NCA at the Illinois Horse Fair
March 6-8, 2015
Lyle East (Clinton, MO), NCA member and former Director, has been invited to present a cattledog clinic at the Illinois Horse Fair and has generously donated booth space to the NCA.
Richard Brandon, NCA President, will be manning the booth. Stop by, visit and learn more about the NCA.
For more information about Lyle's clinic click here
2015 NCA National Finals
June 10-14, 2015
Steamboat Springs, CO
NCA Regional Finals
South West Regional Finals
The South West Regional Finals were held November 16 in conjunction with the Lincoln Stockdog Trial in Lincoln, CA.
South East Regional Finals
The South East Regional Finals are being held November 22-23 at the SSDA Cattle Dog Trial in Brandon, MS. Entries will be taken at the trial.
North West Regional Finals
The North West Regional Finals were held September 28 at the SS Cattle Dog Trial in Cambridge, ID.
South Central Regional Finals
The South Central Regional Finals were held September 28 at the Duckhead Ranch Cattle Dog Trial in South Coffeyville, OK.
Midwest Regional Finals
The Midwest Regional Finals were held August 25-26 at the Nebraska State Fair in conjunction with the Nebraska State Fair Cattledog Trial in Grand Island, NE.
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
Champion and Reserve Champion at the National Finals will still 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 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.