All Lure Coursing events in 2021 will be conducted under the approved NSWLCA COVID-19 Safety Plan. It is a condition of entry that all participants be familiar with the plan and fully comply with it.
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The NSW Lure Coursing Association Inc. will commence the 2021 season by holding Try Out Days in Sydney on 7 March (Orchard Hills) and Tarago on 2 May. Check-in will commence at 8.30am on both days and the first runs will be at 9.30 am. You can access the entry system at the bottom of this page.
"Try Outs" and "Cash & Dash"
"Assistance Runs" are for adult dogs who have not coursed before, or handlers looking for help getting their dog to run a full course. Each dog will be allocated a maximum of 10 minutes for assistance. The Lure Operator, Huntmaster and Trainer will be available to assist and advise as required. Dogs may attempt part or full course runs. Off-field assistance is available to learn the best way to release and retrieve your dog, and to answer questions. The cost for each dog is $10 if you are already a member of Dogs NSW or the NSWLCA. Otherwise, the charge for your first dog is $15. This will give you NSWLCA membership and thereby insurance coverage.
"Cash & Dash" is for experienced adult dogs wishing to have a bit of practice before the start of the trialling season. The runs will be over the full course. The cost is $5 per run (or $15 for the first dog if NSWLCA membership is needed). Dogs must be aged 12 months and over to run on a full course.
"Puppy Runs" are assisted runs for puppies aged between 6 & 12 months. Such dogs are not physically mature enough to attempt a full course. Puppy Runs will be conducted at the same time as the other try outs, however puppies will only be able to attempt part of the course, with the aim of seeing if the puppy has the instinct to chase the bags. These runs will generally only include a straight line and an open corner to minimise the impact on their bodies and help protect their developing joints.
Lure Coursing uses a loud engine to drive the bags around the course and pulleys on the field. Some puppies can be overwhelmed by this, which can have an impact on their willingness to course in the future. If in the opinion of the NSWLCA field team your puppy is showing signs of stress you will be advised to take your puppy off the field for its wellbeing.
The cost for each puppy run is $10, or $15 for your first puppy if you don't have Dogs NSW or NSWLCA membership.
Please note: Puppies under the age of 6 months are not eligible for puppy runs.
General Conditions of Entry
COVID-19: ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLY WITH NSW HEATH ORDERS AND THE NSWLCA COVID SAFETY PLAN FOR LURE COURSING MEETS All dogs must be securely contained in a crate or vehicle. Dogs that escape and interfere with a dog on course will be refused any further participation at the meet. Lure Coursing is very demanding on your dog's physical fitness. To avoid injury or illness, dogs which are in the opinion of NSWLCA officials, unfit to participate on the basis of weight or soundness, may be refused participation on the day.