of the ASFA Hall of Fame is to honor in perpetuity those hounds
that have achieved outstanding performances or records in the sport
of lure coursing. This fosters the continued remembrance of remarkable
individual coursing careers and sets a high standard to help new
hounds and owners achieve their goals.
The Hall of
Fame shall also honor those individuals who have donated a great
part of their life to improve and promote the sport of lure coursing
for sighthounds. Since its inception, the sport of lure coursing
has continually evolved. That evolution has taken place through
the vision and energy of people who should be honored for their
efforts on behalf of the sport. We shall endeavor to remember always
those individuals who have given their time and energy to make lure
coursing what it is today. Their commitment serves as an inspiration
to those who would, in turn, take the sport to greater heights.
The Hall of
Fame was instituted in 1998. The 1998 Annual Convention of Delegates
elected into the Hall of Fame the first Field Champion of each breed;
the first Lure Courser of Merit of each breed; the first AKC conformation
champion of each breed to become an ASFA Field Champion; the only
three hounds to obtain the Grand Field Champion title; and the following
people: Lyle Gillette, Tom Leone, Betz Leone and Gary Forrester.
These hounds and individuals are the Charter members of the ASFA
Hall of Fame.