One of the most natural and exciting sports that Italian Greyhounds can compete in is lure coursing.
Lure coursing competition attempts to create a simulation of a hare’s flight to evade a pursing hound. The hare’s path is generated by a continuous line looped through a series of pulleys producing a set of straightaways and varying turns. Please don’t be alarmed, instead of a live bunny, a set of white plastic bags are attached to the line to attract the IG’s attention. At a competition, IGs run in trios with traditional greyhound style racing blankets. Judging is not according to time but rather ability to follow the lure, enthusiasm, agility, speed and endurance.
Before you start lure coursing, make sure that your Italian Greyhound is in good physical condition. The IG should be getting frequent, vigorous exercise and its feet should be conditioned to a variety of surfaces. We strongly recommended that your IG be run at several practice events, alone, before entering a trial so you may gauge its fitness, reactions to other hounds on the field, and interest in coursing the lure.
An Italian Greyhound may compete in American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) trials. The American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) is a national organization dedicated to preserving the function and natural beauty of sighthounds. Contact the ASFA Regional Director for your area or the ASFA Corresponding Secretary. A rule book can be obtained for a nominal fee and ASFA publishes a bimonthly magazine containing a schedule of trials to be held in the next twelve months. Let the clubs in your area know you are interested in receiving Premium Lists for their upcoming trials.
IG’s are also eligible to compete in American Kennel Club (AKC) lure coursing. AKC rules and a list of AKC approved lure coursing clubs is available from the AKC web site, as is a searchable schedule of events.
The following is a list of sources of further lure coursing information:
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“Field Advisory News (FAN): Coursing magazine for the American Sighthound Field Association”
Editor: Vicki Clarke
P.O. Box 399
Alpaugh, CA 93201
$30 Bulk mail $42 First class
“So You Want to Run Your Sighthound Handbook of Competitive Hound Events”
Author Denise Como
$15.00 plus $2.00 S&H
PO Box 137
Cassville, NJ 08527‐0137