NCA Benefit Clinic

There will be an NCA benefit clinic May 23 in Buffalo Gap, SD. The clinic is being hosted by Tom and Lester Conger and is being held in conjunction with the Conger/Petty Ranch Cattledog Trial (May 24-25).

The clinicians will be Juan Reyes and Tim Gifford.

Entry Form

2015 NCA National Finals

June 10-14, 2015
Steamboat Springs, CO

New NCA Video

NCA Started Dog Winner Announced

Ranae Schlater of Exira, IA is the winner of Glen, NCA's started dog project dog.

Congratulations Ranae and good luck with Glen!

NCA Board News

Membership year changed

The NCA membership year has been changed from the calendar year (Jan - Dec) to the NCA qualifying year (Apr - Mar). All active memberships for 2014 will automatically be extended to March 31, 2015.

Intermediate class changes

  • The Intermediate teams with the highest and second point totals following the qualifying year (April 1 - March 31) will only be required to move to the Open class if they do not attend the National Finals.

    Champion and Reserve Champion at the National Finals will still be required to move to the Open class.

  • The Intermediate Horseback Champion at the National Finals will be required to move to the Open Class.

  • If you have any questions or comments, please contact one of the Directors.
  • NCA FAQS & Facts

    FAQ: What rules does the NCA have for qualifying trials and why don't they have more?

    Facts: The NCA firmly believes that local hosts should be able to structure their trials to meet the needs and interests of the people coming to their trial and recognizes that different parts of the country have different interests. The NCA specifies course designs, obstacles, judging, conduct, etc. only for the NCA National Finals.

    The NCA has only two rules for qualifying trials:

    1. Age requirements for a nursery dog.
    2. Qualifications to be an Intermediate handler

    The NCA does encourage, but does not require, local hosts to follow NCA National Finals guidelines for judging and conduct.

    FAQ: Many NCA trials, particularly the NCA National Finals, use cattle that have often been worked extensively with dogs in preparation for the trial. Others advertise trials for which the cattle have been worked little, if at all, with dogs and claim that these cattle are, therefore, “fresh” as if this makes for a better trial. What's the story?


    NCA Receives $5,000 Grant

    The NCA has received a $5,000 grant from the Georgene Hagar Memorial Donor Advised Endowment Fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation. The NCA was eligible to receive this grant because it is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

    The purpose of the grant is to support those portions of NCA activities that take place in Wyoming. In 2014, the NCA sanctioned 7 trials in Wyoming from January through August, sponsored a clinic in January to assist and educate ranchers and cattledog handlers in training and using cattledogs, and put on a two day demonstration at the Ag Expo in Cheyenne in September. All of these events, and more, are expected to occur in 2015.

    The NCA

    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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