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National Cattledog Association 2013 Final set for June 12-16

Dog handlers from across the country will gather at the Flying Diamond Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo. to compete in the first National Cattledog Association Finals on June 12-16. Spectators will watch the dogs in action as they herd 800-pound animals through a series of obstacles.

The ranch will come alive with people enjoying crafts booths, barbecue and refreshments.

More than 120 dogs will compete in four divisions: Open, Nursery, Intermediate and Horseback. Dogs qualify for the NCA National Finals by earning points in NCA sanctioned trials throughout the year. Each dog must gather 6 cattle, 200 yards out and herd them through gates placed out in pasture. The handlers whistle signals to the dogs as they maneuver the cattle through the course. The dogs use eye contact with the cattle and body positions to move the herd.

NCA encourages this humane method of cattle ranching. Spectators are encouraged to watch the focus and skill of the dogs.

In the horse division, cowboys will showcase modern day ranching styles. The dogs bring the herd toward the handler while they give command from horseback. The combination of cattle, horses and working dogs is a fundamental part of our agricultural heritage and impressive to see in person.

Tickets are available at the event: Adults $10, Children $5 – tickets are good for all 5 days of the event. For more information, visit

Date: 5/13/2013


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