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ORCA strives to promote lure coursing and racing as a family oriented activity, encouraging good sportsmanship, safety, and quality events that will be enjoyable for both hounds and people.
We currently hold events under the auspices of the American Kennel Club (lure coursing and CAT tests), Continental Whippet Alliance (Whippet only straight racing), Large Gazehound Racing Association (non-whippet Sighthound straight racing), and the National Oval Track Racing Association (oval track racing all Sighthound breeds).
At this time, the following breeds can participate in the selected events:
NOTRA - Only purebred Afghan Hounds, Basenji, Borzoi, Cirneco dellEtna, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Magyar Agar, Pharaoh Hounds, Portuguese Podengo, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds, Silken Windhounds, Sloughis, and Whippets may be entered in an Official Race Meet held under the rules and regulations of NOTRA. Whippets are the only breed that does not allow PAL registry
LGRA - Only purebred Afghan Hounds, Azawakh, Basenji, Borzoi, Chart Polski, Chirneco dell'Etna, Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Magyar Agar, Pharaoh Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Scottish Deerhounds, Silken Windhound, and Sloughi may be entered in an official race meet held under the rules and regulations of LGRA.
AKC Lure Coursing - Eligible Breeds and Registry: Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, Borzoi, Cirneco del'Etna, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Italian Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Portugese Podengo Pequeno, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds and Whippets. All entries shall be individually registered wth the AKC, or have been granted an ILP/PAL number by the AKC.
Effective January 1, 2008: Azawakh, Portugese Podengo, Thai Ridgeback and Sloughis, 1 year of age or older, that have been recorded with the Foundation Stock Service (FSS), or that have been granted and Indefinite Listing Privlege (ILP) are eligible to enter lure coursing tests and trials for junior, senior, and master courser titles, but are NOT eligible for championship points, and are NOT eligible to run for Best in Field.
AKC/CAT tests - All dogs can participate, this inclues all AKC registered purebreds, and Foundation Stock Service (FSS). Spayed or neutered dogs, or dogs with breed sidqualifications MAY BE ENTERED. The purpose of the AKC Coursing Ability Test is to provide all dogs and their owners and enjoyable, healthy activity in which they can participate. Based on the sport of lure coursing, the Coursing Ability Tests will serve as an introduction to the sport for all eligible dogs and their owners.
Dogs run singularly (alone), and only one time in each test. They chase a lure made of plastic strips that are pulled through a series of pullies. The CAT is a pass/fail event. In order ot pass, the dog must complete the course with enthusiasm and without interruption and without stopping within a set amount of time. The speed and distance will depend on the size and type of dog.
*Dogs under 12" at the withers, and /or brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs will run approximately 300 yards in 1 to 1 1/2 minutes
*Dogs over 12" at the withers that are not brachycephalic will run approximately 600 yards in 2 minutes.
The maximum time is not meant to be difficult to achieve, but to prevent a dog that "walks or trots" the course from passing.
The judge keeps the official time and decides the merits of the dogs performance. If there is a question as to which course the dog should run, the judge will decide.