The NSWLCA holds regular events in the cooler months of the year, including trials, tests, workshops and try out days. We recommend that dogs attend a try out day prior to entering a trial.
Try out days
The NSWLCA usually holds two try out days before the start of the lure coursing season each year, with one in Sydney and the other in Southern NSW. These days are normally geared towards new coursers, dogs who may need some more encouragement to course a lure or puppies who are not old enough to attempt a full course. We may also hold Try Outs at some trials if time allows, but as Lure Coursing is a popular sport, these are unlikely to be at trials close to Sydney.
2024 Dates Sydney 23 March 2024 - Hawkesbury Showground Southern NSW 13 April 2024 - Gunning Showground Planning for 2024 is now underway. Try Out entry information will be announced early in the new year.
The club occasionally holds workshops with an international expert on the sport. More details and registration information for our next workshop will be communicated here once it becomes available.
Tests & Trials
The NSWLCA holds multiple ANKC tests and trials each year, generally holding one per month from April-September. In order for your dog to compete, you must be a financial member of a state controlling body (in NSW, this is Dogs NSW) and your dog must be over the age of 15 months and registered with the ANKC. If you haven't entered lure coursing before, please note that all breeds first enter the Junior Courser (JC) class.
In our experience, people often underestimate the level of physical exertion required from the dog while lure coursing. The course length is from 600 to 1000 metres, which the dog will be required to complete twice on the trial day to qualify. For this reason, the NSWLCA recommends that only fit, well muscled and in-condition dogs enter ANKC trials.
The easiest method of entering NSWLCA trials is online at Show Manager.
2024 Trial Dates
Our 2023 season has now ended and planning for 2024 is underway. The current plans include:
Sunday 21st April | NSWLCA Trial | Lake Albert Pony Club. Wagga Wagga Sunday 12th May | NSWLCA Trial | Hawkesbury Showground, Sydney Sunday 9th June | NSWLCA Trial | Hawkesbury Showground, Sydney Sunday 14th July | NSWLCA Trial | Gunning Showground, Gunning Sunday 4th August | NSWLCA Trial | Canowindra Showground, Canowindra