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Tom Word

A Brace at Dixie

When you ride a brace at Dixie
On a crisp and sunny morn
You’ll have had a taste of heaven
As sure as you’ve been born

When you get to the breakaway
A short ride from the barn
Restless steaming horses
Will be pawing to be gone

There’ll be a brief announcement
Of thanks to Geraldine
A prayer for safety
Before a judge nods release

Two pointers will sprint away
To begin their hunt
Through the opening field into the woods
To the big hay field beyond

You’ll cross the red dirt entry road
That leads to the Big House
Ride down through sloping piney woods
To a stream and fields past that

Then ahead you’ll see Pikes Peak
And the dogs will soon attack it.
One to the left
One on the right

Across the long flat top
They will charge on in their quest
To big crop fields beyond
Then down through Cadillac Field to Cadillac Pond

Then on through woods
To the corner where
An hour brace is done
How many finds how big a race
Will decide which dogs go on



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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 and Strideaway contributor, Bill Allen, whose book The Unforgettables and Other True Fables we published in 2010.

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