Show news for your diary!

5 July 2020

Whilst all of our dog shows have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is some activity in the USA where the top winning Chesapeake, MBIS MRBIS GCHG Sandbars Hardcore Hank MH QAA has added another to his very impressive collection of wins, this time in Oklahoma where COVID restrictions meant that competitors had to wear masks and stay 6′ apart. The judge was however able to handle and go over the dogs.

The American Kennel Club says that it continues to encourage each of its 5000 clubs to adhere to federal, state and local restrictions pertaining to minimise the spread of COVID-19, and as the states gradually begin to reopen they say that they strongly advise clubs to follow every regulation for large gatherings. As with the UK Kennel Club, they continue to monitor the situation and any developments.

Devon handling the multi-talented Hank

For those who have not met Hank, he is the first ever Chesapeake to achieve his AKC Master Hunter title and also win an All Breed Best in Show, which makes him the first ever retriever in AKC history to do so! Owned by Adam Levy and Diane Baker, Adam says of Hank, “besides all the fancy titles, he is my main hunting buddy and accompanies me all over the Midwest in our quest for ducks, geese, swans and pheasants. He has an amazing goofy temperament, gets along with all dogs, and loves people.” Hank is handled in the ring by Adam’s lovely fiancé, Devon Kipp. 

Meanwhile, Chesapeakes continue to do well in the online shows being held, with Caroline Pont’s lovely bitch Oakmarsh Dancing Diva notching up a string of successes with a Best of Breed, a Group 2, then a Best in Match (from an entry of 169). The icing on the cake however was a recent Reserve Best in Show out of an amazing entry of 1378!  Diva was bred by Kirsty Watts. What an amazing success these online shows have been for the dog showing fraternity during lockdown.

Caroline Pont's Diva wins Reserve BIS online

According to the British Horse Society, English indoor arenas may be back in use from 4 July, thanks to a “breakthrough” with the government and so this may lead the way to some ‘real life’ shows in the not too distant future.

There is great news for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club’s plans for shows next year.  Because of the ‘COVID cancellation’ this year, the Kennel Club has allowed us to schedule two championship shows and two open shows on the one weekend, namely the 3-4 July 2021. This will certainly make the weekend special so put these dates in next year’s diary. We have our show secretary Caroline Griffin-Woods to thank for arranging what is going to be a mammoth task for her, and so any offers of help, large or small, would be appreciated.

The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has named its Gamekeeper of the Month as Raymond Holt. Raymond is the first gamekeeper to have been employed by the Kennel Club and is responsible for turning the Kennel Club owned Emblehope and Burngrange estates in Northumberland into a ‘training centre of excellence for working dogs’. More about the estate another time.

Christine Mayhew

If you have something you’d like to share, please email Chrissie Mayhew at bobmayhewQhorses@aol.com

Puppies, prizes and playing out

28 June 2020

Two more online dog show awards were recently won by the two Chesapeakes who share their home with Jo Coppin and Darren Davies-Jones!  Freja added to her previous award by coming 5th in AV Gundog out of 140 entries and puppy Mira who has yet to make her debut in ‘real life’ dog shows due to pandemic restrictions, came 4th out of 415 entries!  Way to go Mira! 

Put 8-9 August in your almost-empty diaries!  We will be running a training day and a Working Chesapeake Test day at Jason Mayhew’s training ground in Rogate, Hampshire. Obviously we need to keep to government guidelines with regards to social distancing and so should numbers climb too high we will close entries with first come, first served. Fortunately, with plenty of ground, I would doubt that we will have a problem, but please see the Events page and get your entries in early.

Two new imported pups have just arrived in the UK from Austria from Cristian Paldetti’s first Chesapeake litter. Many will know Cristian from meeting him at Crufts, and these pups are sired by his Multi International and UK Show Champion Nunneyswood Iceberg who has won the dog CC at Crufts for the last three years (and Best of Breed in 2019).

Ice was bred by Margaret Woods on the Isle of Wight, his sire being Gemma McCarthy’s Doublecoats Chesepi Ice Shaddow at Nunneyswood, who was himself imported from Sweden. His dam is Margaret’s own homebred Sh Ch Nunneyswood Drifting Snow. The mother of Cristian’s litter is Doublecoats Mary Quant bred by Catharina Lindstrom of Doublecoats kennel in Sweden. Mary Quant is sired by Gr Ch and Sw Ch Doublecoats Christmas Joy (BIS winner at the ACC Specialty 2011) and out of Sw Ch Doublecoats Icefern, who is a full sister to Gemma’s Ice Shaddow thereby doubling up on this pedigree. All this brings in lines we already have but in different formats and includes some lovely dogs from the USA, Sweden and the UK.

The pups from this litter have gone to new homes all over Europe, including Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Poland and Italy. Cristian says that all of the new homes are with lovely people who know the breed, and this gives him great satisfaction. He is keeping two pups in Austria for himself.

One of the male pups came to Cathy and Vincent Acheson who chose a puppy from Cristian’s litter because they had met and liked the father, Ice. They liked his drive, intelligence and his very gentle attitude – characteristics they wanted in a dog. The mother of the litter, Mary Quant, reminded them of their first ever bitch, Westering Michaelmas Daisy, a gentle soul with drive and determination.

After many exchanges of photographs and videos, and Skype calls, and with a requirement for a non-alpha male who would gel in their pack, a puppy was chosen. Then came lockdown! Finally, with all paperwork in order, the go ahead was given for the pup to be brought by an animal transport company ‘Linora’ and he duly arrived safe and well, along with another pup from the litter who has gone to a home in the South of England.

The puppy, who is to be Cathy’s dog, was named Thane. Scottish in origin, as is Cathy (born a McCulloch), a Thane was a minor Royal (Earl) who was fiercely loyal, hardworking and driven, and fit, and would protect his Lord and Master to the death.  Whilst the Achesons say that they fervently pray that the last attribute will be redundant, the others are all the best qualities of a Chesapeake.

Cathy’s plans for Thane are endless and I am sure that we will all meet him very soon at a Chessie event. Certainly he has adoring owners who are thrilled with this new bundle of brown fur.

Christine Mayhew

Fewer events, more testing and the ACC CBR Breed Database

21 June 2020

Sadly the Game Fair has now joined the list of cancelled events. The event organisers have this week released an email which says: “We have received a notice from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic, cannot give us any assurances that the Game Fair can proceed in September. It will therefore be postponed until July 2021.”

The Frampton Country Show and Northern Shooting Show have also both been cancelled as a result of continued Coronavirus restrictions.

Good news with regards to eye testing though, is that in line with the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK, the British Veterinary Association are advising that veterinary practices can begin transitioning towards as full a range of veterinary services as possible in a safe manner. This will be dependent on individual practice factors such as staffing levels, as well as the vets’ professional and clinical judgement, and the BVA urge all owners to respect their vet’s decision. Some Eye Panellists may be able to start offering CHS eye screenings within clinic settings now as long as government guidance on working safely, practice polices, and any local restrictions are adhered to. Please check with your veterinary practice. Currently group eye screenings cannot take place due to social distancing requirements. 

As many have asked about the American Chesapeake Club’s database, which is for ALL Chesapeakes worldwide, I have asked Gina Downin of Maryland, USA to explain it to us.

Christine Mayhew

The American Chesapeake Club has committed itself to the preservation of information about individual dogs in our breed. In 2018 we launched our CBR Database and with the help of the worldwide Chesapeake community, we are steadily adding new information. In the past, there have been privately owned databases that we came to rely upon, but those databases closed down and all data was lost. The ACC took action to collect and preserve this data so that we don’t, once again, lose this valuable information. Owners and breeders of dogs can submit information about their dogs along with documentation that allows our data group to verify the accuracy of the information. Submitting your documentation can be as easy as snapping a photo of documents and attaching the photo to your submission. Some information, such as health tests, can be submitted by sending a link to your dog’s health clearances in the Kennel Club’s Health Test Results Finder.

We have been working with several people in the UK to enter dogs so that we can start to connect the dots between related dogs. You can help us to strengthen those data connections by working with us to make sure that all UK dogs are represented in the database.

Start by visiting the database at: cbrdata.amchessieclub.org  You can search for a dog by entering any part of their registered name. If the dog already appears in the database, you can add new information directly from their page in the database. The types of information you can provide include: parent info, health test results, and a photo. You can also add a note that might include owner/breeder names and contact information, location of the dog, and other information that you think might be important. We only ask that you do not use the note function to promote your kennel or your dog for commercial purposes (i.e. no stud dog info, litter announcements, links to kennel website, etc.) If the dog does not already exist in the database, it must be added as a “New Dog with Test” from the home page of the database. You’ll start by entering some Kennel Club registration information and the results of just one health test. We have a very helpful flowchart that will guide you in how to enter your dog: Guide to Entering Data in the American Chesapeake Club CBR Database

At the moment, our database includes American Kennel Club titles. In the future we hope to add the capability for owners to submit titles from other registries with accompanying proof of that title. We look forward to recognizing all titles earned by Chesapeakes. And, we plan to eventually have the ability to produce pedigrees.

To see a sample dog in the database, you can visit the following link: CH Weatherdeck Arnac Bay Gudgeon RATN CGC

If you need any help in getting started with entering your dog into the database, we encourage you to reach out to our team at accdatateam@gmail.com.

Gina Downin, ACC Data Group

Events cancelled … and events to look forward to

14 June 2020

Sadly another event has been cancelled, this time Chatsworth Country Fair. Normally held in early September, Chatsworth is an important event in the gundog calendar, being anticipated for its yearly inter-team gundog working tests. The CLA Game Fair, having been postponed from July, is still scheduled to be held on 18-20 September at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire so all fingers crossed that this will not be cancelled.

Looking forward to 2021 and the show scene, the Kennel Club and the Crufts Committee have announced that they are committed to holding Crufts 2021 if permitted to do so by the Government. We can but hope.

To clarify recent breed notes in Our Dogs regarding the ACC WD programme:

The American Chesapeake Club (ACC) has a working dog certificate programme that tests dogs on their working ability in three different stages of tests. This test was perfect as we could run it according to ACC rules in various countries using the same criteria with a few exceptions for laws in each country, i.e. the Americans will throw a bird in the air and shoot it, which is something that we are not allowed to do (we would use cold game).

Each event has to be organised by a Regional Director (RD) of the ACC and I, as the RD for England, ran the first one with the help of Les Lowenthal of the ACC, who visited the UK to help us. This was many, many years ago and Les is sadly no longer with us. I continued to run tests, the last being in 2015. Janet Morris, at that time the RD for Wales, ran some in Wales too.

A few years ago (I think 2016) the American Chesapeake Club announced in their bulletin that they were no longer allowing their programme to be run overseas. This came as a shock to those of us in Europe who had supported the programme as we had received no prior notification of this announcement.

With the disappointment of this news, I, my stepson Jason Mayhew (a professional gundog trainer) and others on the Chesapeake Club committee, came up with a series of tests, loosely based on the ACC WD tests, so that our dogs could earn a club qualification to prove their ability to work. These tests are not a competition and we hoped that people who had never entered a test would be encouraged to do some gundog work with their dogs. We named these tests the WORKING CHESAPEAKE TESTS and all details of the three stages of test can be found on the Events page here on the CBRC website.

A few years after the shock announcement by the American Chesapeake Club, a few from the ACC rallied around the RDs in various countries to start discussions to try to revive the ACC working dog stakes. Being the RD for UK, I was amongst those asked for ideas to get things going again. It had been mooted that we may be able to re-invent the tests in Europe and beyond.

By this time our Working Chesapeake Tests for the UK Club had been formally written and agreed. Added to this, the idea had been proposed that all entering the ACC WD programme should be a member of ACC (at the equivalent of £50 per annum membership), which would probably not work for our normal members in the UK, most of who would not be interested in joining the American Club. (There are presently only five ACC members residing in the UK.)

CBRC Working Chesapeake Test rosette

For the UK tests, we were asking that everyone entering is a member of the UK CBRC at £10 per annum, and the entry fee for the test was to be £25 per test. The ACC entry fee amounted to £44 plus the ACC membership of £50 … it was a no brainer!

The first UK test was run in 2019 with great success. Catharina Lindstrom and Pia Wime Roudier were flown in from Sweden to judge as both have experience of the original tests. We had an amazing entry of 21 dogs for the first test, including two who had travelled from Greece and another two from Holland!

Eleven dogs passed the first test and nine went on to the next stage in the afternoon.  Unfortunately none passed the next stage but all said that they would like to try again next year. Even with the cost of foreign judges and initial expenses for rosettes, etc., the Club still made a profit, and gained several new members. Each dog and handler who passed was awarded a certificate and a beautiful rosette.

This year’s tests were planned for April but the pandemic put an end to those plans. If there is any opportunity to run the tests later in the year, we will do so if we are able to schedule it around shooting dates. Otherwise we plan to hold the test in April 2021. Check the Events page for updates.

Christine Mayhew

The Working Chesapeake Tests include tests on both land and water

Health testing and breed mentors

7 June 2020

Subject to confirmation and contracts, the ACC Specialty will be held 24-28 August 2021. Hopefully those who had planned to go this year will all be able to go next year.

In case anyone is wondering where the CBRC yearbook has got to, the printer is still closed down. As soon as they reopen, the yearbook will be printed out and sent to all Chessie club members in the usual way. Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, any news and information will be shared here on the club website.

In these times it is frustrating to not be able to make breeding plans when some dogs still need health checks. When everything will open fully again we do not know but the following may be helpful. In line with current government advice, veterinary practices have been advised to suspend or delay non-essential services during the lockdown period, including pre-breeding health testing. However, with the slight relaxation of lockdown regulations, Southern Canine Imaging, who I know many of us use for hips and elbows, are slowly starting up their clinics. They need to catch up with those they had  to cancel first, so they will not be booking any new appointments yet.

The British Veterinary Association is still closed anyway and will not be issuing any new forms, nor will they be scoring any X-rays the BVA say that this will be kept under review and in line with government announcements. They are asking all animal owners and breeders to respect their vets’ clinical and professional judgement and be patient during this time.

Laboklin, who process our genetic tests, however, are open for business as normal. In the case of our breed, DNA tests for degenerative myelopathy, long hair, PRA, EIC, etc. If you go to Laboklin’s website you can check on the tests and prices, and order swabs that will be sent to you. See the Health page for more information on health testing in Chesapeakes.

Last week Becky Johnson, the Breed Education Co-ordinator for our breed gave an overview on the new judging criteria.  Since then the KC have decreed that what was to be known as the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) will now be known as the Judges Education Programme (JEP) for breed shows. Becky continues this week with an overview of the mentoring scheme.

The mentoring scheme, to me, is an ideal way for knowledgable people in the breed who possess the right attitude and a desire to teach the next generation to impart their knowledge in an honest and helpful way. I sincerely hope that we will be able to produce a generation of informed, confident judges who seriously judge the dogs in front of them according to their merits, taking into consideration no other factors or fashions.

Christine Mayhew

Mentoring forms a crucial part of the Judges Education Programme so for the benefit of those who are a little in the dark about the meaning and purpose of mentoring, I have taken extracts from the Kennel Club Guide of Mentoring to help to explain the rationale behind it.

Mentoring is an important part of a judge’s learning to be competent to judge a breed. However, the judge still needs to develop their judging skills through practical experience of being a judge at all types of shows.

Mentoring is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person in that breed. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with a wealth of experience and someone who wants to learn. In the context of the Judges Education Programme, mentoring is a learning and development experience where a Mentee is assisted by a Breed Mentor in developing breed specific skills and knowledge. A Mentee must undergo a minimum of three mentoring sessions, with a minimum of a year between the first and third session, before they can be observed in a judging scenario. If more than three sessions are felt necessary by the Mentee, or based upon feedback from Mentors, the BEC and Mentee will come to a consensus about additional mentoring sessions.

The aim of breed mentoring is to educate judges of the breed and provide them with the information to make informed decisions to preserve and safeguard the breed.

The objectives being to provide an opportunity for judges to expand on the knowledge they have acquired following attendance at a Breed Appreciation Day, subsequently passing the Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exam for the respective breed and their experience of judging the relevant breed. To empower individuals to take control of their learning opportunities and ensure that all Kennel Club judges are provided with the opportunity for enhancing their knowledge. It also serves to outline the Kennel Club expectations, reinforce good practice, and encourage careful planning and organizing and to provide opportunities for judges to undergo a minimum of three mentoring sessions which will contribute to the requirements necessary to progress from Level 2 to Level 3.

In order to be eligible to undertake a mentoring session, Mentees must meet all the requirements and be registered (once the online system is available) at Level 2 for the respective breed.

With regard to the eligibility criteria for Breed MENTORS, there will be two categories of mentors: first, persons who have bred/owned 2 UK champions in the breed (Champion or Show Champion) and awarded CCs more than once; and secondly, persons who do not meet criteria 1, but are supported by at least 50% of breed clubs (except where there is one breed club and they have the support of that club) or by the breed council and the KC Judges Committee. Non-CC breeds have different criteria.

Persons wishing to be considered as a Mentor who meet the criteria listed above should contact the Breed Education Co-ordinator (BEC) in the first instance to indicate their willingness. The BEC will include them on the breed’s mentor list. The Breed Education Co-ordinator (BEC) will then submit this to the Canine Activities Team.

The BEC will confirm with Breed Mentors which of the mentoring scenarios (listed below) that they wish to participate in. Mentors can choose not to be a Mentor for some of the scenarios if they wish.

  • One to one
  • Group mentoring
  • Student judging

The responsibilities of a Breed Mentor include:

  • Agreeing how best to conduct the mentoring activity to best meet the needs of the Mentee, in line with Kennel Club requirements and guidance.
  • Encouraging the Mentee to express and discuss their ideas, concerns and understanding of the breed. 
  • Encouraging the Mentee to play an active part in the session, and use questions to encourage the Mentee to demonstrate their knowledge. 
  • Helping Mentees to review their progress and set realistic and practical options to realise their goals. 
  • Helping Mentees to reflect on and learn from the mentoring experience. 
  • Taking due care and consideration when providing feedback to Mentees. Feedback should be constructive and honest. 
  • Referring Mentees to other sources of information, advice or further support where appropriate.
Becky Johnson

Chesapeakes – work and show

31 May 2020

News of a fantastic achievement for Caroline Griffin Woods and her dog Arla (Chesepi Parsippany with Migwell) who, on the 3 March this year, passed the Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate.

For those who are unfamiliar with the test:  Handlers and dogs are required to demonstrate competence in control, obedience, temperament, hunting ability and retrieving ability. Set either on a real day’s shooting or, as in Arla’s case this time, in a simulated shooting field on dummies. Handlers and dogs walk together to the start area with the dogs at heel off lead and under control, they then have to sit through a simulated drive with dogs assessed both in the beating line and waiting at pegs. This is followed by hunting for seen and unseen dummies after the drive They are also required to do a marked retrieve from water and another from over an obstacle. Finally they are tested with a steadiness exercise where dogs are left together whilst handlers collect up decoys/dummies.

Participants are assessed by a qualified assessor and if there are more than three participants, a second assessor is appointed.  Qualified assessors are Kennel Club Field Trial Judges or others who have satisfactorily assessed the certificate three times and have been approved by another qualified assessor.

The standard of work required is high and these certificates are gained only with a lot of training and practice, so all credit to Caroline who has trained Arla herself. Arla was bred by Molly Barker out of Chesepi Monteray Silvercreek and sired by Doublecoats Earl at Arnac. Please let me know if your Chesapeake has gained this certificate so as we can keep a record for the Club and for the history of the breed. We will be publishing all details in the Chesapeake Club yearbook so please let me have all details, including date or year of test, name and breeding of dog and, if possible, a photo. Let’s get your achievements known about!

As many of you will know, the Club has cancelled this year’s show having taken into consideration the government guidelines and a cross-section of the membership’s wishes via a Facebook poll. Every attempt to avoid disappointment was considered. However, set aside the 3-4 July in your diaries for the 2021 show. More details will follow in due course and will be placed here on the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club website.

When the Kennel Club decided to update its judges’ education programme, ideas were bounced one way and another, systems were put in place, and there were constant adjustments to improve the system. This has been going on for many years and created, for many, a lot of paperwork and some confusion. A bit like understanding law, it would seem that you need the right sort of brain to absorb and understand. When, a few years ago, Becky Johnson, a highly respected judge of gundog breeds with a keen interest in the Chesapeake, offered to take on the job of Breed Education Co-ordinator for the Club, the committee were overjoyed and leapt at the opportunity to have someone with a vast knowledge of the KC judging education system and who is personable and approachable.

I have asked Becky to explain the new system which she will do in two parts. Over to Becky for the first part …

Chrissie Mayhew

Many of you are aware that the Kennel Club have changed the way in which judges get passed to award Challenge Certificates in the future. This has been the subject of much heated debate, in so much as the Kennel Club have agreed to let the ‘current system’ and the new system – which is known as the ‘JCF’ (although that name will soon change) – run in tandem for 5 years.

For those of you not aware of what the current system entails, it is largely based on numbers of dogs judged over a period of time. You also have to pass a judging competency exam, attend an Open Field Trial or Open Working Test, pass the Rules and Regulations Exam, Points of a Dog exam and have stewarded at either an open or championship show on 12 occasions.  You also have to have owned or bred three dogs at the time of their entry into the Stud Book.

The new system has some similarities but involves fewer dogs judged and includes mentoring to aid a greater in-depth understanding of any one breed. Any aspirant judge, or any judges currently on the C list, are required to follow the JCF route.

The first thing you have to do is to register on the Kennel Club Academy. This is free of charge and there are a lot of interesting films and also a critique writing exam which can be done online. In order for completely new judges to start their judging career they will have to register at Level 1. Currently the KC CRM which will enable this is not yet launched.

In order to qualify for Level 1, a judge has to have completed the following criteria: a minimum of 5 years’ proven interest in pedigree dogs (any breed); a minimum of 2 stewarding appointments; passed the Rules and Regulations exam; and attended a movement and confirmation seminar. These criteria will allow you to judge 4 classes of the breed at any open show. 

Next you will need to qualify for Level 2.  Level 2 is the equivalent of a B list judge today. You need to attend a breed appreciation day (seminar) and pass a Multiple Choice Exam. (Note – anybody who has already done this need not do it again, as long as they have the certificate); pass the Points of a Dog assessment; view the ring stewarding seminar via KC Academy and take an online quiz; and finally, complete a critique writing seminar via the KC Academy and take the online quiz. Once you have attained Level 2 you can judge an unlimited number of breed classes and Open Shows and Championship Shows without CCs.

This is where the fun really starts! Getting to Level 3. In order to reach level 3 (A3 list equivalent) you have to fulfil the following criteria: 

  • undergo a minimum of three mentoring sessions over a 12 month period. This can take place as a “one to one” (candidate and mentor), ideally at a championship show where there are CCs on offer for the breed, in order to observe and discuss a meaningful entry.  Or Group Mentoring sessions can also be held.  The aspirant judge has to be mentored by 3 individual people who will assess their knowledge on the breed standard, understanding of breed type, ability to identify strengths and weaknesses, and their ability to place dogs in order of merit. These discussions have to be held in confidence.  If the mentor feels that the mentee would benefit from more research before progressing this will be flagged up.
  • be observed judging at either a breed club open show, a championship show without CCs, or a supported entry open show.
  • have judged the required number of dogs in line with the KC requirement for the relevant stud book band. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are an A Minus breed so the required number is 15. 
  • and for judges who do not award CCs in any other breed, they will also have had to have owned/bred a minimum of 3 dogs when they attained their first entry into the KC Stud Book, complete 10 more stewarding appointments and attended an open field trial or working test.

Once you have reached Level 3 you then have one more step to accomplish before being able to register at Level 4 – the equivalent to the current A1 lists, i.e. passed to award CCs, and this is to attend and pass a breed specific seminar for the specific breed run by the Kennel Club. You will then be eligible to register at Level 4 and be entitled to accept an invitation to award CCs.

To be continued next week …

Becky Johnson

Chesapeakes line up for judges at a Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club Breed Seminar

More news to share!

24 May 2020
Contrary to the report in Our Dogs breed notes which states that the American Chesapeake Club Specialty show is now hoped to be held in February 2021, Joanne Silver (Chair of the ACC Show Committee) has asked that it be noted that the American Chesapeake Club Specialty Show, is certainly NOT being held in February. With the difficulties of contacting venues, hotels, etc., during this pandemic, arrangements for the next date and venue will be on hold for the time being. Joanne said that she has no idea where the February date originated from, and adds that they would not hold a show at that time of the year when they are in a snow belt!

I know that there were quite a few groups of UK owners planning to go to the ACC show this year, and with another year to plan that visit to Pennsylvania, there are many places to see in and around the not too distant Chesapeake Bay. One to look up and plan for is the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, with an outside guard of a Chesapeake based on Sailor, one of the two Newfoundlands who were the foundation of the early Chesapeake breed.
 
Sailor statue at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum

Human news! Our Club Treasurer, Gemma Pearce and her husband Daniel are expecting twin boys later this year!  CONGRATULATIONS! Luckily Gemma and Dan have enough Chesapeakes for both boys to handle in junior handling in the years to come!  

News of another online Chesapeake winner, this time a video working challenge run by the Working Minority Retriever Club, with Joanne Lycett’s Quint winning third place. A brilliant result for the breed and for Quint (pedigree name Winging It). Quint is two and a half years old and was bred by Dave Lowther out of his Chesepi Souix Falls and sired by Sh Ch Next Generation’s Chesepi Range Rider.

Quint with his rosette

Roly Hoare’s Sh Ch Petsalls Pride Cedar passed away at the beginning of this year. A very strong, hard hunting working dog, Roly always had him in his picking up team alongside his father, Dill, his sister Fig and two spaniels. Cedar was from Roly’s first litter sired by Sh Ch Arnac Bay Ardent and out of Arnac Bay Sage. There were only three in this litter, all kept by Roly and his partner Paula, and all three, Cedar, Fig and Lila, gained their Championships in the show ring.

Cedar sired just two litters, the first bred by Sharon Baxandall of Sharbae kennel, from her Sharbae Beguiling Rambling Rose, were born in 2016. There were only two pups, a dog and a bitch. Sharon kept the bitch, Sharbae Prettiest Star, who had an impressive show record as a puppy and went on to win a Group 2 at an open show and best of breed at Windsor Championship Show. As a beating dog she was eligible for the gamekeeper classes at Crufts and was a creditable 3rd against the other more prolific retriever breeds. Sharon also has rally obedience qualification TDRP and a level 1 towards her championship level. A true all around dog.

Cedar doing what he loved best

The second litter was out of Donna Laurie’s Northsolway Dark Angel. Donna, whose kennel name Northsolway gives her location away, tells the story of how she came south to collect Cedar for his liaison in Scotland. First with a train to Annan, another to Carlisle, then Euston, a tube train (the first time for Donna) then another train to Wimbledon to meet up with Paula Graystone who had Cedar, suitcase packed, all ready for his journey.

In Donna’s own words, “After a few drinks and a lovely meal, sleep called for a few hours. Morning broke and the journey was to be repeated in reverse. Only this time it was rush hour in London and I had Cedar with me! The first train was an eye opener. Then the hurdle to get on the Tube. Easy pease, I think. Well not so as there were no stairs or lifts. So with backpack on my back and carrying Cedar in my arms, we made it down the escalator only to discover there was another escalator! I made it on to the Tube, managing to get off at the right station, then was confronted by another two escalators! So with Cedar in my arms again we made it up both.  I’m sure the zombie commuters wondered about the strange little Scottish woman with a Chessie in tow as we certainly got space on tubes and trains! Finally at Euston station we boarded the train heading for bonnie Scotland and home, and arrived at Carlisle with an hour to spare before our next train so I treated Cedar to a sausage supper which he enjoyed!”

Thank goodness that Donna is a strong and tough wildfowling lass as Cedar must have weighed about 70 lbs. Anyway it would seem that the journey was worthwhile as his Scottish girlfriend loved him from day one and eventually produced ten little brown bundles … all male! 

Christine Mayhew

Welcome to Breed News Weekly!

17 May 2020

This is a new idea as many do not subscribe to dog papers, which can be quite expensive when you are really only interested in one breed. Please email me at bobmayhewqhorses@aol.com if you have any news of achievements, whether in the show ring or the field or anything Chessie-related.

With the dreaded Covid-19 reaping destruction on the dog showing calendar, more shows are being cancelled, the latest being City of Birmingham, Richmond, Darlington, and South Wales. The good news is that Chesapeakes have featured highly in the several on-line competitions being held.

Harriet Westgate’s beautiful pup Pixierose Anna won the Kennel Club’s Cutest Puppy Award with a really heart-stopping photograph. There were over 3,500 entries so this was a fantastic win for Harriet and for the breed.

Another success in an on-line show was Dallandor Jocasta (Freja) owned by Jo Coppin and Darren Davies-Jones who won Group 1 out of 59 entries in the Ruthin Canine Society Online Show. Freja’s photo, taken by Joy Middleton at Crufts, shows her off beautifully with her handler Darren. She was bred by Rachel Herbert out of Dallandor Artemis and sired by Sh Ch Arnac Bay Exe.

Sadly, Linda Partridge was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year and has undergone surgery and started chemotherapy which is predicted to give her a good outcome. I’m sure everyone will join me in wishing her well. Linda has had Chesapeakes in the past and as a professional gundog trainer, holds the record for field trial wins and placings with the breed, being the only one to win a total of three trials, including an all-aged stake. Her field trial bitch Chesabay Coral of Braidenvale also won 24 awards in AV tests and twice won the URC Founders Trophy for top dual-purpose retriever (all breeds). Quite an ambassador for the breed, Corrie was bred by Sandy Hastings out of Arnac Bay Enigma of Chesabay and sired by Chestnut Hills Ty of Kahilani, a dog imported from the USA who sired two litters before he left for his destination of New Zealand.

Long-time Chesapeake owner and breeder and fervent wildfowler Allen Musselwhite (Puntgunner kennel) has just produced a book Wildfowling Tales, Past and Present. I am not a wildfowler but having purchased my copy and started reading it,  I find it fascinating, not only the chapter about the dogs but also the history of fowling in the Chichester and Portsmouth area. With some amusing tales of the men involved, it is a worthy read for anyone interested in shooting, shooting men, Chesapeakes, or just history.

Chrissie Mayhew