Irish Wolfhound Times
(Irish Wolfhound Database and Breed Information Exchange)
For the first time in the history of British sport, Irish Wolfhounds figured yesterday in a coursing meeting. The event which had aroused great interest, took plae on Boscombe Down, near amesbury, Wiltshire (England) and attracted a lage company of sporting men and women, many of whom had come a very long distance to see what sort of show the biggest of all dogs would make against the strong running haresof Salisbury Plain. Yesterday the heats for the President's Cup and the Stewards's Cup were run off, and though greyhound coursing men who were present will probably not fear any great anxiety for the established order of this sport, it will be generally admitted that the performances of some of the hounds were highly creditable and demonstrted the possibilities of the breed for sport. They were put to a very severe test, the sliper invaribly allowed the hare more than the recognized start - thirty yards - and during the day there were but three kills. But some of the events produced really good sport, and a tremendous lot of ground was covered before the hare eventually got to cover in a clump of wood. The wolfhound is handicapped in several ways as compared with the gretyhound. The latter, as a result of being bred from many generations of coursing ancestors are equipped at the outset with an instinctive aptitude for the sport, they are lightweights and therefore quicker on the turn and being lower to ground better able to take a hare on the run.
There is no need to make a comparison between the greyhound and the wolfhound. The friends of the latter believe, and after yesterdays evens, more firmly than ever, that the great Irish hound is a real sporting breed and could be used with confidence gainst a big, quick-moving quarry. There were some magnificant examples of the breed entered for the meeting, and some of the best known breeders were present. Mr I W Everett had his famous Felixstowe Kilcoe entered, and Biss Beauchamp of Woodborough House, Bath was present with her grand young dog Thor Of Ilford. T H Hudson of St Mary, Bourne, Mrs Barr of Mayes Green Surrey, Mr Chas Champness of Weybridge, Mrs Ellis OF mersham, Surrey, Dr O Keefe, of St Helens, Ms Southey of Frinton On Sea, Mr A P Strohmmonger of Sunningdale, Mr E Watson of Berkwell, Warwickshire, and Mr J Nagle of Stonehenge, also entered dogs. Major Harding Cox acted as judge and Mr J Nagle, hon secretary of the Irish Wolfhound Coursing Club, was the slipper. The meeting will be continued to-day
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