Lure Coursing

ANKC Official Lure Coursing Trials

The Hound Club ran its first ANKC LC Trial July 23rd 2017 and are planning to run many more in future.
Our events are advertised on Facebook, EasyDogEntries & Dogzonline.

HCV ANKC events are capped at 70 dogs (plus committee) – this is to ensure the dogs are all able to get their second run/s by the end of the day.
We will announce at least 3 days prior to when entries will OPEN and when they have reached cap/closed.
This announcements will be mailed to members and put on our Facebook page.

Online entries are our main platform, however, in regards to paper entries, phone the Trail Secretary as soon as the trial opens, give them the details & post them asap.

We also allow substitutions up to one week before the event. No exceptions, please call the Trail secretary if you wish to make a substitution.



What is Lure Coursing?

The purpose of Lure Coursing events is to preserve and develop the coursing skills inherent
in hounds, specifically Sighthounds, and to demonstrate their ability to perform the function for
which they were originally bred. Lure Coursing is an artificial simulation of the way a hare
might run in the open field, with the course pattern being irregular and varied with every meet.

The lure is strips of plastic bags tied to a nylon cord which is pulled around on pulleys by a
battery operated motor. A normal course is between 650 metres to 800 or 900 metres long;
however course lengths can vary dependent on field conditions on the day.

The objective is to test a dog’s ability to course without showing signs of undue stress or lack
of fitness. Coursing places a considerable amount of load on many aspects on a dog’s
physical structure and temperament characteristics. The sport is a test as to the physical
capabilities of the dog. (ANKC Rules)


Who Can LC?

Everyone,so long as your a member of the ANKC affiliate of your state i.e DogsVictoria and that your dog is registered (including associate register)

Registered Sighthounds (plus Rhodesian Ridgeback’s & Basenji’s) are in the Sighthounds stakes and all other breeds (including associate Sighthounds) are is the CA (Coursing Ability) Stakes.


How old can your dog start coursing?

12 months for the Junior Coursing (this is like a qualifying class every dog needs 2 passes to progress)

18 months to compete in Singles & Open Stakes


Rules & Title Progression

The ANKC LC rules have an appendix at the end which highlights the progression for Titles in LC.



(Image/s: Tracey Morris)