Genetic Testing Company Seeking PFK & Fucosidosis Affecteds/Carriers

Paw Print Genetics, a new genetic testing laboratory dedicated to canines, seeks cheek swab samples from English Springer Spaniels that are affected or carriers for either PFK (phosphofructokinase deficiency) or fucosidosis to assist in validating their DNA testing protocols.  If you can offer assistance with this process please contact Martine Huslig at Paw Print Genetics, 509.483.5950 or mhuslig[at]

FAQ on Cord 1 PRA Testing

Thank you to Patricia Meiser, DVM of Animal Care and Reproductive Services, LLC in Westmont, IL and the ESSFTA Foundation for sharing a useful primer regarding the Cord 1 PRA test for ESS and how this test can be used in our breeding programs.  Click here to access this document.

Tentative Schedule – 2013 National Bench Specialty

The 2013 National Bench Specialty will be held at the fabulous Purina Event Center in Gray Summit, MO, beginning Sunday, October 27 with a tracking test and concluding Saturday, November 2 with the Best of Breed judging.  Here's the full rundown:


 Saturday, October 26, 2013

Track Laying (Off site)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tracking Tests (Off site)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hunt Test (Off site)

All Breed Agility

Move In Day (in PM)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

ESS Only Agility Trial

Obedience Ring Rental Available

Judge Education Class

Welcome Party and Top Twenty – Evening

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ESSFTA Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes

Judge Mentoring

Obedience Trial

Rally Ring Rental Available After Obedience

ESSFTA Foundation Seminar

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Conformation Dog Classes

Rally Trial AM

Rally Trial PM (National)

CGC Testing – after Breed competition

Obedience Ring Rental Available After Rally

DNA Bank – Blood Draw

ESSFTA Parent Club Meeting

Team Obedience

Friday, November 1, 2013

Conformation Bitch

Obedience Trial  (National)

DNA Bank – Blood Draw

Rescue Dinner & Auction

Juniors Event

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Junior Handling

Veterans and Non-Regular Classes

Best of Breed/Stud Dog/Brood Bitch/Brace

Rescue Parade

ESSFTA Awards Banquet

Congrats to the 2012 National Open Winner!

Congrats to the 2012 National Open Winner!

Cliff NOC

Congratulations to the 2012 National Open winner, NFC FC CFC Salmy's Master Piece, "Cliff," bred and handled by Mike Wallace and owned by Frank Wiseman. Cliff was sired by FC Sandy Hill's Beau Geste (Digby), and his dam, FC Fawnhaven Misty of Salmy (Misty) also competed in the National.

Jim Keller and Alice Stewart judged the 2012 event, which was held at Pyramid State Park near Pinckneyville, IL.

Mike will be the first person to tell you that he couldn't have accomplished this win without the support of his wonderful wife, Julieann. Congratulations to all of you!



Connor high point crop

Connor Wharton earned the 2012 National Amateur High Point award with AFC Pinecroft Princess Peyton (FC OGallaher's Taylor x FC AFC Expressway's Princess Polly). Connor is just 17, and Peyton just turned 3 in August. Connor and Peyton competed often against the 2010 National Amateur Champion, NAFC FC AFC CFC CAFC Flushing Wing Annie and her owner/handler, Fred Musone, not to mention his father Greg, and brother Spencer in the course of accumulating their wins and points. The Wharton family bred the litter Peyton came from, which so far has produced two other Amateur champions. Also impressive, Connor and Peyton finished the 2011 National Amateur, a notable accomplishment in itself, and particularly for a dog that then was just over two.

Connor Peyton trophies

Congratulations, Connor and Peyton. You're a great team, and we look forward to your further accomplishments together!