There are three lure coursing clubs in the UK.
The oldest Is The British Sighthound Field Association (BSFA) Which was formed in 1989 and have based their rules on those of the American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) . BSFA is a sighthound lure coursing club. Hounds run in pairs wearing red and white Jackets and unlike the other clubs you can choose your own partner dog to run with. Dogs gain points for Best in Class, Best In Breed, and Best in Field. High scores are awarded points and along with Best of breeds dogs can gain the title Lure courser of merit. BSFA run a continuous lure system.
The Sporting Whippet Club is a traditional coursing club was formed in 2013 and as the name suggest is purely for pedigree whippets. They have based their rules on the old coursing rules and Dogs run from slips and in height stakes, Standard Dog 18.5’’ -20’’, Standard Bitch 17.5’’- 18,5’’ and Open class for all whippets up to 21.5’’ which is usually divided into 2 or 3 height stakes.
Dogs gain points over the season and the top eight dogs in each section are invited to run on finals day. All dogs are issued with a passport and run in muzzles and red or white collars. SWC run a Drag lure which has to be taken back to the start after each run. All runs are pre drawn and a card is produced for each meeting.
UK Sighthound Sport is a sighthound club and the newest club formed in 2017. It has adopted the European style of coursing and its rules. Dogs can only run after completing two satisfactory clearance trials before gaining a license. Dogs again run in red or white Jackets and wear muzzles. UKSS run a drag lure system
Its aim is to gain recognition for the sport by the Kennel Club to bring us in line with other European countries and the USA, Canada and Australia with the relevant titles.
The club currently holds Three Championship meetings per year where dogs can gain Lure Coursing Certificates, when a dog gains three of these they are award the title Lure Coursing Champion.
Dogs can also gain points to qualify to run at the European Lure Coursing Championships and the top six of each sex in each breed can take part.
All three types of coursing are great fun and a good day out for Whippet and Owner and a great way to keep your dog fit.