The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club has been bringing British Chesapeake enthusiasts together since 1983. The Club holds two gundog working tests each year, as well as a championship show and an open show. Other events include training days, breed seminars, non-competitive test days, and show handling workshops. 

The club shows are usually held in the Midlands, while the working tests move around the UK. We have held tests in Hampshire, on the marshes of the Essex coastline, in South Wales and in the Angus Glens of Scotland – plus many locations in between! As members may be travelling a long way to take part in the working tests, we often make a weekend of it. It’s good to get together with other brown dogs and their owners.

Most people who have lived with a Chesapeake will usually consider having no other breed. If you are reading this, maybe you are trying to work out whether a Chesapeake is right for you. This website will hopefully help you to decide. We will give you some basic information about the breed, and list some events where you can meet Chesapeakes and talk to their owners.

CBRC Spring Working Test 2021

The spring test was held on 13 June 2021 at Leighton Hall Estate, Shropshire, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Corrie, and the keeper Mr Nick Jackson. Judges were Mr Warren Jones and Mr Mervyn Dixon.


1st Richard Playle’s Riptide Decoy Duck
2nd Cathy Acheson’s Great River Ticino of Eastering
3rd Richard Playle’s Riptide Whistlin Duck

1st Peter Clarke’s Arnac Bay Ibis
2nd Sue Worrall’s Arnac Bay Inca
3rd Dave & Thelma Thompson’s Arnac Bay Harvest
4th Kevin Amaira’s Petsalls Canuck

1st Joy Middleton’s Arnac Bay Hebe

1st Debbie Crewe’s Chesarab Saltmarsh
2nd Sue Worrall’s Arnac Bay Esk
3rd Carole Harris’s Migwell Deutscher Passion
4th Dave & Thelma Thompson’s Arnac Bay Gamble

1st Vincent Acheson’s Arnac Bay Grouse of Eastering
2nd Andy Kinta’s Mattaponis Tainn at Lateshift
3rd Richard Playle’s Arnac Bay Grebe with Riptide

Judge’s Choice was Arnac Bay Esk

Many thanks to Josera for their generous sponsorship of the event.

Entries for the Club Shows

In July we have a whole weekend of Chesapeake shows in Warwickshire, with four shows spread over two days, all at the same venue. The entries are as follows:

Sat 3 July – Championship Show (judged by Di Arrowsmith): 49 dogs with 51 entries

Sat 3 July – Open Show (judged by David Bell): 37 dogs with 50 entries

Sun 4 July – Championship Show (judged by Tracy Butler): 43 dogs with 43 entries

Sun 4 July – Open Show (judged by Paula Graystone): 34 dogs with 40 entries

VISITORS – if you would like to come and watch the shows, meet some Chesapeakes and talk to their owners, please ensure you get in touch with the Show Secretary Caroline Griffin-Woods beforehand, as we need to monitor how many people are going to be attending the event. Caroline will send you a track and trace form to complete before arrival. 

For more details on the shows, please see the Events page. 

CBRC Spring WT sponsors

Many thanks to Josera for sponsoring the Club’s working test on Sunday 13 June. 

Chesapeake Club Championship and Open Shows 2021

Closing date for show entries is 6 June. There are links on the Shows page to make entering easier. We have some great sponsors lined up for the shows. Thanks to the following for their generous donations.

Special ticket price to the Game Fair for Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club members. See the Events page for more details.

Also at the Game Fair this year is a new Gundog Working Test Challenge – a new competition aimed at amateurs. 

The competition is split into spaniels and retrievers. Dogs do not need to be KC registered. Two spaniels and two retrievers from each qualifying round will be invited to compete for the grand title at The Game Fair in July. Both the overall winning spaniel and the overall winning retriever will be awarded £2000 prize money.


  • Frome Hill, Hereford: 24 April, Spaniels. 25 April, Retrievers. 
  • Hertfordshire County Show: 29 May, Spaniels. 30th May, Retrievers. 
  • Scottish Qualifier – Bowhill Estate (Near Selkirk): 29 May
  • Sherborne Show: 30 May
  • Exeter, Upton Pyne: 5 June
  • Cheshire show: 21/23 June
  • Lincolnshire Show: 23/24 June (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS)



CBRC AGM postponed

Please note that the CBRC AGM set to take place on 24 February has now been postponed. It is now set for Sat 3 July, to follow the CBRC Open Show held in the afternoon. 

CBRC Shows 3-4 July 2021 
Sponsorship / Raffle / Auctions / Donations

Help us make the 2021 shows a weekend to remember.
With four shows to cover (two championship shows, two open shows), there are a number of classes and awards you can get involved in.
Here is how you can help:

Sponsor a rosette
Large rosettes – £8 (RBIS / BPIS, etc)
Class rosettes – £5.50 (puppy / junior / open, etc)

Donate some money
If you are not sure what you want to sponsor, you can happily donate some money that we can put towards prizes/rosettes.

Something a little special you would like to donate. Let us know, and bring along on the day. An unwanted bottle of gin, a handmade treat bundle.

Bring those unwanted Christmas gifts, a box of chocolate, a bottle of wine. And your spare change for some raffle tickets …

For more details please drop us a message:
Joy Middleton – or
Chrissie Mayhew –

20% Health Testing Discount to CBRC Members

Some good news on health testing. Animal DNA Diagnostics has now put a bundle of tests together for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers on their website. Animal DNA Diagnostics is offering DM, PRA and EIC tests for £186 (usual price would be £192 for these three tests). 

Members of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club can have an additional 20% discount on this bundle, making it £148.80 for these three tests – a big saving. If anyone wants to take advantage of this discount offer, then please contact Breed Health Co-ordinator Sue Worrall via email at 

2020 Yearbook

It’s that time of year again! 

The Chessie Chat is the Club’s annual publication, featuring 80+ pages of Chesapeake information, reports, photos, stories and a roundup of what everyone has been doing over the past year. 

We need your news, reports of club events, wildfowling stories, and points of view for the 2020 yearbook. 

Please send your contributions to Sue Worrall at before 31 December 2020. 

If you are thinking of getting a Chesapeake puppy, please take a look at the Club’s Puppy Buyer’s Guidelines. 

Our new Membership Secretary

Thanks to Maddie Mahon for taking on the new role of Membership Secretary to the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club. If you have any queries about your membership, or how to become a member of the Club, please contact Maddie at or on 07969 184268. 

CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests

The second WCT event was held on 9 August 2020 at Rogate, West Sussex.

Judges were Jason Mayhew and Anna Sole

LEVEL 1 passes
Sue Worrall with Arnac Bay Esk
Sharon Baxandall with Sharbae Prettiest Star
Carole Harris with Migwell Deutsher Passion
Gary Thomas with Crableypeake Sunrise
Lisa Murch with Franeo Original Long Gunner
Christine Mayhew with Arnac Bay Inca
Anthony Ciraolo with Franeo Ebbing Tide
Deborah Herring with Sharbae Rebel Rebel

LEVEL 2 passes
Anthony Ciraolo with Franeo Ebbing Tide

Congratulations to all who passed. Thank you to our judges and to Jason for allowing us to use his training grounds. Thank you also to dummy throwers Dan and Linda and to Bob for providing the judges’ and helpers’ lunches.

Read more about it on the Breed News Weekly page, and as always, there will be a full report in the next yearbook.

Coronavirus and club events

In accordance with government guidelines regarding staying at home and restricting social contact, many club events have had to be cancelled or postponed this year. Occasional events for limited numbers of people, in outdoor environments, may take place.

Please see information on the Events page, and continue to check for updated information regarding events.

Great news for the CBRC Championship and Open Shows 2021

While the club shows for 2020 have had to be cancelled due to COVID, the Club is now planning to hold a double show next year. So we will have a whole weekend of shows at Bretford on 3-4 July. Put the dates in your diary – something to look forward to!

For more info, contact Show Secretary Caroline Griffin-Woods on 01469 576882 or email

Breed News Weekly

With so many chances to get together being cancelled, it’s more important than ever to keep in touch. With that in mind, we have a new page on the website – a place to share Chesapeake news. Welcome to Breed News Weekly! If you have Chessie news to share, please email Chrissie Mayhew at 

CBRC Championship and Open Shows 2020 postponed

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club has taken the difficult decision to postpone the Championship and Open shows to be held on the 12 July 2020 at Bretford Village Hall, Bretford. It was felt that given the ongoing Covid-19 situation, it was in the best interests of all those involved. The Club is working on possible plans to hold the 2020 show in 2021.

AGM Trophies 2020

The following trophies were presented at the CBRC AGM on 23 February 2020

The Corrie Cup – TOP WORKING DOG OR BITCH –  David & Thelma Thompson’s Arnac Bay Harvest
Isis Shield – TOP WORKING PUPPY – not awarded
Dawnflight Trophy – FIELD TRIAL DOG OR BITCH – not awarded
Westering Plate – DUAL PURPOSE DOG OR BITCH – Richard Playle’s Arnac Bay Grebe
Chesabay Trophy – DUAL PURPOSE PUPPY – David & Thelma Thompson’s Arnac Bay Harvest
Chase Challenge Shield – TOP OBEDIENCE DOG OR BITCH – Debbie Crewe’s Chesarab Saltmarsh
Barry Shield – TOP SHOW DOG – Molly Barker’s Next Generations Chesepi Range Rider
Glaniels Cup – TOP SHOW BITCH – Molly Barker’s Chesepi Santana
Fudge Tankard – TOP SHOW PUPPY – Maddie Mahon, Jodie Hunns & James Newton’s Arnac Bay Huron at Bergelle
Ted’s Challenge Trophy – MOST SPECIES RETRIEVED – Richard Playle’s Arnac Bay Grebe
Chessie Chat Trophy for BEST CHAT ARTICLE – Cathy & Vincent Acheson for “Finn McCool”

Notice of the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club

23 February 2020
Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks CV23 0JZ
Meeting begins at 11.00am (tea/coffee available from 10.30am)

According to the club rules, half the committee retire annually.
The Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and Chairman retire annually. The Hon. Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman are willing to stand for re-election.

Items for the agenda and nominations (in writing) for Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman of the Club, signed by both proposer and seconder, must be with the Secretary at least 28 days prior to the AGM. Please include a brief biographical note (around 200 words) detailing your interest and involvement with Chesapeakes.

The agenda and 2019 AGM minutes will be available at the meeting, or by prior request from the Secretary.

After the AGM business, there will be a powerpoint presentation of old photographs showing the history of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. This presentation, which lasts just under an hour, should prove interesting to all who have a Chesapeake, whether for work, show or pet. 

Please note, tea and coffee will be available, but please bring your own lunch.

We hope you will attend the AGM and look forward to seeing you there.

CBRC AGM Trophies

Every year, trophies are awarded at the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club’s AGM. Trophies are open to all club members. All you need to do is send your points to the Trophy Stewards, Dave and Thelma Thompson. Points submitted must have been gained between 1 January and 31 December 2019. You can look up the points here, then complete the form below for whichever trophy you would like to apply for.

Don’t forget the Chessie Chat Trophy! This trophy is awarded to club members’ favourite article in the previous yearbook, so please let Dave know who YOU think deserves this award. 

Please email your trophy points to Dave and Thelma at or post them to him (address in Chat). 

If you have any queries, you can phone Dave or Thelma on 01952 680114. The deadline for submitting points is 15 February 2020. If you won a trophy last year, please ensure it is brought back to the AGM in good, clean condition. The new recipient should be proud to take it home.


If you have ever wondered what a Chesapeake was bred to do – what he was designed for – spend a couple of minutes watching this film of Mark Greenhough’s wonderful Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Echo, on the Dee Estuary.