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A Firing

Ben could not believe Red Cool’s telephone message, left for him with Joanne. Red had been fired as equine, canine and hunts manager of Bent Pine Plantation, a job he had held thirty years. Ben… Read article


A Too Familiar Story

“Ronny Eanes wants to see you and Dr. Sam together. I told him to come at 5 today,” Joanne said. “He say what for?” “Nope.” Ronny and his father were long-time partners in the bird… Read article


The Grouse Guide

For thirty years Harry Amburn had made two thirds of his income in October. Other months he worked as a wood cutter, a snow shaper on snowmobile trails, a Muskie guide, a fuel pumper at… Read article


Bad Idea

The scout William Jackson sat alone at the end of a bench munching barbecue chicken and canned green beans. It was during lunch break at the end-of-season championship in a piney woods state. Jackson was… Read article


The Chair

John and Mary White were brother and sister, children of Fred and Alice White, Ben Reach’s long time clients and friends. Fred had died five years ago, Alice a month ago. Ben was handling Alice’s… Read article


Put-Down Jake

Every wagon dog string needed one, few had one, all dog men wanted one. The One was a pointer or setter which, when quail were elusive, could be counted on to find and point some.… Read article


The Dark Side

Joanne came into Ben’s office right after he returned from lunch. “Two young men stopped in just after you went to lunch and asked to see you. They were bird dog folks I know from… Read article


Callback

Like all experienced judges, Ben Reach hated callbacks. Ben had never suggested one, and when a fellow judge wanted one, he resisted with all his might, and had been known to urge a flip of… Read article


The Bad Summer

For 130 summers they had trekked north in July to the northern prairies with their young bird dogs. They sought relief from the brutal southern heat, and the game birds that thrived on the vast… Read article


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ABOUT STRIDEAWAY

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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