Illustrated Guide to Christchurch and Neighbourhood
This favourite amusement in the Old Country has the last few years taken root here, and several districts in Canterbury have their coursing clubs, while private owners have their aristocratic dogs, claiming noble descent. The lead in the sport was taken by Christchurch gentlemen, who formed a club and enclosed the Plumpton Park, with all the requisites for breeding hares, and the grounds for coursing them. Meetings are held at intervals, which are well attended, and at which some capital sport is afforded. Last year the Plumpton Park Company enlarged the sphere of its operations and formed a racecourse upon which already some very fair horse-racing has been held. The Secretary of the Club is Mr. W. E. Walker.