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Triseter Kennel and Esther Joseph

Triseter was established in 1970 when owner, Esther Joseph, was breeding and showing Gordon, English and Irish Setters.

Now breeding Gordon Setters and Pugs, the kennel is situated on a farm in a beautiful rural valley, north of Melbourne, in Victoria, a southern state of Australia. The dogs live an idyllic life with room to run in large paddocks and swim when the mood strikes them. This ensures that Triseter produces happy, placid, well-muscled, well-adjusted Gordon Setters.

Triseter Gordons enjoy a swim
Arial view of Triseter.
The dogs in the yard
Aerial view of Triseter.
Aerial view of Triseter


Esther has handled most breeds in the Gundog Group and many in other Groups. She has owned and successfully campaigned:

*Gordon Setters
* Irish Setters
* English Setters
* American Cocker Spaniels
* English Pointers
* Curly Coated Retrievers
* Tibetan Terriers
* Pugs

These included many titles of Champion, Grand Champion and Best in Show. With this experience, coupled with that of handling numerous other breeds from additional Groups on behalf of their owners, Esther is recognised as being one of Australia's experienced dog handlers.


Esther considers the pinnacle of dog handling career with Gordon Setters, was winning Runner Up to Best In Show, from an entry of 291 Gordon Setters at Gordons2000 (an International Gordon Setter Specialty Show held in England in 2000) with the Finnish owned (by Tiina Illukka) and Australian bred Triseter Ebonie Nerissa. (now deceased) As a 2 year old Nerissa won Res.CACIB at Helsinki W.W Show 1998

Nerissa's litter brother, Can, Am, NZ, & Aust Champion Triseter Ebonie Nirvana (now deceased) and his son 'Nike' (Am & Aust.Ch.Brodruggan Black Knight) both lived in the USA. Nirvana and Nike are co-owned (along with Esther), by Colleen O'Brien, Dorothy and George Hawke and Alison Rosskamp, Nirvana was successfully campaigned to his American and Canadian Championship titles in record time by part-owner/handler Colleen O'Brien and Kristin Karboski. Nike is now enjoying his retirement with Kristin and her family in Rhode Island.

Click here to go to his page and read his wonderful success story

Nirvana's and Nerissa's sire, NZ & Aust Grand Champion Triseter Black Vader (now deceased) In his time was the greatest winning Gordon Setter in Australia's history to date. He was loved and owned by Viv McLaughlin and handled by his breeder, Esther Joseph.

Esther handling Curly Coated Retriever Int.Ch.Caballus Out Forablaze

Prior to the win at Gordons2000, Esther had considered handling Finnish breeder, Tiina Illukka's "Int.Ch.Caballus Out Forablaze" Curly Coated Retriever to the prestigious victory of Best in Group, at the World Winners Show 1998, in Helsinki, Finland, as the pinnacle of a long dog showing career.

NZ & Aust Grand Champion
Triseter Black Vader (dec)
In his time was the greatest winning Gordon Setter in Australia's history.
Triseter Black Vader "on show"


A good deal of Esther's time is taken up with Championship Show judging. Esther obtained her ALL BREEDS License in 2010.
She has adjudicated at shows in Finland, Denmark, England, America, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Canada and throughout Australia.

Danish Toydog Association in Denmark 2009

Danish Toydog Association in Denmark Coton de Tulear 2009

Kerry Blue Supported Entry Canfield USA 2009

West Highland White Terrier Canfield USA 2009

Gundog Show NSW 2008

Leeds City & District K.A England 2008

Pointer & Setter Specialty
Wiesbaden-Breckenheim. Germany 2007

Killarney & District CC Ireland 2007

Värmlands kennelklubb, Sweden 2007

Japan Kennel Club 2007

The Garden English Setter Specialty USA 2006

Show Dog and Puppy of the Year Awards 2006 New Zealand

High Plains Gordon Setter Specialty USA 2004

Goldfields Kennel Club South Africa 2004

GSP National Specialty Canada 2004

Wellington Pug Club New Zealand 2003

Milano International Show Italy 2002

Finland 2002

Dog in Review article May 2007 - Esther Joseph and Triseter (PDF Article - 2.3MB)
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