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Tracking and treeing events.

There is a parking area (no hookups) for RVs.

Concessions available during the bay and a special Thank You dinner Saturday night.

We will be having a raffle fund raiser and auction to benefit NLDA member Rachael Connally to assist with medical expenses.

Let us know if you have an item to donate to the fund raiser. No donation is too small!

Members Meeting
There will be an NLDA meeting Saturday night.

The NLDA will be hosting a tracking dog clinic during the Lone Star Bowhunters Banquet on June 11th, 2016 at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown, Texas.

Our workshops are appropriate for beginner and novice dogs and their handlers as well as anyone else just interested in learning more about tracking dogs. During a typical workshop, everyone has a chance to work their dog on a blood trail. We will have about 40 acres of diverse terrain to work on.

Seminar topics covered generally include:

» Starting a dog and Building drive
» Training techniques
» GPS and E-collar use

A tracking lead will be provided if you do not have one. If you plan to stay at the banquet all day, bring a crate and water dish. Reunion Ranch has a nice covered porch so your dog can be crated in the shade while you play.

The entry fee is $40. Half will be donated back to the LSBA. We will provide donuts and beverages.

It will be at Reunion Ranch in Georgetown.
The start time is 9 am.


Winners of the Feb 2016 NLDA Hog Dog Trials
Puppy Bay
1st – Shep’s Lone Star Lacys “Ole Shep”
2nd – Sandy Mira “Ram”
3rd David Denman “Trixie”

Young & Old
1st – Chris Merworth and David Shepherd “Pete and Ole Shep”
2nd – John Wyble and David Shepherd “Bull and Ole Shep”
3rd – Rick Carter and David Denman “Ariel and Buck”

Two Dog Am
1st – The Leeks “Ben and Colt”
2nd – Jay Davis and David Denman “Ranger and Buck”
3rd – Chris Merworth and Jay Davis “Pete and Ranger”

Single Dog Am
1st – Chris Merworth ” Pete”
2nd – Shane Lowry “Belle”
3rd – John Wyble “BBK’s Sammy”

Youth Bay
1st – Josie Davis “Pete”
2nd – Autumn Merworth “Daisy”
3rd – Jaylee Davis “Ranger”

2 Dog Open
1st – Chris Merworth “Pete and Daisy”
2nd – Jay Davis and Chris Merworth “Ranger and Pete”
3rd – John Wyble and David Denman “Bull and Buck”

Single Dog Open
Chris Merworth “Daisy”
David Denman “Buck”
Shep’s Lonestar Lacys “Ole Shep”

The 2016 calendar now available for purchase!
12 Month Wall Calendar
Images were submitted by our members and fans. Get your copy today! Makes a great gift for the holidays!

Contributing photographers:
Courtney Farris
Andrew Virdell
Elaine Jones
Wes Mundy
Chris Day

$17.50 + shipping

We are taking pre-orders now. These will ship the week of December 10th…just in time for Christmas!

Order online!


We are looking for fun, creative, or interesting photos for our annual Working Lacys calendar.
The profits from calendar sales help support the mission of NLDA. If your images is chosen, you will receive a free calendar.
2015calPlease consider the quality of the photos. The winning images will be cropped for 8.5″ X 11″ horizontalcalendar so they must be at least 300 dpi or 1200×1600 pixels. You may submit as many pictures as you want. The deadline is Monday, November 23rd. You will be able to pre-order calendars beginning on Black Friday. They will ship out in time for Christmas.Submit your best pictures to

By submitting content to the NLDA for the Working Lacys Calendar you hereby permit usage, reproduction, printing and distribution of all submitted content. Thank you and we are looking forward to receiving your photos!


Do you wish to take part in the stewardship of the Lacy breed? To leave a legacy of well bred, healthy Lacys with strong working instincts? Is the preservation of the working-type Lacy your personal passion?

The NLDA Approved Breeder Program recognizes reputable breeders who have been heavily involved in the breed for many years, breeding responsibly and producing quality, healthy puppies.

The program was designed to recognize breeders who take an active role with their dogs and demonstrate an above-average commitment to the breed.

Approved breeders have the power to influence, guide and teach future Lacy breeders and owners.

Approved Breeders receive

» Preferred listing on NLDA website and forum

» Preferred referral by NLDA staff

» A free one-page web ad for one full year on NLDA’s website.

» Discount on all Registration Fees

To become an Approved Breeder, you must

1) Join the NLDA

2.) Have at least one working Lacy Dog over 18 months of age that has passed inspection and is registered with the NLDR

3.) Submit a completed application and $25 fee.

Anyone can breed dogs. Are you just a breeder or are you a breeder committed to both improving the breed through selective breeding programs and proving your dogs’ working abilities both in the field and via performance trials? If you’re the kind of breeder that prefers quality over quantity, become an NLDA Approved Breeder.

We would like to congratulate all of our newly elected Board Members. We welcome Wes Mundy and Branden Bringhurst to the NLDA Leadership and thank Lauri Lowry and Amber Low Middleton for their continuing commitment.
We would also like to acknowledge and congratulate John Wyble as Member of the Year and his Lacy Dog, Patch, as Dog of the Year. John has been a huge promoter and supporter of the NLDA. The membership has selected a great guy and great dog to claim the titles.


NLDA Annual Meeting & Get-together
Wells, TX
August 22nd, 2015

It’s that time again! The NLDA annual meeting and get-together is right around the corner. This year, it will be August 22nd at a privately owned ranch in Alto, TX. Please RSVP for directions.

The purpose of the annual meeting is to conduct association business. It is open to everyone. The annual meeting is a great way to make sure your voice is heard, meet other members, and join in some fun Lacy fellowship. Lodging, food and beverages will be provided. Dogs are allowed on the property but not in any buildings.

If you are interested in running for office, nominations will be accepted until July 22nd. Help shape and improve your organization! As an NLDA leader, you will be able to work on issues that you care about and build valuable relationships with fellow members. To nominate yourself or another member, please send an email to Also, don’t forget to nominate a Member of the Year and Dog of the Year!

The slate of nominees will be announced in July, ballots will be sent to all current members, and the new Board will be installed at the Annual Meeting.

The following positions are up for election:

BOD position #1
BOD position #2
Vice President
Member of the year
Dog of the year

If you think you can attend or there are topics you want to add to the meeting agenda, please let us know.

Thank you,
Courtney Farris

NLDA Public Relations & Communications

With annual elections right around the corner, this is a great time to join or renew your NLDA membership.

The membership drive will run until the end of June. We are going to raffle off some great items from Mud River Dog Products. Everybody that joins or renews during the membership drive will get a chance to win one of these great prizes!

When you Join, Renew, or Recruit you get:

  • One entry for everyone who signs up or renews during drive (1 entry for every year paid)
  • One entry for every person who refers someone else that signs up during drive (1 entry per referral)
  • Five Entries for new lifetime memberships
  • All current lifetime members automatically get One Entry

What is the NLDA?
The National Lacy Dog Association is a non-profit organization comprised of owners and breeders, many of whom grew up with working Lacys.
Member dues support our mission statement of breed conservation by funding working dog events, educational programs, historical and scientific research, online resources and much more.

That’s right…with the NLDA, your dollars go directly toward supporting the breed you love.

Members may vote in annual elections, run for office, serve on committees, apply to become approved breeders and participate in official NLDA events.

What does the NLDA do?
Here are a few things the NLDA does for Lacys and working dog owners:
-We hold training clinics, host sanctioned field trials, hog baying competitions, and conduct social events that are of interest to our members.
– We oppose bills that negatively affect working dog owners and breeders
– 2009 & 2010 Bonus Sponsor TDHA Hunt for the Hungry
– Led the way in Lacy color genetics research with UC Davis
– In 2013, the NLDA advised and worked with TP&W to get the use of blood trailing dogs approved in an additional 12 Texas Counties
– Held benefit fund raiser for SAR canine team
– Hosted Breeder Seminar “Raising High Achievers”
– Sponsored East Texas Hog Dog Championship
– Sponsored Lone Star Bowhunters Association 5 years in a row
– Sponsor / donor 2015 Purple Heart Hog Hunt & Bay Championship
– Assist in rescue / rehoming neglected Lacys when possible

How can you join?
Joining is so simple. Just visit and checkout via Paypal.

If you prefer to pay by mail, simply download the membership form and mail it in with payment to:

National Lacy Dog Association
1884 State Highway 294 West
Alto, TX 75925

If you would rather pay by credit card over the phone, please call 830-220-4747 for assistance.
Thank you for supporting Working Lacys and the NLDA!

The NLDA is proud to be part of the 2015 Texas Blood Trackers’ Annual Blood Tracking Seminar! 

Texas Blood Trackers Training Seminar

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