English Shepherd Club of America (ESCOA)

According to Tom D. Stodghill, the English Shepherd Club of America was informally founded on August 22nd, 1950.[1]ESCOA Who’s Who Breeder Manual, page 15 Stodghill states that 16 members joined by the end of the first week.

Two months prior, in June of 1950, Stodghill wrote the English Shepherd Standard.

In June 1950 before we organized the ESCOA, I received a letter from Will Judy, editor of Dog World, wanting a copy of the English Shepherd Standard. I kept putting it off. Then he wired me, so I wrote the English Shepherd Standard one Sunday, and I had to mail it in that day Air Mail in order to get it printed. In fact, this was May but was for the June Dog World. Up until this time, I hadn’t ever seen a standard for English Shepherds. I just made the standard as near like my best English Shepherd that I possible could.

Tom D. Stodghill
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1 ESCOA Who’s Who Breeder Manual, page 15
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Tony Bierman, "English Shepherd Club of America (ESCOA)," OBTESA, Accessed May 31, 2023, http://esbt.us/58.