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Jack Harper

Bird Dogs and Field Trials ~ Jack Harper

Hall of Famer, Jack Harper’s remarkable autobiographical memoir as well as bird dog training manual was published by Cass Hill, Inc. in 1983. Jack traces his life from his birth in Texas 1902 through his long successful field trial career as a professional handler winning with the likes “The Texas Ranger”, “The Arkansas Ranger”, both in the Hall of Fame as well as many other dogs like “Home Again Hattie” and “John Oliver”. But that’s not all, the book covers topics: the dog’s reasoning power, training, as well as his thoughts on some of the most distinguished handlers of his time. A must for any bird dogger’s book shelf!

“If you can imagine it,

you can achieve it.

If you can dream it,

you can do it.”

Bird Dogs and Field Trials is available in the Strideaway Store

Jack Harper with John Oliver and The Arkansas Ranger, American Field Purina Ad

The Texas Ranger by Wesley Dennis

Ch. The Texas Ranger (Jimmy) sits in the drivers seat. Harper told a lady who wondered about having a dog in the front seat of a Cadillac, “he owns it, I just get to drive it.”

Home Again Hattie won the National Championship in 1962.

Jack Harper’s truck, Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, TN





Running Dog


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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