ENGLISH SETTER CLUB OF AMERICA, INC. | ABOUT US | PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
This is an invitation to join the beautiful nationally known English Setter Club of America Inc. The ESCA is one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1905, it is rich in tradition and bird dog lore. Since its inception, it has conducted field trials that are open to all pointing breeds, professional trainers and amateurs alike. The club also sponsors the Garden State Open Shooting Dog Championship, formally the Garden State Open All-Age Championship. This championship attracts some of the finest bird dogs and professionals in the country. Also many very important guests have visited the grounds. Other clubs also lease the grounds each season to conduct annual trials and hold regional and national championships. As a result the grounds are usually well stocked with quail. The club also maintains a commercial shooting preserve. Although hunting is permitted, this is not a hunting club. Quail are never allowed to be shot including those you supply yourself.
The farm and grounds have a manager residing on the premises. The entire operation of the ESCA is situated far enough back and much of it is fenced in to be considered reasonably safe for pets off the lead. Facilities include Club House, Cafeteria, Pet Cemetery, Barn, Sheds, Kennels, and Farmhouse. The farmhouse which is the residence of the manager is the second oldest building in Burlington County.
As a member you will enjoy a protected area where you may work and exercise your field dog. The club also conducts trap shooting and many other activities including an annual picnic in late spring or early summer. All new members must be nominated by two current members in good standing and be approved by the Board of Directors.
Welcome to the English Setter Club of America’s new web site. I hope that you will find it helpful and informative. As a Member each month you will be able to read the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting. This will be the first step to try to keep the general membership informed of what is going on in the club.
A complete list of members is available with addresses and telephone numbers. This list is linked to and automatically updated whenever the secretary makes a change in his data base so it will always be up to date. There are some areas that are available to members only and others that are open to the general public. Nonmembers can now fill out an application form on line and it will be sent directly to the sectary for processing. There’s a rules page where you can check current rules, a calendar of events, a field trial Page with the clubs field trials listed, a list of the club officers, the By-Laws are listed on their page, we have a forum where you can discuss things with others, members and nonmembers alike, links to other pages, and a contacts page. Please visit often and if you don’t see something you would like to have make a suggestion and we will see what we can do. I hope you like the web site and enjoy it.