Here at Alfheim many of our dogs enjoy competing in lure coursing trials and race meets. Introduced to the sport by friend and long-time whippet breeder, Barb Rooney, we quickly fell in love with the sport upon seeing the intense joy that it brought to the dogs. We have now been involved with the sport for more than a dozen years, have more than 25 titled dogs, and are active as both judges and participants.
Lure coursing is a performance event developed in the early 70's by Lyle Gillette and other California sighthound fanciers who hunted jackrabbits in the open field, which risked the harm caused by barbed wire fencing. They invented lure coursing as a safer, more controlled sport for sighthounds that would recreate the physical requirements of open field coursing, allowing them to continue testing the functional abilities of their sighthounds. The hounds chase plastic bags on a course laid out to simulate escaping game.
Both Italian Greyhounds and Ibizan Hounds are eligible to compete in lure coursing events hosted by ASFA and AKC.