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Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic

2013 Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic for Grouse Dogs

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Once again, Strideaway will be supporting the Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic for Grouse Dogs — the only extended period stake on the grouse and woodcock trial circuit.

In an attempt to encourage more participation as well as keep down the cost of running the trial, the Black Ash Grouse Trial Club has changed the format of the Armstrong-Umbel to one-hour qualifying heats followed by one-hour and thirty minute finals. The judges will determine how many dogs will be called back to compete in the finals. Dogs will be called back in the same order as the initial drawing allowing for each dog to have the maximum time to rest between heats.

The stake will be run one week earlier this spring to better coincide with the spring woodcock flights allowing more opportunities for dogs to handle and point wild birds.

AU 2013 CapPlease join us in your support of the 2013 Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic by purchasing a cap. They are available in the Strideaway Store but only for a limited time (through February 24) as they need to be ordered in time for the event.

Thanks to all the companies and individuals who have supported the Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic for the past five years through their financial support and participation!


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Strideaway is an online publication founded in 2008. We are dedicated to promoting the great sport of American pointing dog field trials, in particular American Field sanctioned trials for pointers and setters. Our objective is to present the voices and ideas of experienced trainers, handlers, breeders and other knowledgeable participants and enthusiasts from the past to the present — amateurs and professionals alike. Whether All-Age or Shooting Dog, Horseback or Walking Trials, we place particular emphasis on wild bird field trials and the dogs that compete in them. We present richly illustrated articles and stories, podcast interviews and other types of media on a regular basis with the hope of providing an ever expanding, searchable archive of information relevant to pointing dog field trials.Read article

This website is dedicated to our ever faithful friend, Bill Allen who passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on January 25, 2022 at the age of 96. We will miss him but he left us the greatest of gifts, his wonderful writings in a book we published for the 3rd time in 2021: The Unforgettables and Other True Fables.

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