Promoting proper cattle handling with the use of stock dogs


The Canadian Cattle Dog Association is a non-profit association that promotes proper cattle handling with the use of stock dogs.

Our Mission:

  • Bring knowledge to stockmen about the benefits of using trained stock dogs to handle their cattle.

  • Further the knowledge of those who already use stock dogs.

  • Supporting stock dog breeding, training and development with clinics and sanctioned trials held throughout the country for the betterment of both dogs and handlers.


Year Established


Across Canada


Sanctioned Events Per Year


Provinces Represented




Thank You Jordan

The CCDA board of directors would like to extend a thank you to Jordan Markowski for his time spent as a director.  Jordan served a two year term and was a great asset and a forward thinker on the board.  He was the driving force behind sponsorship, the merchandise store, the updated website, and a new Junior class (DTBA) to name a few.  Thank you for your time, and we look forward to seeing you and Hendrix on the trial field!


2021/22 CCDA Finals

Once again we are very proud to be presenting Troy Fischer buckles to this years Finals and High Point champions.  Troy is also one of our buckle sponsors and the CCDA board really appreciates his support to our association.

This year's CCDA Finals will take place on June 25th & 26th at the Lea Park Rodeo Grounds near Marwayne, AB. 


Canadian Border Collie Associaton

The CCDA is extremely happy to have the CBCA back again this year as a major sponsor to our finals event.

There will once again be a Troy Fischer buckle featuring the CBCA logo presented to the top pointing Open CBCA registered dog at the finals.  So if you are waiting to get your dog registered make sure you don't wait till after finals!



Upcoming Trials

  • APR 23: Westman Cattle Trial        (More details soon, MB)

  • APR 24: True North Rubber Boot Special,  Eriksdale, MB

  • MAY 8: Floating S Ranch Clinic and Trial, Ethelbert, MB 

  • JUNE 12: Desert Dwellers Cow Dog Trial, Dunmore Equestrian Centre

  • JUNE 25-26: 2022 CCDA FINALS (Marwayne, AB)

  • JULY 15-17: That'll Do Ranch Rodear, Westerose, AB 

  • SEPT 10: Hill 70 Quantock Ranch Trial, Lloydminster, SK

Past Trials

  • MAR 31: Hanging H Horseback Trial (Marwayne, AB)

  • MAR 22: Westman Cattle Trial        (More details soon, MB)

  • MAR 18: Thorlakson Winter Series #4 (Airdrie, AB)

  • MAR 13: True North Cattle Trial Eriksdale, MB 

  • FEB 18: Thorlakson Winter Series #3 (Airdrie, AB)

  • JAN 30: Eriksdale, MB SDT 

Trial Sanctioning

  • Available classes to sanction are Open, Nursery, Intermediate, Novice and Horseback

  • One or all classes in a trial may be sanctioned

  • Sanctioning is per run

  • If a trial has more than one run, each run will be sanctioned separately and will be awarded points separately (finals are not considered a run)

  • The sanctioning fees for 2020/2021 are $4/run

  • An application for a trial must be submitted at least 14 days before the trial in order to be eligible for CCDA sanctioning

  • Trial hosts MUST submit results no later than 30 days after their event,. Runs should be submitted separately including any and all RTs or DQs.

Trial Sanctioning Request
Please complete and submit the form below to submit your upcoming trial for sanctioning consideration.

Thank you! Your request will be reviewed and responded to by the CCDA board within 5 business days.


Last updated on  April 6, 2022



Last updated: February 15, 2022









Open - Stetson Roberts and Tip

Intermediate - Justin Breemersch and Zoe

Nursery - Barry Breemersch and Jazz

Novice - Erin McNeil and Pyper

Horseback - Marcel Vermette and Jock



Open - Peter Gonnet and Maggie

Intermediate - Justin Hozack and Jeb

Nursery - Campbell Forsyth and Jade

Novice - Jordan Markowski and Hendrix

Horseback - Kirk Mastad and Dex

Open- Milton Scott/Finn

Nursery- Campbell Forsyth/Craig

Novice- Andrew Campbell/Ace



Open - Jolie Vermette and Jack 146 points

Intermediate - Jordan Markowski and Hendrix 27.5 points

Nursery - Barry Breemersch and Jazz 58 points

Novice - Shar Kaczmar and Sadie 63 points

Horseback - Andrew Campbell and Ace 52 points

Open - Jolie Vermette and JR Vaquero 123.5 points

Intermediate - Remy Campbell and Jess 52.5 points

Nursery - Marcel Vermette and RVR Jock / Barry Breemersch and Templehall Ace 29 points

Novice - Janice Ludwig and JXL Riley 16 points

Horseback - Andrew Campbell and Ace 27 points


Open - Campbell Forsyth and Mac 105 points

Intermediate - Curtis Knox and Brin 41 points

Nursery - Dustin Gonnet and Jane 51 points

Novice - Andrew Campbell and Ace 38 points

Horseback - Campbell Forsyth and Sally 14 pts


Becoming a member of the CCDA will bring you opportunities to meet other excellent stockmen and handlers who have a desire to educate cattlemen across the country of the benefit of using trained cattle dogs to work livestock in a calm, humane manner.

Other benefits of becoming a member:

  • Acquire qualifying points for the CCDA Finals.

  • Attend our annual AGM and vote on association business.

  • Receive emails from the CCDA mailing list
    (you can unsubscribe from this list at any time)


    (Make sure to send your payment after filling out the form, as your registration is not finalized until your membership payment is received)!


Thank you for submitting your membership application. Don't forget to send your membership payment!

After submitting the above form, please ensure your send payment to complete your registration.  

You can do this by mailing a cheque made out to the “Canadian Cattle Dog Association” or “CCDA” to the treasurer Sherry Creech.

Or you can eTransfer your membership fee directly to 

Family Membership is $50/year OR Single Membership is $30/year.

Sherry Creech Box 10756

Lloydminster, AB

T9V 3A8


The Board of Directors

  • To re-elect board positions, at the AGM members may nominate other members and all attending members may vote on who will take the position for the next term.

  • When a board member's term is over, if the member is willing, the other members attending the AGM may vote that member stay in his/her position.


  • All novice and intermediate classes will be sanctioned no matter how many handlers or dogs are entered.

  • Open and Nursery classes must have four dogs to sanction and gain points.

  • If a trial has more than one run, then each run will be sanctioned separately and points will be awarded per run.

  • If a trial has multiple runs and a finals, only the runs will be sanctioned and points awarded.


  • Members begin acquiring qualifying points after their membership is received.

  • Memberships are annual. Starting April 1st -March 31st..

  • Single memberships are for an individual person.

  • Family memberships are for two adults and all children living at home under the age of 18 years of age.


  • Only members will be awarded Qualifying Points

  • The trial year runs April 1st to March 31st of the following year.

  • If a member should decide to enter a higher class or a trial that only offers an open class, then that member can no longer go back to class they were originally in (with the exception of Nursery)

  • If an intermediate handler wins at finals then they must move up to Open the next trial year.

  • Novice handlers will move to Intermediate at the board of directors discretion.

  • For the 2021/22 qualifying year, Nursery eligible dogs must have been born after October 1, 2018

To view a full copy of the CCDA Bylaws, click here.


Rules can differ trial to trial but these guidelines are an overview of the standard rules and conduct.


• Only trial organizer’s dogs are allowed in the arena prior to their run.

• No dogs are allowed loose on property unless supervised and controlled.

• Clock will begin when dog leaves handler or all 3 animals have entered arena and gate is closed. Whichever occurs first.

• Handler must not run while competing, unless otherwise stated at the handler’s meeting.

• No abuse of stock from either dog or handler or mishandling of dogs will be tolerated.

• If your dog is hurt during your run, retire immediately and attend to him promptly.

• Handler must not touch cattle with their stick should they choose to carry one.

• Handler must not pass through any obstacles unless otherwise noted in handlers meeting.

• Planes of obstacles and daylighting on retries will be discussed and marked at handlers meeting. Make sure you understand the rules of each obstacle before handler meeting breaks.

• 1 point is generally allotted for each animal that completes an obstacle. Handler must get at least one animal through an obstacle in order to advance to the next. A competitor can retry an obstacle as many times as she or he wants, but the score for the obstacle is determined only by the final attempt. Example 2 head pass through obstacle on first attempt but only 1 on second attempt, handlers score is 1. This is a common scoring system, however number of cattle, points allotted, and obstacle rules can differ depending on the trial, so be sure to ask at the handler’s meeting if you are unsure.

• Stepping over set handlers lines will be a DQ for Intermediate, Nursery, and Open. Judge will give Novice handlers a warning.

• Only novice handlers can be coached from sidelines.

• There are occasions when reruns will be granted or the clock will be paused for certain situations to be rectified, but this is at the judge’s discretion.

• Attend the handler’s meeting! Rules can vary slightly from trial to trial depending on the trial host and judge’s preferences. All rules outlined there can and will trump the rules stated above.

• Poor sportsmanship, verbal abuse, or physical abuse directed towards anyone in attendance of the trial will not be tolerated.

• JUDGE’S DECISIONS ARE FINAL. Do not consult or speak with the judge during your run if you are competing beyond the Novice level.

• If you have a minor complaint or concern speak with the trial host at a convenient time that does not interrupt the trial. Do not approach the judge with concerns.

• If you have a more serious issue you must notify the CCDA of your grievance in writing within 7 days of the trial or incident.

• Penalties for infringements on the rules will be at the discretion of the trial host, judge, and/or the CCDA board. Penalties could include but are not limited to - disqualification from a trial run or trial, loss of trial points, loss of association points, loss of membership, or lifetime ban.


The CCDA Board is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers from all over Canada.

President: Justin Hozack (587) 217 9104 hanginghranch(at)gmail(dot)com

Vice President: Peter Gonnet

Treasurer: Sherry Creech 


Secretary: Rosemary Currie 

Trial Co-ordinator: Janice Ludwig



Curtis Knox

Sarah Martin

Calin Duce

Kevin Donald

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