Certification runs are held at the end of each trial. Your dog will have to run with another hound of the same or similar breed who is experienced in coursing. If your dog is approved by a Judge, it's time to enter your dog in the "open" stakes where he or she will run in the heats against 2 other dogs and compete with the other dogs of the same breed.
The most important thing in coursing is for you and your dog to have fun.
Huntmaster is the person who checks each dog at the start line and starts each the heat.
Judges score the hounds in each race. Each hound's score is based on Enthusiasm, Follow (how well they follow the lure), Speed, Agility, and Endurance.
Lure Operator is the person who operates the lure (usually a white plastic bag) around the field for the dogs.
You have a sighthound and would like to get involved in coursing but are not sure where to begin. The first thing is to come out to a trial, watch other dogs run, talk to a few people and run a practice with your dog. Practice is held at the end of the trials, time and weather permitting.
Your dog loves coursing and now you'd like to enter in the trials. If your dog is over 1 year of age they can be entered in the "singles" stake where he or she will run on their own. Each dog runs twice during the day, once in the morning (preliminaries) and once in the afternoon (finals).
If your dog has run in singles a few times and is still very keen and having fun, you can certify him or her.
Practice is held at the end of a trial and allows new dogs and puppies to try coursing. The length of the course is dependent on the age of the dog. For example, puppies only run a few feet and dogs over 1 year can run the full course.
Premium List has the official entry forms and all the information needed for each trial, location, starting time, course designs, names of judges etc.
Roll Call is the time the hounds are examined to ensure they are fit enough to run in the trials. Each person has to arrive at the trial prior to roll call.
Slip Lead is the collar/lead used to release your dog at the start of the race.
Tally-Ho is what the huntmaster says to begin each heat. The owners of the dogs must not release their dogs before the "T" in Tally-ho.