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Archive: Chris Mathan

Promoting Field Trials

Many of us have participated in pointing dog demonstrations or talks at game fairs, sportsman shows or conservation organization events. These are all great opportunities to share our passion and invite newcomers to field trials.… Read article

A Week On the Prairies

Around the second week of July in south Georgia you sense the migration of bird dog trainers headed to the prairies. Those on Facebook (Robin Gates, the most recent addition), now share with family, friends,… Read article

Modern Era Scouts

Hunter Gates scouting in the 2010 Manitoba Championship. Much has deservedly been written about field trial scouts and the job of scouting all-age dogs. The last Christmas edition of the American Field featured a story… 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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