The 2025 NCA finals will be held at Wilmoth Ranch in Mount Vernon, MO; just 30 minutes from Springfield MO and 1 hour from tourist hot spot Branson, MO. 2025 dates for the finals are Tuesday, April 8th through Saturday, April 12th.

To be eligible to run in the Nursery classes for the 2024-2025 qualifying year, dogs must have been born on or after October 1st, 2021.

Trial hosts are required to submit sanctioning fees and trial results within 3 weeks of their trial.

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The National Cattledog Association

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.

Our Mission

The mission of the National Cattledog Association is to encourage efficient, low stress and humane cattle handling by promoting the use and demonstrating the value of well trained cattle dogs.