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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).


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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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