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Breeding Programs, Butch Houston

Interview with Butch Houston

We’re back!… after a long absence while Strideaway moved from Maine to our new home in southwest Georgia.

Last November, while photographing the open and amateur shooting dog trial held on the beautiful Shadow Oak Plantation, I took the opportunity to interview trial host, Butch Houston. Butch has been involved in field trials in many capacities — hosting and promoting them, breeding and owning some of the best-known dogs competing on the major circuit including, of course, 2013 and 2014 National Bird Dog Ch. Shadow Oak Bo and the great Ch. Joe Shadow. Thanks to Butch for sharing his views on breeding and telling us a little about some of the great dogs he has campaigned.

Shadow Oak Bo at the breakaway of the 2010 Manitoba Championship, Broomhill, Manitoba

Joe Shadow

Silky Sullivan

Butch and Bo, Shadow Oak Plantation, 2015




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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

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