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Archive: Bill Allen


There is an academy of thought to which I belong which has, as an article of faith, the feeling that one cannot learn how to judge anything as complicated as a dog’s performance by reading… Read article

A Runaway Christmas

Our best Christmas ever was painted by a runaway white and black “Commander” setter that Carl Jr. Duffield gave me. His name was “Nip”. Carl and I had a long, hilarious friendship that began when he… Read article

The Manitoba Interloper

It was the third or fourth year I reported the prairie field trials that I was invited by Carl Duffield Jr. to ramble around the Duffield grounds near Elkhorn, Manitoba where the storied Manitoba Chicken… Read article

Prairie Blues

You’re rolling in at sunset with a truck of restless dogs And the whistling wind comes, sounding rather scary. Unlock and open camp, then light the lanterns and the stove. And we’ll face another summer… Read article

Horse Tales

It may be difficult for modern field trialers to visualize a time when few, if any, competitors brought their own horses to the competition. Nowadays there are special trailers to haul several horses and as… Read article


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

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