Lure Coursing

Lure Coursing

Lure Coursing Working Party Contacts

Lure Coursing Working Party Chair – Jacki Winders,
NSW Lure Coursing Association –

What is Lure Coursing?

Lure coursing is a performance sport developed in the early 70s by sight hound fanciers who hunted jackrabbits in the open field. 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 hounds. Lure coursing aims to preserve and develop the coursing skills inherent in sighthounds and to demonstrate that they can perform the functions for which they were originally bred. The hounds chase plastic bags on a course laid out to simulate escaping game. The plastic bags are pulled around on a nylon string course, propelled by a hand controlled motor.

A coursing dog should have the ability to course without showing signs of undue stress or lack of fitness. Coursing tests many aspects of a dog’s physical structure and temperament. As a consequence, dogs who participant in lure coursing need to be both sound and fit.


Who can participate?

Lure Coursing is open to all breeds and associate register dogs. There are two streams with two separate sets of titles.

Sighthound stream breeds are: Afghan Hound, Azawakh, Borzoi, Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Pharaoh Hound, Saluki, Deerhound, Sloughi, Whippet, and Italian Greyhound plus Basenji and Rhodesian Ridgebacks

The Coursing Ability stream is open to all other registered breeds and associate register dogs.


Junior Courser JC. NO
Senior Courser SC. NO
Lure Courser of Merit LDM. NO
Lure Courser Excellent LCX. NO
Coursing Ability CA. NO
Coursing Ability Advanced CAA. NO
Coursing Ability Excellent CAX.  NO
Single Lure Courser of Merit sLCM. NO
Single Lure Courser Excellent sLCX. NO
Veteran Lure Courser of Merit vLCM. NO
Veteran Lure Courser Excellent vLCX. NO
Field Champion FC. NO
Singles Field Champion sFC. NO
Veterans Field Champion vFC. NO


More information on titles and eligibility is available in the rules on the Dogs Australia website.

Try Out Days

Try out days are an opportunity to see if your dog will run without the pressure of a trial.

For further details on Try Out Days contact the NSW Lure Coursing Association by email:

Do I need to buy special equipment?

Not unless your dog is in the Sighthound stream and you plan to run your dog in open stakes (ie, with other dogs). If that is the case, once your dog has qualified as a Junior Courser you will need to purchase “blankets” (racing jackets) for your dog in the recognised colours of blue, yellow and pink.

For more information contact Jacki Winders at

More information

Lure Coursing Committee

DOGS NSW Lure Coursing Test and Trial, Regulation Course Length Form

Open and Veteran Class Clarification

The following Lure Operator’s are deemed suitably experienced and competent as per the Dogs Australia Lure Driver Competency Standards (Effective 1 January 2023), to operate the lure at any Lure Coursing Sanctioned Events, Try Out or Education days:
* Bear Paintain (Lure Coursing, Lure Driver – Trainer & Assessor)
* Tony Maxwell
* Daniel Blackwell