President’s Report


Dear Friends of English Springer Spaniels:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the English Springer Foundation, I thank you for your generous and continuing support. We have had a busy and successful year; please take a moment to review two of our key projects, summarized on the next page. We’re particularly proud of our new collaboration with the AKC Canine Health Foundation to undertake important next steps in PRA research, made possible with your strong support.

Without our friend and Foundation board member Dave Hopkins, this collaboration might not have taken place. Dave was instrumental in forging a strong, “triangulated” partnership among the Springer Foundation, the American Kennel Club (Dave was a delegate), and the AKC Canine Health Foundation (Dave was a CHF board member). That unique partnership made possible the success of our Springer Health Survey, our investment in Tick-Borne Illness research and AKC‘s Disaster Relief Trailers, and – most recently – new PRA research that will, we hope, benefit Springers worldwide.

Dave’s death in August left a huge void in the hearts and minds of Springer enthusiasts everywhere. Dave supported all competitive activities, bridging so effectively (for many years) any perceived “gaps” between/among the various Springer competitive communities. He served as president of both ESSFTA and the Foundation; indeed, he was one of the originators of the Springer Foundation.

We dedicate this year end appeal to him, and ask that you consider making your gift in his memory.

The Foundation has established the David Hopkins Memorial Fund, with a goal of $20,000 to be used in support of projects he cared about – Archives, breed education, and support of the Canine Health Foundation. $10,000 will come from memorial gifts from his admirers and friends; when we “hit” that goal, the Foundation will match it with an additional $10,000. To date, we’ve raised morethan half of the $10,000 goal. Help us complete the effort, and join us in honoring a Grand Springer Champion.

Here’s what to do. You can send a check to Foundation treasurer (Amy Rogers, 7401 Jessica Way, Rowlett, TX 75089-3016), marked “Dave Fund,” or go to and make your contribution there. If you prefer to designate a different purpose for your gift, you can do that; however, all gifts that are not otherwise designated will go to the “Dave Fund” through the first week in January.

 On behalf of English Springer friends and fans everywhere, thank you so much!

Nancy R Johnson

Nancy R. Johnson, President, English Springer Foundation


While much has been accomplished in 2019, there is still much to be done to assure a healthy future for our beloved breed. May we count on your support for the coming year? Your support is important so please make your year-end gift today, either by mail or online. You can specify how you would like your donation to be used. Visit our Foundation’s website for more information of interest to fans of the breed. Register as a friend of the website. Your help is, as always, a BIG part of our success.

In 2019, the English Springer Spaniel Foundation committed the largest grant in its history to move PRA research forward. In collaboration with the AKC Canine Health Foundation, $108,498 was awarded to Keiko Miyadera, DVM/PhD, at the University of Pennsylvania.  The Foundation’s first level of funded research proved that all English Springers diagnosed clinically with CORD1 PRA have two copies of the CORD1 gene mutation, but not all English Springers (with two copies of the mutation) ever develop impaired vision. This next level of research is an attempt to determine why, and whether there may be other genes or gene modifiers involved that may trigger or suppress the expression of the disease. For more information, go to our website,

The English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association and the Foundation have made significant contributions to the AKC Canine Health Foundation’s Tick-Borne Disease Initiative. At the ESSFTA Annual Meeting in April 2019, Dr. Christine Pederson presented her findings. As a recipient of one of the grants, Dr. Pederson was able to accomplish a comprehensive analysis of the types of ticks and the diseases they carry in various parts of the United States. To see her slides from the presentation, go to For additional information on the initiative see


  1. BY CHECK, SENT TO: (Amy Rogers, 7401 Jessica Way, Rowlett, TX 75089-3016)

 Your gifts are tax deductible to the limits described by law. The English Springer Foundation is the operating name of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation, Inc., a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, incorporated in the State of Wisconsin (Tax ID 39- 1824118).