This article is from the Lure Coursing FAQ, by Bonnie Dalzell with numerous contributions by others.
Who Registers Lure Coursing Sighthounds?
* The American Kennel Club
* The National Greyhound Association
* The Saluki Club of America
* The States Kennel Club
* The Canadian Kennel Club
Who Sponsors Lure Coursing Events?
In order of historical involvement in Lure Coursing:
* American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA)
* Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)
* American Kennel Club (AKC)
In North America there are three organizations that coordinate the
hosting of sighthound lure coursing trials. In order of years of
experience in the sport they are the American Sighthound Field
Association (ASFA) founded in May of 1972, the Canadian Kennel Club
(CKC) which took over Canadian lure coursing from the Canadian Lure
Coursing Association (CLCA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) which
became active in lure coursing in September of 199 Each have slightly
different running rules and criteria for granting titles. Competitive
points earned in one organization's trials do not carry over to the
other group's trials. However earned titles may affect eligibility for
other group's trials.
Who Puts On Trials?
Lure coursing trials are hosted by local clubs that are licensed by a
sponsoring organization. At the end of the article there will be a
listing of references for these clubs with contact addresses.
What Are the Differences Between ASFA and AKC Coursing Titles?
They are issued by different organizations. AKC titles are recorded by
the American Kennel Club and are printed out on official AKC documents
such as official pedigrees and on championship certificates and are
published in the AKC Awards publication. ASFA titles are issued by the
American Sighthound Field Association and are published in FAN (Field
Advisor News). They will not appear on official AKC issued pedigrees.
This does not mean that the ASFA titles are in anyway inferior. In
fact in my opinion and experience the LCM is the most difficult lure
coursing title to earn. The AKC JC is the easiest, the SC next, the
ASFA FCh next and the AKC FC is next.
Should I Participate Only In ASFA Or Only In AKC Coursing?
Don't limit yourself and your hound's chances to run. There are few
enough lure coursing field trials as it is. The AKC titles go on your
hound's permanent AKC records but once you have the FC there is not
much incentive to continue. Obtaining an ASFA LCM is the supreme test
of both coursing interest and long term vigor in a lure coursing