twinpines Posted January 9, 2012 Report Share Posted January 9, 2012 Below is a some information about the National Cattledog Association, a new organization that is currently asking the USBCHA board to end sanctioning of cattledog trials. If you have any questions about our organization I would be more than happy to answer them here. NATIONAL CATTLEDOG ASSOCIATION What is the National Cattledog Association (NCA)? The NCA is a non-profit organization of cattledog users, handlers, trialers and enthusiasts and is dedicated to encouraging the use of cattledogs on the farm and ranch. The NCA will also sanction cattledog trials and sponsor the National Cattledog Finals. The NCA expects to become a 501©(3), which will allow it to accept tax deductible donations. The NCA was conceived and incorporated in December of 2011. The headquarters of the NCA is located at: 1175 58th Ave. Suite 100 Greeley, CO 80634 The NCA phone number is 970 224-2437. The NCA website is nationalcattledog.com. The Executive Secretary of the NCA is Tresea Briggs. The NCA office is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. The initial NCA Board of Directors includes representatives from across the country: Juan Reyes, WY President Tim Gifford, NE Vice President Bob Wagner, CO Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Mundorf, IA Jimmy Walker, TX Lyle East, MO Dan Gill, MS Loren Holmes, CA Robin Nuffer, ID Elections for Directors will be held next year. The NCA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are available on the website: nationalcattledog.com Why should the NCA assume responsibility for cattledog trials from the USBCHA? The USBCHA was founded in 1979 and held the first National Sheepdog Finals the same year. Sheepdog trialing has a long history and a solid tradition, going all the way back to 1867. Most of the USBCHA's 800+ members are sheepdog enthusiasts and most of the sanctioned USBCHA trials are sheepdog trials. Cattledog trialing is a much more recent development and the USBCHA only began sanctioning cattledog trials in 2001. Cattledog trialing has much less tradition than sheepdog trialing and is, in fact, still early in its development and evolution. Unlike in sheepdog trialing, there is little consensus regarding the conduct of cattledog trials (judged vs time and points, nature of obstacles, etc.). It seems most reasonable that such issues should be dealt with by the participants. A body of representatives drawn from the population of cattledog handlers would seem the logical group to make such decisions and to conduct the “experiments” necessary to determine the future of cattledog trialing. Therein lies the problem with the USBCHA. The vast majority of USBCHA members are sheepdog enthusiasts and the USBCHA Bylaws do not allow for a committee to be elected by a subset of the members, as a cattledog committee would need to be in order to be truly representative. The idea for the formation of the NCA actually came about as a result of discussions including Directors and officers of the USBCHA, who suggested that a separate organization might be the best way to ensure the continued survival and growth of cattledog trialing. The NCA has provisions in its Bylaws (see nationalcattledog.com) for the election of cattledog handlers from districts encompassing the entire country to serve as officers and Directors. All Directors must be active cattledog trialers, as must all voting members. It is the intent of the Board to establish guidelines and suggestions, but no strict rules restricting conduct of sanctioned trials (other than ages of dogs allowed in Nursery classes). The rules for the National Cattledog Finals will be established and reexamined yearly by a committee comprised of both Directors and other members. Directors and officers are term limited by the Bylaws to encourage involvement of as many members of as many viewpoints as possible. It is the overriding intent of the NCA to allow cattledog trialing to continue to grow, evolve and develop its own traditions. How will the NCA be funded? The main sources of funding will be member dues, sanctioning fees and donations. As indicated above, the NCA plans to become a 501©(3) non-profit, which will allow donations to be tax deductible. What about the ABCA support of the National Cattledog Finals? The ABCA has been a very strong supporter of the National Cattledog Finals and the NCA sincerely hopes and expects to continue to receive their support for upcoming National Cattledog Finals. One of the key reasons for having a friendly separation from the USBCHA and for avoiding any competition with the USBCHA is to ensure continuation of this funding. Jeff Mundorf Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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