Coursing Advisory Committee

Karen Arends, AKC Coursing Advisory Committee Chair

The AKC Coursing Advisory Committee has been actively reviewing the current lure coursing regulations, talking with participants in the sport, and discussing possible changes or adjustments amongst the committee in an effort to produce suggestions for the best lure coursing program possible.

One of the issues being reviewed is whether hounds having a Junior Courser title is sufficient evidence that they are able to run in a lure coursing trial safely with other hounds. The idea of retaining the Junior Courser title - but requiring additional certification of the ability to run cleanly with another hound prior to being able to run in competition - is a very possible solution to the concerns for the safety of all the hounds involved in a trial.

As different areas of the country have varying numbers of the different hound breeds, there is ongoing discussion on methods to adjust the point schedule in order to have an equitable manner to obtain points in all areas.

Entry of Field Champion hounds in the Open Class and pulling hounds after the first run - both possible ways to affect the outcome of points - have been brought up as concerns. Different ways of addressing the earning of points are currently under review.

The Coursing Advisory Committee plans to have drafts of their recommendations completed in the next couple of months. Below you will find a list of the CAC members - and we invite you to contact any member of the Committee with any thoughts you may have on ways to make the sport of AKC Lure Coursing run smoothly, safely, and fun for all.

Lure Coursing Advisory Committee
CHAIRMAN Karen Arends Joshua TX 76058
  Donna Richards Denver NC 28037
  Bob Bohanek Mendota Heights MN 55118
  Frank Yeh Tustin CA 92780
  Richard Stillwell Duncan OK 73533
AKC Staff Liasion Bob Mason Mustang OK 73064
Club Name Committee Member City State Zip Email address
At Large Delegates - East Donna Richards Denver NC 28037
Central Richard Stillwell Duncan OK 73533
Mountain Linda Scanlon Eagle CO 81631
Galveston Bay Saluki Club Karen Arends Joshua TX 76058
Irish Wolfhound Assn of the West Coast Robin Burchett Concord CA 94520-1441
Evergreen Basenji Club Katie Campbell Seattle WA 98116
Upper Chesapeake Bay Saluki Club Jeff Lipps Blacklick OH 43004
Ibizan Hound Club of the United States Holly Hamilton Seattle WA 98116
Italian Greyhound Club Jack Downing Allen TX 75002
Indian Nations Basenji Club Linda Stillwell Duncan OK 73533
Central States Basenji Lure Coursing Club Arnieta Kurtz Lisle IL 60532
Midwest Borzoi Club K.C. Artley Springfield OH 45502-8722
Sighthound Organization of Tidewater Janet Queisser Maidens VA 23102
Greyhound Club of America Beth Anne Gordon La Luz NM 88337
Irish Wolfhound Club of America Karen Frederick Ballwin MO 63021-7908
Southern Oregon Kennel Club Nancy King Aiken Butte Falls OR 97522
Bay Area Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Janice Schindler-Horvat Hayward CA 94542
Trinity Valley Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of TX Nancy Henry Copper Canyon TX 75077
Cascade Coursing Club Carol Chittum Fall City WA 98014
New England Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Clay Leslie Uncasville CT 06382
Fort Bend Kennel Club, Inc. Judy Newton Richmond TX 77469
Inland Wilderness Hunt Club Frank Yeh Tustin CA 92780
Borzoi Club of California Lorrie Scott Ramona CA 92065-3311
Jersey Rag Racers Whippet Association Caroline E. Kirchner Glassboro NJ 08028
Northern California Whippet Club Susan M. Oace Berkeley CA 94702
Sierra Slopes Ibizan Hounds Kathleen Kelly Sacramento CA 95828
Carolina Lure Coursing Society Larry Richards Denver NC 28037
Saluki Club of America Kathy Lipps Blacklick OH 43004
Nashville Kennel Club William S. Geshwiler Columbia TN 38401
Greater Twin Cities Whippet Club Bob Bohanek Mendota Heights MN 55118
Lone Star Whippet Club Dana Moran McKinney TX 75069
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the US Ian Davies Frederick MD 21702
Afghan Hound Club of America Jan Margaret Swayze Atlanta GA 30327
Borzoi Club of America R. Lynn Shell McKinney TX 75071
Northwest Coursing Club of Washington Floyd Huyber Auburn WA 98092-2101
Saluki Club of Greater San Francisco Suzanne Forsyth Davis CA 95616
Mid-Atlantic Italian Greyhound Club Vanessa Girton Glen Burnie MD 21061
OKI Gazehound Organization Jeff Leonard Beavercreek OH 45432-3924
Garden State Sighthound Association Jean Pennie Voorhees NJ 08043
Orange Coast Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Debra Driza San Marcos CA 92069
Afghan Hound Club of Greater Portland Peggy Gainer Newberg OR 97132-6761
Borzoi Club of Greater New York Steve Esposito Mohegan Lake NY 10547
Mason Dixon Ibizan Hound Club Dean W. Wright Holtwood PA 17532
Greater Columbus Sighthound Association Julie Johnson Columbus OH 43204
Windchasers Lure Coursing of Indiana Dick Schroeder Wanatah IN 46390
Greater Valley Forge Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Elizabeth Mansfield Montclaire NJ 07042
Irish Wolfhound Club of Puget Sound Cie Harris Camano Island WA 98292
Coursing Hound Association of the Mid-Potomac Judy Brader Falmouth VA 22406
Lake Country Lure Coursers Laurie Soutar Princeton ONT N0J 1V0