Ontario Lure Coursing Association
And now for some important information about running a field trialYou can make a difference, even if you can help out for an hour or so.. Easy ways to volunteer at a lure coursing field trail (and you don't even have to be an OLCA member):
- come early (one hour before roll call) and start by carrying equipment
- Learn as you go how to place pulleys and tie downs, eventually how the field is set up and how the machine works
- Volunteer to help the field clerk for even one or two breeds
- Learn how scores are tabulated and recorded - when you are comfortable with this you will be able start helping the field trial secretary
- Benefit is you will get a whole new perspective on the course and may learn by listening to the judges
- Volunteer to run paperwork from the field clerk to the field trial secretary after each breed
- Scores can only be posted as quickly as the paperwork is delivered to the field trial secretary
- Hang around and talk to the lure operator between courses
- If you're interested, try running the lure around before the trial, at lunch, or after the trial at practice
- Volunteer to help set up lunch, serve and collect money
- Give the volunteers who have been working all day a break!
- Take the practice list, call out the names and collect the money
- It's great when people donate things, but even better if you can organize and execute a fundraiser whether it be a 50/50 draw, raffle, silent auction etc - doesn't have to be complicated or too time consuming
- Feel free to do this at any OLCA trial!
THANK YOU FOR VOLUNTEERING.Everyone will appreciate your efforts, and the trial will run more smoothly For information on coursing and Ontario Lure Coursing Association
Please contact - Adrienne Osfolk
Ontario Lure Coursing Association originally consisted of a group of people who got together in the late 70's to have fun when lure coursing was being developed as a sport for sighthounds.
In 1979 the first official trials were run on June 16th & 17th at Coldcreek Conservation area in Bolton, North of Toronto. These trials were held under the auspices of CSFA, (Canadian Sighthound Field Association) which was the governing body for lure coursing in Canada at that time.
On Saturday the entry was made up of 8 Afghans, 6 Borzois, 1 Scottish Deerhound, 1 Greyhound, 5 Salukis, 16 Whippets and 4 Irish Wolfhounds (total 45 Hounds). The Sunday trial was bigger as there were 3 Afghans and 2 Borzois added. There was one less Whippet entered so the total number of hounds was 49. As was usual for any club starting up the first time in lure coursing the result was a big financial loss to the members of $432.88, however the trials were successful
The club became inactive for a few years but then started holding trials again in 1983.
OLCA currently holds trials 4 times a year. A Spring Trial (2 days) a one day trial in conjunction with Lake Country Lure Coursers (an ASFA Club). One Weekend is in New Liskeard in August in Northern Ontario (6 hours North of Toronto) and we finish up the year on Thanksgiving with 3 trials and an amazing pot luck dinner.
Field Trial Dates 2014
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- May 10, 11 - Gazehound Ontario, Orangeville
- May 17, 18 - Ontario Lure Coursing Assoc, Ancaster
- June 21, 21 - Ontario Lure Coursing Assoc, Ancaster
- August 9, 10 - Whippet Club of Easern Canada, Winchester
- August 18, 19 - Ontario Lure Coursing Assoc, New Liskeard
- September 20, 21 - Gazehound Ontario, Mono
- October 18, 19 - Ontario Lure Coursing Assoc, Ancaster