Italian Greyhound "Mikey", BOB winner at the 2007 IGCA ASFA Lure Coursing Trial
Lure coursing is a modern day "bloodless" copy of the original practice of "coursing" sighthounds. The sighthounds were bred specifically for sighting and running down game (coursing), as opposed to the scent hounds who would follow scents for miles until the game was caught up to, cornered, and held at bay.
attempts to "mimic" the idea of coursing. A course is set up in a large
field (usually 5 acres or larger), using corner pulleys, string and a machine
which pulls the string through all the pulleys in a set pattern so as to
"mimic" game (i.e.. rabbit or hare) running away from a predator. The dogs
are run in 3's, 2's or singly (depending on the number of hounds entered)
usually by breed, and are scored by 1 or 2 judges (number of judges depending on if you
are coursing in the USA or Canada) and judged on 5 criteria: speed, follow,
agility, endurance and enthusiasm. Hounds will run a preliminary
course (a.m.) and a final course (p.m.), then scores are added together giving
an overall finishing score. Dogs are put in order of highest scores
to lowest scores to ascertain 1st/BOB, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and NBQ. (BOB=Best
of Breed / NBQ=Next Best Qualifier or 5th). Sometimes there are ties
for placements, in which case the competitors will either "run-off" or forfeit for the tie.
If there are run-offs, these are done prior to any stake run-offs
for BOB. In Canada, if there are 24 dogs entered they will be divided
into two stakes of 12 (ASFA rules differ...see the ASFA web site for details).
The 1st place winners of each stake of hounds must run-off to get one BOB
That's basically it, in a nutshell!
Italian Greyhounds are eligible to lure course under FCI rules overseas, and as well in both AKC and ASFA Lure Coursing in the United States. After working hard to secure eligibility for them to Lure Course under CKC rules, it seems we may be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. If all goes as it should, they should be eligible to run in CKC Lure Coursing as of January 2010 (possibly even 2009, but more than likely it will be 2010).
Coursing? A guide for beginners to Coursing in the U.S.A. (Canadian rules
are very similar):
about practices and Club trials please contact the following clubs/organizations:
|Club Name||Contact Person||Telephone #||Email Address|
|AHCC - Afghan Hound Club of Canada||AHCC Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ASFA - American Sighthound Field Associaton||WEB SITE|
|CASA - Capital Area Sighthound Association||Ed & Johanna Granger||613 email@example.com|
|CSFA - Canadian Sighthound Field Association||WEB SITEfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|GCC - Greyhound Club of Canada||Laurie Soutaremail@example.com|
|GO - Gazehound Ontario Web Site||Eva Hunterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|IHCC - Ibizan Hound Club of Canada||Mary Jane Weiremail@example.com|
|LCLC - Lake Country Lure Coursers (ASFA)||Patty Munnikhuysen||716-751-6016||WsprWppt@aol.com|
|MGA - Michigan Gazehound Association (ASFA)||Jack Helder||517-655-1173|
|OLCA - Ontario Lure Coursing Association
|Heather Jean Dansereaufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|QLCA - Queon Lure Coursing Association||Lynn Clearyemail@example.com|
Call or email the above Contact persons for information about lure coursing practices and/or lure coursing trials.