ISWS Racing Programs
Silken Windhounds, like all sighthound breeds, were created for the chase. They live to run and various programs are available where our Silkens can participate and have the opportunity to earn titles. In racing, we have LGRA, a straight race of 200 yards with three programs, and NOTRA, oval track racing that uses tracks of different lengths and layouts.
Silken Windhound racing originated with ISWS administered straight and oval racing programs that followed the rules of the national racing associations in which we now participate.
In 2005, ISWS implemented a straight racing program for Silkens based on the rules of the Large Gazehound Racing Association (LGRA). Many LGRA clubs around the nation would host an ISWS meet in conjunction with their LGRA meet. Silken Windhounds were granted provisional status by LGRA in 2012, then in 2013 gained full recognition. They may now compete without restriction in LGRA events.
Those Silkens that have earned points in ISWS may complete those titles by turning in race meet records to the appropriate ISWS officials, but no new ISWS titles will be awarded to those who did not earn points before January 2012.
The success of the ISWS straight racing program and its growing coursing program encouraged the ISWS to bring oval racing to the Silken Windhound breed. Sighthounds have been participating in oval racing for many years under the auspices of the National Oval Track Racing Association (NOTRA). The ISWS oval racing rules followed NOTRA rules.
The inaugural oval meet was held in November 2008 in northern California at an RCRA (River City Racing Association) meet. Many thanks go to those clubs who allowed Silken Windhound meets in conjunction with their NOTRA meets.
In 2013, Silken Windhounds that are registered with the UKC are able to enter NOTRA oval track race meets as a provisional breed. NOTRA clubs will vote whether to approve full status for Silken Windhounds at the end of the year 2013.
ISWS Racing Sites
For information on the ISWS racing programs, please visit the sites below.