throughout the event, as well as the competitor’s level of enjoyment. Distance was also a top priority, and was a difficult one for the board to weigh. The NCA is spread primarily from the center of the country to the west coast. Maps showing membership and 2016 Finals competitors by state were examined. 2016 Finals competitors average driving distance to both locations was calculated, where there is a slight edge in driving distance to North Platte. Main field size ranked a high priority in the survey, and the Afton fairgrounds offer an open field size of up to 80 acres, to be fenced to a size chosen by the board. Afton is a small community of approximately 2000 people that is excited about the Finals coming to town. The directors felt that a community the size of Afton will feel the impact of the NCA, and will appreciate what we bring to town. Afton is the home of the world’s largest Elk antler arch, consisting of 3,011 antlers, and is now also the home of the 2017 NCA National Finals. We look forward to working and planning with the committee in Afton and Steve and Sheri Wight to deliver an excellent National Finals.

NCA Board News

Intermediate Handler Move-up. At their meeting on September 21, 2016 the NCA Board voted to require Intermediate handlers to move to Open based on their lifetime point earnings. Separate point limits will be set for individual handler/dog teams and for handlers with multiple dogs. When point limits are met, handlers will be required to move to Open class beginning with the following qualifying year. Point limits will be established at the next Board meeting and will be based on analysis of historical point earnings. The two top point earning handlers from each year will still be required to move to Open.

Early Adult Onset Deafness Project (EAOD). Also at the September 21, 2016 meeting, the Board voted to support a project to determine the genes and mutations responsible for EAOD in Border Collies. The project is being conducted jointly by scientists at the University of Minnesota and at the University of Helsinki (Finland). The NCA will assist in sample collection at several NCA sanctioned trials and the NCA Finals. Contact the NCA office for more information.

Qualifying Points. At their meeting on July 18, 2016 the NCA Board approved a resolution stating that all points earned in NCA sanctioned trials shall apply only to the class in which they are earned effective at the beginning of the current qualifying year (April 1, 2016).

This requires a change only in the Nursery points. Open points earned by Nursery aged dogs will now count only in the Open class points.

A new Nursery point list has been posted.

NCA Regional Finals

Midwest Regional Finals

Nebraska State Fair
August 29-30, 2016
Grand Island, NE

Midwest Results

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

Nursery Dogs: Dogs eligible to compete in sanctioned Nursery trials during the 2016-2017 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).

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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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