Coursing and LGRA

As currently planned, LGRA test runs will take place at 7:30 AM on Tuesday, May 31st, followed by LGRA races. Please plan to arrive early for test runs so you can find a test partner to run with. Test forms will be available at the secretary’s desk, or you may download them ahead of time from LGRA’s site.

AKC JC and QC tests and ASFA certifications will take place at 2:30 PM the same day, on the coursing field.

The AKC Lure Coursing trial will hold roll-call on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30 AM and the ASFA Lure Field Trial will roll-call on the 2nd at the same time.

Debbie Habian is our field events chair and she has put together an outstanding field crew. Judy Lowther, of Erie Canine Events Services, will be our FT Secretary, Joe Shoemaker will be our lure operator (see more about both below), and Deb Narwold and Frances Abrams will be our judges (see Our Judges page). Please remember that no premium lists will be mailed out! To enter, go to the secretary’s site, linked above.

See below for aerial views of the coursing field and its relationship to the rest of our show site. We have, after two years of wheedling, cajoling, and negotiating, managed to obtain the larger field that we were hoping for!

This one is just across the street from the smaller field that we thought we were going to have to settle for, and we’re excited to have gotten permission to use it! Please see the aerial views below.

Coursing Raffle!

Debbie Habian announces that this year, for the first time, there will be a coursing raffle! There will be a gift basket filled with fabulous goodies for both humans and hounds! (See the photo of the actual basket at right.)

The contents include a silver canister Brodies Royal Scottish loose
 leaf tea; a box of Edinburgh whiskey tea packets; a pack of Purina prime bones chews; a wooden bunny-lid canister of hard ginger candy; a wooden bunny lid canister of dog training treats;  a Glenfiddich white, size large T-shirt; a box of Walkers shortbread cookies; a bottle of Glenmorangie Highland single malt scotch whiskey; a Smoke and Stout cacao bar; a  bottle of Glenfiddich pre-made scotch Manhattans, a can of haggis,  a heavy-duty black lead with a no-pinch handle and black martingale collar; a very cute stuffed bunny; a bunny canister filled with hard dog biscuits; a bunny-themed teacup, a bunny themed tea towel, a  Glenfiddich scotch whiskey water pitcher; and a scotch tasting glass inscribed with a clever Winston Churchill quote.

The basket will be displayed each day on the coursing field and in the Hospitality Room after hours. The drawing will take place Thursday, June 2nd, at the end of the ASFA trial. You need not be present to win. 

Deb suggests that you bring return address labels to stick on the half of the ticket that goes into the drawing (also a good idea for the Friday dinner raffle). Easy to add a phone number or email addy if needed.

Tickets will be available each day up until the drawing. You may pay in cash, or by check made payable to SDCA.

Buy one or more tickets for a dollar each, eight tickets for $5, fifteen for $10, or forty for $20.

Good luck!

Field Secretary - Judy Lowther

            I’ve had dogs my entire life and no, I’m not going to tell you how long that is.  I got involved with purebred dogs in the late 70s, the first being a Mini Poodle.  From there I progressed through other breeds landing with a confirmed Whippet addiction in 1992.  Since then I’ve been involved with several clubs, both national and local, and have worked all aspects of shows, lure coursing events, and race meets.  I started judging lure coursing in 1998, and conformation in 2007.  I’m currently approved, in AKC conformation, for 13 hound breeds, nine of them sighthounds.

Lure Operator - Joe Shoemaker

Lure coursing has been my primary avocation since 2007, when my wife and I celebrated the first birthday of our first dog, a Whippet. A year after that, I began helping with lure coursing trials, first as a huntmaster and lure operator throughout the eastern half of the country, then as a chairman and secretary for events closer to my home in Michigan.

Over the course of the past fourteen years, I’ve operated the lure for trials, tests, and races for three dozen clubs, including national championships, region and international invitationals, and breed national specialties and was named the lure operator of the year in the spring of 2018. 

With Scots in the family tree, I’ve always harbored affection for the noble Scottish Deerhound, and I’m deeply honored to return to your national specialty for a third time.

Editor’s note: Although you can’t see Joe’s face in the photo, he chose to send it because it “looked a bit Scottish,” with the plaid shorts. I have kept the photo large, so you can fully appreciate them.