Meridian Coursing Guild Information
Rebuilding the coursing program has required much work—not only with the new machine, but also with raising funds, promoting coursing through classes, and doing public relations with this website, business cards, guild displays, and so on. Thanks go to our web master, Muriel ingen Gille-Crist, and many others, including: THL Peryn and Lord Rhydderch, Lady Isobail, Ron and Lady Madelena, Lady Nuala, Sir Cona, and Sir Aedward.
This webpage also has a copy of draft one of the " The Meridian Coursing Handbook ”. Draft two will be available shortly, as we have implemented some changes in guild policy and procedure. Please read over this document carefully before making plans to course in Meridies. I highly recommend that any folks interested in coursing also read the Compleat Anachronist volume on hounds and coursing, which is available from the main SCA website under Publications.
New initiatives: THL Peryn is working on: 1) putting members in contact with a trainer for hound certification as canine good citizens, and 2) finding ways to include hounds more at events, particularly indoors. Iarlles Aeruin is working on putting together a junior and novice fewterer program to get youth involved in coursing. Lady Nuala is working on new hound coats, which may be available with personalized arms. If you are interested in working on these initiatives, please contact these good ladies.
I highly recommend that any folks interested in coursing also read the Compleat Anachronist volume on hounds and coursing, which is available from the main SCA website under Publications.
Please keep checking this webpage, as we'll add more announcements and
information about coursing as our program grows. Thank you all for your
support of the hounds!
What is hound coursing? In the Middle Ages, sighthounds were a category of dog bred to “sight” and chase down prey. Probably the best known sighthound is the greyhound; sighthounds also include Irish wolfhounds, borzoi, whippets, and Scottish deerhounds. However, in the Current Middle Ages, we do not use live prey, but rather a lure (usually a shopping bag!) Simply put, we set up a circle of pulleys in a gently sloping circle and with the aid of an engine-driven coursing machine, run a rope (aka line) with the attached plastic bag around the circle. The hound chases the bag, and what a fantastic spectacle to watch a dog run for the sheer joy of it. We let the hound “shake” the bag at the end as a reward. Spectators cheering for the dogs is highly encouraged—they really do appreciate it!
In Meridies, all healthy hounds are welcome to course, regardless of breed. The greyhound and Italian greyhound are the most common coursers I've seen, but don't let that stop you! If you would like to let your hound attempt coursing, I will be happy to assist you.
If you are interested in coursing out of kingdom, please be sure to
check with the houndmaster or houndmistress of the event to see if there
are specific breed or other requirements for participation.