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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

Diss and Ace

“What does diss mean?” Ben asked Joanne. “Disrespect, or a put down. Kids say it a lot.” “That clears things up,” Ben said. He had just got off the phone with Fred Carter, a bird… Read article

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Opening Day

By long tradition, Ben opened his bream fishing season with Billy Lee, his friend since boyhood. Billy was Ben’s age, but like Ben he still worked, in Billy’s case as a utility hand on Mossy… Read article

The Last Shot

George Graves knew this year would be his last shot at winning the National. He had been trying since 1980, the first year he’d qualified an entry. In the thirty five years since he’d had… Read article

A Cure

Ben Reach made a study of how fellow humans shaped their lives, for better and for worse. His fellow curmudgeon Sam Nixon MD shared in the study. Over breakfast at Millie’s Diner in Albany, Georgia… Read article

The Almost Refusal

Ben had again agreed to be a field trial judge as a substitute for a last minute withdrawer. He hated to judge, but he always ended up enjoying the last minute assignments. But this time… Read article

Cats by Tom Word

Wallace Simpson called Ben on a mid-September Monday morning. “Ben, I have a problem and I need your advice.” “Glad to see you,” Ben said. “When can you come in?” “I can be there in… Read article

The Breakup

For Frank Hill and Roger Kirby, it had been a magical season. In it they had both moved from marginal to main stream, from barely known to well known, in their obscure world. That world… Read article

The Biscuit Eater

For those not fortunate enough to own this book or those who have not read James Street’s The Biscuit Eater, we have added a PDF version of the short story published in The Saturday Evening… Read article

Patience on the Fly

John Marsh liked his work, mostly. At age sixty-three, he worked as assistant dog trainer and hunt manager on Hopscotch Plantation, a Southwest Georgia spread owned by Mark Mason, the great grandson of its assembler.… Read article


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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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