WHAT IS LURE COURSING?
Lure Coursing is usually limited to sighthounds, that is, dogs that use their eyes rather than their noses for hunting. (For example - Afghans, Borzois, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Pharoah Hounds, Deerhounds, Salukis, and Whippets.) We also include the Basenjis, Beagles, & Rhodesian Ridgebacks with these hounds. Any other dog, pure bred or not, that has a penchant for the chase, may compete.
Hunting with dogs goes back to antiquity, as can be seen by pictures and tapestries in Art Museums. Lure Coursing is now a sport which is extremely popular in England, Europe, and the U.S.A. and came to Australia in the early eighties in the form that we practice now. It came first to Queensland and now N.S.W., Victoria, & Western Australia all have regular meetings.
Lure Coursing tries to stimulate the hound's natural instincts for coursing. The "Lure" (a bunch of plastic strips, skin or a plastic bag) is tied to a rope that is pulled around spindles and pullies by a motorcycle especially designed for this purpose. The course pattern is irregular and somewhat similar to the way a hare might run in the open field.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is any live game ever used in the trials or training of the Lure Coursing Dogs?
No live game is ever used in the trials or the training of the Lure Coursing Dogs. The R.S.P.C.A. has fully endorsed our sport and has commended our efforts for promoting responsible dog ownership. Not only do we encourage good health and safe exercise for our dogs, but all our officials are always ready and happy to direct newcomers to the right source of information concerning any health, dietary or handling questions they might have.
What happens during an Official Lure Field Trial?
In an official Lure Field Trial, the dogs are released on the Huntsmaster's call of "Tally Ho" and they follow the lure around the course. Each dog is scored on it's enthusiasm, follow, agility, speed and endurance. After the scores are totalled a the end of the day (each dog is run twice) prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd dog in each breed, with the overall winner of the day getting special recognition. These points allotted go towards the title of Field Champion and for those dogs that already have that title, the title of Lure Courser of Merit.
Where do these Field Trials occur?
We are leasing our grounds at Wally Tate Park, Kuraby from the Brisbane City Council & we keep bags, scoops, bins and so forth on hand for safety and cleanliness. We completely police our fully dog proof fenced area and are very proud to leave the area in perfect condition for our next Lure Coursing Meet.
Is there any gambling involved?
No gambling is involved with this sport as strictly outlined in our rules.
What happens if a dog sustains an injury?
As in all sports, the athletes, in this case the dogs, can sustain injuries, although much rarer than in human competitions (it seems that dogs never push themselves to their absolute limit) and for this reason we have a Veterinarian in attendance at most of our functions. Safety & First Aid officers are present at every meet.
Are there any restrictions to a dog racing?
Any dog with a drive for chasing is welcome. However puppies under nine months are not to be coursed in competition but may be trialed during specially designed runs for Novice and puppies, to be taken before and after the official event. For these runs, no written entries are required. Also bitches in season are not to be coursed.
My dog is not a pure breed, does this matter?
Any dog not registered with a club or other body that is recognised by the A.N.K.C. or the Greyhound Racing Control Board will compete in the Unregistered section. Competitors in this section are not graded and do not receive Championship points. They compete for designated awards on the day as well as the Year End competition for the Best Unregistered Dog.
What is it like to attend a Field Trial?
Finally, no amount of detailed description will ever be able to convey the atmosphere of a Lure Coursing Meet unless you actually participate!