Lure Course Title Listings

Historically, sighthounds have been used to chase game by sight (coursing) rather than scent. Lure Coursing is a humane sport which simulates a rabbit (the lure) in flight from predators (hounds) chasing it. However, there are no live rabbits in lure coursing events; instead, sighthounds chase an artificial lure attached to a pulley line—usually a white plastic bag, fake fur strips, or tanned rabbit skins. Sighthounds are allowed to “catch the prey” upon completion of a lure coursing run.

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AMERICAN SIGHTHOUND FIELD ASSOCIATION (ASFA)

The American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) pioneered the sport of lure coursing. Currently, over 120 lure coursing clubs hold ASFA trials throughout the United States. Given ASFA’s experience and stature in lure coursing, other dog-related organizations have modeled their lure coursing programs after ASFA’s. ASFA trials typically offer Open stakes (for hounds who have not earned an ASFA F.Ch.), Field Champion stakes (for hounds who have earned the ASFA F.Ch)., and Veteran stakes (for hounds at least 5, 6, or 7 years old depending on the breed). In each Open and Field stake, hounds compete only against other hounds of the same breed. To be eligible to compete in Open stakes, dogs that have not previously competed in an Open stake must first pass a certification test. The test includes successful completion of a 500-yard course, running continuously with another hound of the same breed (or a different breed with a similar running style), and showing no inclination to interfere with the other hound. This requirement can be waived if a dog has already titled in lure coursing in another recognized lure coursing venue. ASFA titles can be added after a dog’s name once they have been earned. For more information, contact ASFA at http://www.asfa.org/.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
F.Ch. Field Champion A dog must earn 100 championship points in Open Stake competition, including, two 1st places or one 1st place and two 2nd places. All such placements must be with competition, which means defeating at least one placing hound.
V-F.Ch. Veteran Field Champion A dog must earn 75 championship points in Veteran Stake competition, including, two 1st places or one 1st place and two 2nd places. All such placements must be with competition, which means defeating at least one placing hound.
LCM Lure Courser of Merit Requires a Field Champion title, four additional 1st places with competition, and 300 more points in the Field Champion stake. After achieving four more 1st places with competition and another 300 points, the title LCM II shall be awarded. Subsequent LCM titles (LCM III, LCM IV, etc.) can be earned in the same manner.
V-LCM Veteran Lure Courser Of Merit Requires a Veteran Field Champion title, four additional 1st places with competition, and 200 more points in the Veteran Field Champion stake. After achieving four more 1st places with competition and another 200 points, the title V-LCM II shall be awarded. Subsequent V-LCM titles (V-LCM III,  V-LCM IV, etc.) can be earned in the same manner.

 

 

American Kennel Club (AKC)

The AKC offers Junior Courser and Qualified Courser tests; and Open, Special, and Veterans stakes. All hounds with AKC Qualified Courser certificates or either American Sighthound Field Association or Canadian Kennel Club field championships may compete in Open stakes. Special stakes are open to all hounds with field championships. Veterans stakes are open to all hounds at least 5, 6, or 7 years old (depending on the breed). All AKC lure coursing titles, except championship titles, can be added after a dog’s name once they have been awarded. FC, NFC, DC, and TC are championship titles and can therefore be added before a dog’s name. In an effort to increase public awareness of lure coursing, the AKC launched a new, introductory titling event in February 2011—the Coursing Ability Test. The test is fashioned after the sport of lure coursing, but is separate from the AKC’s competitive lure coursing program. However, the coursing ability test may be offered in conjunction with AKC lure coursing trials. Coursing Ability Tests may also be held as stand-alone events. For more information, contact the AKC at http://www.akc.org ; coursing@akc.org; AKC Performance Events, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27617-3390; or (919) 816-3908.

 Lure Coursing Certificates and Titles
Title Title Name Titling or Certifying Requirements
JC Junior Courser Requires two qualifying scores under two judges at two separate events while running alone.
QC Qualified Courser Requires one qualifying score while running with a testing hound of the same breed, or another breed of similar running style. The handler presenting the qualifying hound is also responsible for providing the testing hound for the qualifying course. This certificate is a prerequisite to entering a hound in an Open stake.
SC Senior Courser Must be eligible to enter an Open stake. Requires four qualifying scores under three judges, while running with at least one other hound. Dogs of different breeds may be combined if all handlers agree.
MC Master Courser Requires an SC and 25 additional qualifying scores, with competition, in Open, Veterans, or Specials stakes.
FC Field Champion Requires 15 championship points, with at least two 1st places worth at least three points under two judges and at least one point earned in competition with a hound of the same breed.
LCX Lure Courser Excellent Requires an FC and 45 additional championship points in Special or Veterans stakes. Each time a hound earns 45 championship points, it will achieve the next championship level (e.g., LCX II, LCXIII, etc.)
NFC National Field Champion The winner of the annual National Lure Coursing Championship.
DC Dual Champion Requires both Field Champion (FC) and Champion of Record (Ch.) titles.
TC Triple Champion Any dog that is a Dual Champion and has earned an Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH), Tracking Champion (CT), or Agility Champion (MACH) title.
 Coursing Ability Test
Title Title Name Titling Requirements
ca Coursing Ability Test A dog must pass the Coursing Ability Test three times.
caa Coursing Ability Advanced A dog must pass the Coursing Ability Test 10 times.
caX Coursing Ability Excellent A dog must pass the Coursing Ability Test 25 times.

 

 

Canadian KENNEL CLUB (CKC)

The CKC currently governs lure coursing trials held in Canada, which means that Canadian lure coursing titles are issued by the CKC. However, lure coursing in Canada was developed many years ago by the Canadian Sighthound Field Association, a separate entity. In the late 1970s, the Canadian Sighthound Field Association (CSFA) was instrumental in bringing lure coursing to Canada. Today, although the CSFA does not preside over lure coursing trials, it remains the umbrella organization for all Canadian lure coursing clubs. Canadian lure coursing trial results are also regularly posted on the CSFA website. CSFA does offer certificates to dogs who earn 500 lifetime points; medallion awards to dogs who earn 750 lifetime points; and plaques to dogs who earn 1000 lifetime points. CSFA also annually issues Top Ten certificates. For more information, contact the CKC at http://www.ckc.ca; information@ckc.ca; 200 Ronson Drive, Suite 400, Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 5Z9; or (416) 675-5511. Contact the Canadian Sighthound Field Association at http://www.csfa.info/; marieclarke@shaw.ca; c/o Marie Clarke, 48740 Elk View Rd., Chilliwack, BC V4Z 1G9; or (604) 858-9792.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
FCh Field Champion Requires 100 points and one 1st place or two 2nd places.
FChX Field Champion Excellent Requires an FCh and a total of five 1st places and 300 points (which includes the 1st place, if applicable, and the 100 points earned for the FCh title).

 

 

UNITED KENNEL CLUB

The UKC offers regular lure coursing stakes (brace elimination format) for sighthounds and pariah breeds, regular coursing tests, and coursing aptitude tests. Coursing tests are the first level of competition for sighthounds; they include both a singles run and a run with competition. The coursing aptitude test is a noncompetitive pass/fail run for all dogs, including, mixed breed dogs. Nonregular puppy or veteran stakes may also be offered. Breeds that have four or more dogs entered in a lure coursing stake may run as a breed stake, which has a maximum entry of eight dogs. In the event of multiple stakes of the same breed, the stake winners will run off for Best of Breed. Breeds that have fewer than four dogs entered will run together with other breeds in a mixed stake. For more information, contact the UKC at http://www.ukcdogs.com; dogevents@ukcdogs.com; 100 E. Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584; or (269) 343-9020.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
CA United Coursing Aptitude Title Requires three qualifying scores in Coursing Aptitude Tests under at least two judges.
CAX United Coursing Aptitude Excellent Requires a CA and 12 qualifying scores earned while running alone. There are no restrictions on the number of judges.
CT Coursing Tested Requires three qualifying scores under at least two judges. The first leg must be earned while running alone and one leg must be earned while running with another dog. The third leg can be earned either way. Prior to competing in the regular classes, dogs must earn a Coursing Tested title, with at least one of the legs earned running with competition. However, dogs are exempt from this requirement if they have earned a coursing title from another recognized organization.
CCB Lure Coursing Champion - Breed Unless exempt (see above), requires a CT and a minimum of 100 championship points from a breed stake under at least two different judges. A dog must also win one meet with competition (four or more dogs coursing in a breed stake).
CCM Lure Coursing Champion - Mixed Requires a CT and a minimum of 100 championship points from a mixed stake under at least two judges. A dog must also win Breed Leader at two meets with competition (at least two dogs of the same breed).
GRCCB Grand Lure Coursing Champion - Breed Requires a CCB and an additional 200 points from breed stakes. Must also win at least two stakes with competition (at least eight dogs coursing in each stake).
GCCM Grand Lure Coursing Champion - Mixed Requires a CCM and an additional 200 points from mixed stakes. Must also win at least two stakes with competition (eight dogs coursing in each stake).
SCC Supreme Coursing Champion Requires either a GRCCB or a GCCM and a total of 1000 points from any stake or meet.

 

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