Oulun Seudun Vinttikoiraharrastajat ry
since 1975

The Oulu Sighthound Club (Oulun Seudun Vinttikoiraharrastajat ry, OSVKH) was founded in 1975 in Oulu, northern Finland. OSVKH is a member of the Finnish Sighthound Association and Finnish Kennel Club. We organize events for all FCI sighthound breeds (about 20 breeds in FCI 10 & 5).

The purpose of our club is to organize and promote sighthound-related hobbies in Oulu area. Every year, we have activity in (international or national) dog shows, FCI track racing and lure coursing: official events, training, and open events for all breeds.

During the summer season we organize weekly racing training and occasional lure coursing training for our members and anyone interested in sighthounds or trying these sports. Racing is organized at Virpiniemi sand track in cooperation with the Virpiniemi Greyhound Club.

FCI sighthound trials and dog shows are very popular in Finland:

  • Lure coursing 2014: 20 breeds, 870 dogs, 4315 starts
  • Track racing 2014: 16 breeds, 631 dogs, 1962 starts
  • Dog shows: about 200 000 entries a year (2012)
For participation in racing and coursing trials, a valid FCI licence is required.

We wish you warmly welcome to our events, and hope we can help you with any questions!

Useful information (updated 3.2.2017)

Racing & coursing events in Oulu 2017

June 4th 2017 (reserve day 3rd in case of high number of entries)
Lumijoki, Oulu region

Spring Coursing

Lure coursing on sand, preliminary map link to location

Lure coursing for all licensed sighthounds. District championship for local dogs.

Special rules for classes apply: Males and females of the breed compete in one class. (Measured breeds compete in standard/oversize classes.)
Owners may enter two dogs as a pair for the first run. If both dogs qualify for finals, the pair will also remain.

Event starts at 8:00, veterinary checks begin at 8:15. First start at 9:00.

Entry fee: 30 €

Registration (by May 21st) and information in English/på svenska: kevatmaastot.osvkh@gmail.com

June 23rd 2017
Oulu, Virpiniemi sand track

Midsummer Race

Track racing for all licensed sighthounds.

Midsummer race: two regular starts for each dog, small breeds 280 + 280 m, whippet 280 + 350 m, large breeds 280 + 480 m, veterans (6-8 years) 280 + 280 m. Dog with smallest combined time wins the Midsummer Race of the breed.

Regular starts: 280, 350 ja 480 m, veterans (6-8 years) 280 m.

Event starts at 10:30, veterinary checks begin at 11.00. First start at 12.00.

Entry fee: 25 € (Juhannus Race) / 20 € (regular start)

Registration (June 1st - June 15th) and information in English / på svenska: ratakisat.osvkh@gmail.com


June 24th 2017
Oulu, Virpiniemi sand track

Midnight Sun Racing

Regular starts. District championship for local dogs.

Regular starts: 280, 350 ja 480 m, veterans (6-8 years) 280 m.

Event starts and veterinary checks begin at 11.00. First start at 12.00.

Entry fee: 20 € (regular start)

Registration (June 1st - June 15th) and information in English / på svenska: ratakisat.osvkh@gmail.com


Midsummer event and competitor camping at the Virpiniemi track
(electricity and drinking water available for campers).
Small cafeteria open during competitions.

More services and accommodation very close to track:
Virpiniemi Sport Institute


Virpiniemi sighthound track

Track records and certificate limits

Racing statistics 2016 (SVKL)

Virpiniemi Greyhound Stadion
Hevosenkenkä (newest address) / Rytisuontie 40 (previous address)
Kello, Haukipudas
90820 OULU, Finland

Traffic arrangements and road names have changed frequently in the last few years, and navigators may not help you all the way. Follow the signs from Virpiväylä road.

Directions: From Virpiniementie, turn right to Virpiväylä. Then turn right to Hiittikuja (sign reads Greyhound Stadion) and drive forward all the way to Hevosenkenkä. Turn right after driving past the track (another sign).



October 21-22nd 2017
Hailuoto island (ferry from Oulu)

XXVII & XXVIII Traditional Autumn Coursing

Lure coursing for all sighthounds and Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

Breeds on Saturday, October 21st: Whippet, Greyhound, Galgo Espanol, Sloughi, Magyar Agar, Chart Polski, Azawakh, Rhodesian Ridgeback

Breeds on Sunday, October 22nd: Saluki, Afghan Hound, Borzoi, Deerhound, Irish Wolfhound, Pharaoh Hound, Ibizan Hound, Podenco Canario, Portuguese Podengos, Basenji, Cirneco dell'Etna, Italian Greyhound

Entries are limited to 70 dogs per day (minor changes may apply).

Event starts and office opens at 7.15, veterinary checks begin at 8.00. First start at 9.00.

Entry fee: 30 € (no fee for veterans born in 2009) - please wait for confirmation before any transactions!

Registration (September 1st - October 1st) and information in English / på svenska: hailuoto.osvkh@gmail.com


Competition venue: beach in Marjaniemi, Hailuoto

Sea climate is surprising in October - anything from -15C winter gear to +15C rain wear and sunglasses might be needed!

Travelling and accommodation: Hailuoto Tourism