Adelaide Lure Coursing & Racing Club

 


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What is Lure Coursing?

Lure Coursing is a tradition steeped sport which was originally started to give sighthounds the ability to hone their age old skills of hunting using their eyes rather than their noses.

Lure Coursing tries to stimulate the hound's natural instincts for coursing, by chasing the Lure (a bunch of plastic strips or a plastic bag) that is tied to a rope and pulled around spindles and pulleys by a stationary 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 and certainly keeps the dogs and their owners entertained.

Traditionally only sighthounds participated in lure coursing and racing, including breeds such as Afghan Hounds, Borzois, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Deerhounds, Salukis, and Whippets. Here at ALCRC we like to think that the sport shouldn't be limited to the sighthounds only, so we encourage any breed of dog, purebred or not, that has an affinity for the chase, to come along and compete.

Hunting with dogs goes back to ancient time, as can be seen by pictures and tapestries in Art Museums, but as all good things, Lure Coursing has evolved over time and is now a sport which is extremely popular in England, Europe, and the U.S.A.