Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lure Coursing: Pup Debut

Luna and Gator attended their first two ASFA lure coursing trials this year and there's no doubt that these two siblings will be tough to beat!

Their first trial was actually a fun run put on by the Silken Windhounds of California as part of their process for becoming an official ASFA affiliate club. The silken community has worked very hard to gain recognition and acceptance for their breed and have been very supportive of our small MA contingent. So, even though the event was unofficial it was a great opportunity to support our silken friends and get the two youngsters started in lure coursing at the same time.

The SWC fun run was held in beautiful Hollister near Monterey Bay. Auntie Belle came along as well and ran in the ever popular singles stake. The course plan was nice and simple, which was a plus for our newbies. Gator and Luna are pretty well-matched but in the end Gator beat out his sister by a few points and went home with first place.

Belle had a great time and put in some good runs as well. Out of at least a dozen other dogs that were running in singles Belle ended up tying for first place. Good job Belle!

About a month later the pups got a chance to run in their first official ASFA trial with the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club down in Oakley. Cousin Fecni came along to fill in the trio but had a hard time keeping up with the two hot rod siblings.

As usual Gator and Luna were pretty well matched against each other but this time Luna ended up edging out her brother for the first place position, earning her first 12 points towards her ASFA Field Championship. Gator took a close second for 9 points towards his Field Championship with Fecni taking third place. Judge Kathy Kelly of Wirtu Hounds gave high praise to Luna for her amazing agility and speed. I think Luna may have found her niche in sighthound sports ;-)

Well done kids! Many thanks to Jackie Phillips for the wonderful photos!

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