Lure Coursing

From the American Kennel Club (AKC):

Lure Coursing Tests and Lure Coursing Trials are an opportunity for sighthound breed owners to evaluate the working abilities of their hounds. These events are artificial simulations of live game or open field coursing. The purpose of the Lure Coursing program is to preserve and develop the coursing skills inherent in sighthounds and to demonstrate their ability to perform the function for which they were originally bred. 

 A Lure Coursing Test is a non-competitive event at which instinct tests and qualifying tests are run for eligible sighthound breeds. Tests are pass/fail events.  

 A Lure Coursing Trial is a competitive event at which Open, Special and Veteran stakes are offered for eligible sighthound breeds. Championship points toward titles are earned by dogs competing in trials.   Scoring and placing of winners shall be decided on the basis of qualities evidenced by: Overall Ability, Follow, Speed, Agility and Endurance.

NCIWC hosts trials under both the American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) and AKC.

Online Resources: 

American Sighthound Field Association, ASFA:

Coursing – American Kennel Club:

 Open Field Coursing

 Sighthounds chase after live game, typically jack rabbits, and scored as in a Lure Coursing Trial. 

For information about Open Field Coursing contact Kevin Steele at 

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