This German shepherd was excited for its first lure coursing event and eagerly chased down the target.
This German shepherd was excited for its first lure coursing event and eagerly chased down the target.

Lure of sport seems hard to pass

THE Warwick Lure Coursing Club enjoyed a successful day last weekend, with a fun-filled day of coursing which brought a few new members to the club.

President Anne Freebairn said it was a great day for people to get a taste of the unconventional sport.

“Everybody had a really fun day on Sunday and we had a reasonable amount of newcomers,” she said.

The newest additions to the club included a German shepherd and a staffy and Freebairn said they both performed really well at their first event.

Freebairn is now hopeful more people will develop or rekindle an interest in the sport, which is steadily growing within the local community.

“The dogs really love it and that is why people come back,” she said.

“I just think more people should come down, have a try and see how they go.”

Lure coursing involves a plastic bag that is pulled around a course to imitate the movements of a hare and initiating the dog’s instincts for coursing.

The dogs are judged on a number of factors, including enthusiasm, follow, speed, agility and endurance.

Lure coursing enjoyed a 13-year run in Warwick before a 12-month hiatus, which ended last year.

But the sport is now back and growing in popularity, as the club prepares for its third training day of the season to be held at Henry Joppich Park on Sunday, May 29.

Freebairn said the past two practice dates were a lead up to the trial day in July and said she was expecting a large attendance, with people from as far as Brisbane registering their interest.

Entry costs for the practice days are $2 for members and $3 for non-members and competitors should arrive at 9.30am to be ready for a 10am start.

Closed footwear is required and anyone who requires more information on the sport can contact Anne Freebairn on 4666 6208.



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