The Standard of Excellence

The Dallas-Fort Worth English Springer Spaniel Association (DFWESSA) was established in May 1992. Our members accept the breed standard as written by our parent organization, the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association (ESSFTA) and approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which English Springer Spaniels shall be judged.

Our Mission

DFWESSA will do all in its power to protect and advance the interest of all breeds of purebred dogs and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, obedience trials, agility trials and field events. The club was licensed by the AKC to hold agility trials, obedience trials and conformation shows in 1997. Several years later, the club became licensed to hold AKC hunt tests.

Our membership involves those interested in conformation and obedience, as well as those in field work, hunt tests, agility and tracking. We also have members who are strictly pet owners interested in the preservation of the breed. This wide variety of interests has made the club a versatile and welcoming group for any Springer owner.

The club also serves as a wonderful forum for the exchange of ideas on the breed and educational possibilities for the general public.



Each year, DFWESSA holds one to two Springer specialty shows and one to two all-breed agility trials. Look for more information on our Events page and our Facebook page.


Upon request, DFWESSA's breeder referral chairman will be very glad to provide information about local breeders for those interested in purchasing an English Springer Spaniel puppy.


From time to time, DFWESSA offers informal classes on general health care, grooming and training. Please look for event and class announcements on our Facebook page.


We respect and support the great efforts by national rescue organization English Springer Rescue America (ESRA).

Our Leadership


President - Ann LaFernier

Vice President - Donna Ewing

Treasurer - Nancy Johnson

Secretary - Dana Lodge

Membership Secretary - Carolyn Barden

Join Us

If you are interested in joining DFWESSA, please complete our membership application or email us at for more information.