Announcement: ASFA and AKC
Sighthound Lure Coursing and other Running Events for All Dogs
Events We Offer
ASFA Field Trials
The American Sighthound Field Association was the originator of lure coursing. Since 1972 the ASFA has been promoting the sport of lure coursing throughout the US. We are proud to be the first nationally known association for lure coursing. In the sport of lure coursing we do not chase live game, we use a plastic bag on a string powered by motors. The hounds love to “hunt” the plastic bag. You need only to see the speed, enthusiasm, ability, follow and endurance expressed by these wonderful sleek hounds to become hooked on the sport of lure coursing. ASFA sponsored lure coursing trials are held on most weekends throughout the year, usually in multiple locations arounds the country.
ASFA Lure Coursing Instinct (for non-sighthounds)
ASFA’s LCI program is the first lure coursing event for non-sighthounds where they are judged and compete for placements and points within their size class. Dogs run alone and receive a score for the 2 times they run in an event.
AKC Field Trials
AKC Lure Coursing may be the perfect answer! It’s an exciting way for him to do what comes naturally — but in a safe, controlled environment. In this event, dogs chase a mechanized, white plastic lure around a 600+ yard course that simulates the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Zig-zagging across a big, open field is simply heaven for these dogs! At the same time, it helps improve their focus, agility and sportsmanship.
AKC FAST CATs
FAST CAT® – which stands for Coursing Ability Test – is a timed 100-yard dash where dogs run one at a time, chasing a lure. It’s over before you know it — and it’s nothing short of awe-inspiring to watch your dog run at top speed, ears back, eyes focused, legs strong. And if your dog is really fast, you might earn bragging rights if his name makes onto the AKC list of top 20 fastest dogs by breed!
All dogs, whether purebred or not are eligible to compete. Each dog runs individually and chases after an artificial lure on either a 300- or 600-yard long course. Because the course is for beginners, it is set up with safety in mind because we recognize that many of the dogs are new to the sport and might not possess the agility of an experienced sight hound.