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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


Scout Horse

Ben Reach savored the first two weeks of March because with them came the Southeastern and Masters Championships at Albany (“All-Benny” to natives like Ben and his pal, Sam Nixon, MD). Ben no longer judged… Read article


A Brace at Dixie

When you ride a brace at Dixie On a crisp and sunny morn You’ll have had a taste of heaven As sure as you’ve been born When you get to the breakaway A short ride… 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


Close Call

Fred East called Ben on a Monday Morning. There was worry in his voice. Ben figured it must be bad health news because Fred had too much money to worry about anything else. Fred didn’t… 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


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


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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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