Lure Coursing is a performance event developed in the early 70’s by Lyle Gillette and other California sighthound fanciers who hunted jackrabbits in the open field, which risked the harm caused by barbed wire fencing. They invented lure coursing as a safer, more controlled sport for sighthounds that would recreate the physical requirements of open field coursing, allowing them to continue testing the functional abilities of their sighthounds. The hounds chase plastic bags on a course laid out to simulate escaping game.
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Come enjoy the fun, watching the hounds course and the camaraderie of their people.
You have a sighthound and would like to get involved in coursing but are not sure where to begin. The first thing is to come out to a trial, watch other dogs run, talk to a few people and run a practice with your dog. Practice is held at the end of the trials, time and weather permitting.
Your dog loves coursing and now you’d like to enter in the trials. If your dog is over 1 year of age they can be entered in the “singles” stake where he or she will run on their own. Each dog runs twice during the day, once in the morning (preliminaries) and once in the afternoon (finals).
If your dog has run in singles a few times and is still keen and having fun you can certify him or her. Certification runs are held at the end of each trial. Your dog will have to run with another hound of the same or similar breed who is experienced in coursing. If your dog is approved by a Judge, it’s time to enter your dog in the “open” stakes where he or she will run in the heats against 2 other dogs and compete with the other dogs of the same breed.
The most important thing in coursing is for you and your dog to have fun.