The English Setter Association

Welcome To The English Setter Association website.

This is the national breed club for the English Setter in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1951 and has around 700 members worldwide. The English Setter Association aims to support those who own the breed as companions as well as those who wish to show their dogs. These pages will provide information on all aspects of owning an English Setter as well as all activities of the Association and its members.


Sadly on Easter Sunday 31st March Jillian passed away peacefully following a short illness with her family by her side.

Jillians great passion was English Setters and she was never happier than when she was with setter people enjoying a day at a show, win or lose,socialising and having a laugh. She had a wide circle of long standing friends in the breed who will miss her honest and direct approach and her wicked sense of humour.

Jillian and her late husband Ken enjoyed many successes in the show ring, making up numerous show champions in both their own and other ownerships. The Sorbus affix has been influential in the breed and can be seen in the pedigrees of many current winners.

Jillian was a well respected experienced breeder and judge , she judged the breed at Crufts in 2008, and awarded CCs many times including the English Setter Association and other breed club shows

On a personal note Jillian was a close friend, ally and mentor for over 40years and we will miss her considerably

Our sincere condolences to Claire and Richard and family and all close friends.

The funeral will be held on 26th April at 10.30 am at

Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium

Periwood Lane


Sheffield S8 0NP

Neil and Jill Kelly.

The English Setter Association
71st Championship Show

Sadly, our original judge John Barber has had to withdraw from judging this show. Our thanks go to Dave Lewis for standing in at short notice.

Schedules are available from Secretary, Chris Bird
email: or Tel: 01953 881040

Entries can also be made online, just click:-

We are pleased to announce that by popular request: Show Dog Media will be featuring the day's events with pictures and live videos available online, or after the show.

At the ESA Championship Show the three winners of the new Annual Competition for Best English Setter Puppy, Best English Setter Veteran, and Best English Setter Special Beginner will be announced and presented with their special awards.

Please note: Membership fees are now due. We all welcome new members. By joining you will receive an annual yearbook at the Ch Show or by post, a newsletter in November and a lower cost for entry fees at our Ch and Open Shows.

ESA Platinum Show

You can watch the streaming of the April Platinum Show by using the links below:-
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Advice on buying an English Setter Puppy

Over the past two years during the Covid 19 lockdown demand for puppies have increased, together with unscrupulous people ready to take advantage of this situation. Highly inflated prices have been shown for English Setter puppies on some of the commercial websites. If you are considering buying an English Setter puppy the advice is to do your research first, especially if you have not owned the breed before. You can visit the Kennel Clubs 'BePuppywise' campaign, see for information, or contact English Setter Association members who comply with the clubs 'Code of Ethics', see Ethics.pdf.

Is the puppy you are buying registered with the Kennel Club from a reputable breeder. If the puppy has no Kennel Club registration the breeding could be questionable and from a puppy farmer or an irresponsible breeder. Reputable English Setters breeders have a considerable knowledge, an understanding of breeding, pedigrees, diet and health conditions. The puppy should be seen with its mother, both parents should have been hip scored, micro-chipped and these days are mostly BAER (hearing) tested, documentation should include all details together with Kennel Registration and a minimum 3 Generation Pedigree.  The price paid is up to the purchaser, but please be aware that the puppy will require inoculations and to raise a puppy correctly the cost of feeding your new addition should also be considered
.  When buying also make sure that the puppy meets the Kennel Club's recommendations and the Associations Code of Ethics.  Reputable breeders will always provide information on the puppy’s diet and worming advice, new owners can rest assured that their new puppy has been well reared. You will also be able to get help and support for your puppy if needed.

Details of available litters can be found on the English Setter Association website. Contact puppy co-ordinator Chris Bird on or
 make an enquiry with one of our listed breeders, click English Setter links

If further information is needed please contact any English Setter Association member or ESA Secretary, Christopher Bird at

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English Setter Association Welfare (ESAW)
has gained charitable status

We are pleased to announce that having received notification from the Charity commission ESAW has been entered onto the Register of Charities and is now a registered charity.

A special mention and our thanks must be made to Gill Paterson, Sheree Parrish & Lynn Davis for their outstanding fundraising efforts for ESAW.

For the Rescue, Rehoming & Welfare of English Setters in the UK.

Meet the Officers & Committee


Chair Lady
Miss Glenis Williams


Vice Chair Lady
Mrs Penny Williams


Mrs Val Isherwood


Mr Christopher Bird


Mrs. P. Colton
Mr. R. Green

Mrs. V. Hollis
Mrs. L. Howarth


Mrs. C. Jennings - Sharman
Mr. N. Kelly
Mr. P. Lawton
Mrs. T. Lewis


Mr. G. Morroll
Mrs. C. Normansell
Mr. S. Pitts
Mr. E .Stephenson


Mrs. K. Stephenson
Mrs H. Stewart
Mr. A. Swannell 
Mrs. C. J. Tucker  


Please use this link to email us with your enquiry