This article is from the American Kennel Club FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
From information supplied by Bonnie Dalzell, Marcia Cavan, Carol
Mount, and edited down to AKC-only by CTM in Sept. 1995. Note that
there is a more comprehensive Lurecoursing FAQ written by Bonnie
A "lure" coursing course consists of a line strung through a series of
wooden pulley set within a large field (many acres) with a "lure"
(usually a white kitchen garbage bag!) attached at some point on the
line. This line is also strung through a wheel that is attached to a
power source usually a car starter motor as the lure needs to have
enough power to be kept safely ahead of the fastest of the hounds. The
hounds run within their own breed up to 3 per "heat" with each hound
running and being scored on 2 heats. Each hound wears a blanket
(similar to at the Greyhound track) of either yellow, pink or blue
with the scoring being assigned to the blanket color and the
performance it gave. The dogs are scored on the categories of speed,
agility, endurance, follow and enthusiasm.
Up until 1992 only the American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA)
held lure coursing field trials and awarded dogs titles. In 1992 the
AKC accepted Lure Coursing as a sport introducing Lurecouring Tests,
at which the Junior Courser (JC) and Senior Courser (SC) titles may be
earned and Lurecoursing Trials, at which a dog may earn it's Field
Championship. Dogs that achieve both conformation and field titles are
noted as a Dual Champion (DCH)
Regular stakes are Open and Specials. Open is open to all hounds who
have earned an AKC Junior Courser or other qualifying performance
A dog with a Junior Courser title must have run alone in two separate
courses under two different judges on a course at least 600 yards with
a minimum of four turns, with enthusiasm and no interruption.
A senior courser must be eligible to enter the Open stake, must run
with at least one other hound, and must receive qualifying scores at
two trials under two different judges.
For a dog to earn its Lurecouring Field Championship, it must obtain
fifteen championship points, including two first placements with three
points or more, under two different judges. Points are earned in the
Open stake and depend on how many of the same breed also ran.