The Irish Setter Club of America, Inc. is the Parent Club of all organized activities concerning the breed. It is one of the oldest breed clubs in the United States, having been formed in 1891 and thus is the focal point through which local clubs gain approval to hold shows and field trials. ISCA is represented at the American Kennel Club by an elected Delegate. The club conducts an annual National Specialty, National Field Trial and National Walking Field Trial, Hunt Test and Gun Dog Championships plus educational seminars for breeders and judges. It has a Breeder's referral service, through the Breeder's Directory, and a Rescue referral service through which local clubs can gain information about how to establish a rescue service for dogs in need of placement.