You may like to bring your dog along to a meeting and let them run in our trials.
A trial is an opportunity for the dog to get used to chasing the lure. Most sighthounds don't need much training or practice but occasionally a dog does not take to the lure and so this gives you a chance to see how your dog likes it before committing to joining the BSFA and entering your dog in competition. Your dogs performance in a trial will not be evaluated by the judges.
We run two trials sessions at each meeting, one before the morning competition runs and one before the afternoon runs. You may run your dog in either session or both. We aim to start the morning trials at around 10am and so it is recommended that you arrive in time to book your dog in no later than 9:30 am. Please bear in mind that everyone working on the day are ordinary members who volunteer their time and energy to put these events on and be patient if we are running behind. On arrival, find the horse box or blue tent that we use as an office. You will be asked to fill in your dogs name and age on the trials sheet and sign to say that you accept liability for any injuries. The fee for a trial is £2.50 per dog, per trial. We are a very friendly group and you will be given all the help you need to get started.
Your dog can run in trials for as long as you feel is necessary for them to get the idea of chasing the lure. Once they move on to competitions they may not return to running trials unless there is a good reason such as after a while out of running due to injury or illness.
Please note, while you cannot trial and compete a dog at the same meeting, you may trial one dog and compete with another at the same meeting.
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