What Is Lure Coursing?


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According to the American Sighthound Field Association, "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."

Lure coursing can also be described as a fast-paced chase sport. Dogs run after a "bunny" lure (usually a white plastic bag) that is attached to a line. They run in an open field and run as fast or slow as they want.

Luratics is an ALL-BREED SPORTING CLUB that features LURE COURSING, SPRINT RACING and sometimes other fun things like EARTHDOG. Most lure coursing is only open to sighthounds, but Luratics is open to all dog breeds. Purebreds, mixed breeds, any size or shape - all are welcome here!

At our fun runs dogs usually run the course individually, not with other dogs, however, in some cases housemates or buddies will be allowed to run together. Please check with Pat if you'd like to do this.

In Sprint Racing and at Lure Coursing Trials, dogs compete against each other on the field. Check out our calendar page to see when these competitive events will be coming up!

WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO EXPECT:

1. When you arrive, go to the table and we’ll sign you in; you’ll be issued a number that will be your place in the group order. Numbers are issued in consecutive order as people sign in and you’ll keep that number for all of your runs. 

2. Once your dog has run, you’ll get back in line behind everyone else who signed in before you (bring a chair or blanket to sit in!).  When your number comes up, your dog will run again.

3. There’s no set time for each run, just the number system.  This is a sport and, like any other, things tend to take their own time.  You should count on being out there for several hours. 

4. Please review the Rules posted on this site so you know what to expect.

 

Click HERE for our Lure Coursing Rules.

 

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