50 dogs wanted for lure coursing
WHETHER a wait at Cunningham’s Gap tests the patience of Brisbane dogs brought to town for the Warwick Lure Coursing Club Field Trial on Sunday won’t matter.
The reality is once the dogs see that plastic bag being driven on a long cable, the lure of the chase will take over.
The field trial on Sunday is the first since the club was reformed in February.
Club secretary Cathi Kelly said once she turned at the cemetery down the road to Henry Joppich Park (venue), her dog Bridie, a border collie/kelpie cross, got hyped up in the back of the car.
“The dogs know where you are going,” Kelly said.
“For the dogs, it is all for the thrill of the chase.”
Jan Walker said her Tenterfield Terrier dog, Jenny June, jumped on the dashboard of the car when they neared the lure coursing grounds.
“Jenny June is now eight years of age and has been in lure coursing since 10 months of age,” Walker said.
“She loves it.”
Both dogs also like the sound of the motor bike (motor) which powers the lure.
Club president Anne Freebairn said she was hoping for a minimum of 50 dogs on Sunday.
“The Brisbane Lure Coursing Club will be supplying judges and a race secretary,” Freebairn said.
A large percentage of the nominations will be from the Warwick club which has had up to 34 dogs at practice days in 2011.
Registration is at 9am and competition starts at 9.30am Sunday. Cost on Sunday is $5 per dog for club members and $6 for non members.
This year, the club has two field trials planned on Sunday and on September 25 as well as practice days each other month.
The club has a practice day and fun morning planned on November 27 to complete the year.