Thursday, November 24, 2011


Watching sighthound lure-coursing is not entry level tourism, but it is a fun Sunday morning distraction and a way to take in some fresh country air, or as they say in France, s'aérer-- an important preoccupation of  French city dwellers. 
The lure runs along low-lying cables set up in an open field and controlled by a system of pulleys to simulate a fleeing hare.  The contests are between two dogs which are judged for their speed, strength, agility and capture of the lure. This practice event took place near Mantes-la-Jolie, in the Yvelines department.
poursuite à vue sur leurre: coursing simulation of hare hunting with an artificial lure
un lièvre:  a hare
un lévrier:  a sighthound
s'aérer: to get some fresh air; to clear one's head
aérer: to air, to ventilate

©2011 P.B. Lecron

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