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Archive: Memoirs

Ed Mack Farrior

In the 1997 Christmas edition of the American Field, Strideaway contributor, Barbara Teare writes in her last paragraph of a book review: From his vast and remarkable storehouse of memories, Ed Mack Farrior now calls… Read article

Bird Dog Odyssey V

Back to part-time attendance at field trials, covering them for a daily newspaper, I began to do some grouse hunting in the Nantahala and Chattahoochee National Forests in north Georgia and North Carolina. Very few… Read article

Bird Dog Odyssey IV

We left me in my usual state of quandary in those days, caught between Guy Stancil who was thoroughly convinced one could selectively breed a dog that would want to stay in front of a… Read article

Bird Dog Odyssey III

(Author’s Note: Our two prior installments were presented in “third person” because much of the material was objective and common to at least the two youths, if not, indeed’ general knowledge collected by many in… Read article

Bird Dog Odyssey II

Before they parted company, not to hunt together again, Bill and James picked up some hunting habits that were not all bad. They carried extra socks and fatback in cat head biscuits that would keep… Read article

Bird Dog Odyssey I

Red clay crenelated with upthrust ice scrunched underfoot. Thistles bobbed and broom sedge waved gallantly in the chill northwest wind from the pond. The punkin-eyed setter and the jug-headed old pointer emptied out and trembled… 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, 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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