What is S.H.O.T.?
Long ago, our sighthounds were prized by our ancestors for their speed, agility, stamina, and intelligence when following the object of their chase. As these were important qualities, our hounds have been selectively bred for centuries to enhance these natural abilities. After all, our ancestors had to put food on the table as well as rid themselves of unwanted predators and pests. Today, our hounds, although still hunters, donít often have the opportunity to be used for the purpose for which they were bred as chasing live game is no longer necessary for our daily survival.
So, in 1972, the sport of Lure Coursing was born to provide our hounds (as well as ourselves) with the excitement of the hunt. Instead of using live game, we have replaced it with white plastic bags tied to a very long string and dragged through an open field around pulleys.
Believe it or not, most hounds love the plastic bag and chase it just for the sport of chasing something moving faster than them! We add a few turns here and there to keep it interesting. Many of them howl and cry with the anticipation of running after the white plastic bags we call bunnies. This is one facet of dog sports our canine buddies enjoy as much as we do.
Since 1983, S.H.O.T. has been an organization made up of individuals who promote and are devoted to the sport of Lure Coursing in the Tidewater area. Our membership is dedicated to the advancement and betterment of Sighthounds. This group of dogs is comprised of: Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizian Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Pharoah Hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds, and Whippets.
We are licensed by both ASFA (American Sighthound Field Association) and AKC (American Kennel Club) to host Lure Coursing Field Trials and these are usually held in the spring and fall.
See SHOTs Schedule for dates & times of practice. Members have an opportunity to course their dogs as well as experiment and learn to lay courses for their dogs to run. They also have a chance to run the lure, if they so desire.
Itís a lot of work but itís also a lot of fun, too!
S.H.O.T. offers two levels of membership Ė family and individual. Our family rates are $25 per year. Individual memberships are $15. Free practice is included, no matter how many dogs you want to run Ė and they donít all have to be sighthounds, either.
For those just interested in practice, we charge $2 per dog / per run, to help offset the price of the gas as well as the wear and tear on our lure equipment.