The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club holds various events throughout the year. A championship breed show is held once a year, usually in July. Each year there are two gundog working tests, one in the spring and one in the autumn. The working tests tend to move around the country, from Hampshire in the South of England to the Angus Glens of Scotland, plus many other locations in between!

Other events include obedience workshops, training days, breed seminars, dog and gun days, WD stakes and fun days. The Club also takes part in inter-breed gundog working tests with other retriever breeds.

Spectators are welcome at CBRC shows and working tests, where you can see the dogs in action. If you are thinking about adding a Chesapeake to your family, or are just interested to know more, it’s a good idea to come along and meet some dogs. Please contact the organisers if you would like to attend any events.

Coronavirus and club events

In accordance with government guidelines regarding Covid-19, many club events have had to be cancelled or postponed. As everyone is aware, this is a rapidly changing situation. 

Please see information for each event below, and continue to check this page for updated information regarding events.

Chesapeake events – at a glance

  • 12 June 2021 – Minor Breeds Working Test
  • 13 June 2021 – CBRC Spring Working Test
  • 3-4 July 2021 – CBRC Championship and Open Show weekend: 2 breed championship shows and 2 breed open shows on one weekend at the same venue
  • 23-25 July 2021 – The Game Fair will have Chesapeakes there to meet and find out more about the breed. Come and say hello.
  • 10 Oct 2021 – CBRC Autumn Working Test
  • 27 Nov 2021 – Virtual Breed Appreciation Day with Multiple-Choice Examination

We have had a phenomenal amount of interest in our first Virtual Breed Appreciation Day to learn more about judging our breed. All 40 places are now booked and paid for. Those who wish to be placed on our waiting list can still contact our BEC via the email address on the advert.

CBRC Autumn Working Test 2021

10 October 2021

Barwick-in-Elmet, West Yorkshire, with kind permission of Andrew and Diane Nicholls

This event will be open to all club members. Please put the date in your diary. Entry forms and further information will be available to download here nearer the time. 

CBRC Championship and Open Shows 2021

3-4 July 2021

Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks

The Club will be holding TWO championship shows and TWO open shows on one weekend at the same venue. Four shows in one weekend – a showing bonanza!

  • Championship Show – Saturday 3 July
  • Open Show – Saturday 3 July
  • Championship Show – Sunday 4 July
  • Open Show – Sunday 4 July

Exhibitors should have received a Track and Trace form and a copy of the Covid risk assessment by email. If not, you can download them here. 

Anyone wishing to spectate must either complete the track and trace form or use the NHS Track and Trace app. 


Camping/overnight parking is still available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Could anyone interested please fill in the form and bring along with payment to the show. Caroline Griffin-Woods will also need an email so she can add you to the list for emergency contacts/details for the hall.


Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we cannot have the group buffet that we have had previously. People will need to supply their own packed lunches or picnics. There will be a tea/coffee/ drinks DIY station available. Please help yourself and make a donation.


There will be a silent auction taking place from 12 noon Saturday onwards. Now the show is less than a week away, don’t forget to bring some cash for the silent auction. We have some fantastic donations on offer: handmade candles, shooting vest, glass brooch, dog hampers & Goodies collars, Teddies Handmade wooden designs, shoot vest, game bag, bottles of bubbly, gin tasting tour, handmade feather art brooch, print by Michael Steddum, place boards. The auction will be opening at lunch time on Saturday and close at the end of lunch time Sunday. Please remember to use the pens in your goodie bags, and keep checking throughout the day on your bids. Anyone who is unable to attend on the Sunday, if you could please leave your bids and details we will let you know how the auction gets on.


Don’t forget that the club AGM (postponed from February) is being held as planned after the open show on Saturday.


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

CBRC Spring Working Test 2021

Judges: Mr Warren Jones and Mr Mervyn Dixon
Sun 13 June 2021

Leighton Hall Estate, Shropshire

This event will be going ahead (subject to further changes in the Covid restrictions). There will be a limit of 30 people at the event, so it may not be possible to have spectators on this occasion. We will need some helpers though. Entry form and further information can be downloaded by clicking on the buttons below. 


Minor Breeds Working Test

12 June 2021

The annual Minor Breeds Working Test is being planned for Sat 12 June 2021, in Shropshire. This is a team event, with teams of minor breed retrievers – Chesapeakes, Flatcoats, Curlycoats, Irish Water Spaniels and Tollers – competing against each other.

CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests

The Working Chesapeake Tests are a series of tests designed to demonstrate a dog’s natural ability in a non-competitive way. There are three levels of the test, each with an increasing level of difficulty, demonstrating the dog and handler working as a team.

Becoming familiar with the tests may give you and your dog something to work towards. Descriptions of the tests and how they are run are given here. 

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

28 February 2021 – POSTPONED 

The AGM has provisionally been postponed until Sat 3 July, after the Club Shows
Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks CV23 0JZ  

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 2020 AGM minutes will be available at the meeting, or by prior request from the Secretary.

Open to ALL club members. We hope you will attend the AGM and look forward to seeing you there.



Ragley Hall, Warwickshire,  23-25 July 2021

The UK’s biggest celebration of the Great British countryside is back at Ragley Hall this summer and you could be there by taking advantage of the special ticket offer that The Game Fair have kindly offered Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club members.

Grab day tickets for £25*, saving £4 on the standard advance price (£10.00 off the door price) by visiting the tickets page of quoting promo code GDOG25 at the checkout (or use this online link:

Children 8-16 years old can visit for £10.00 (they must be accompanied by a paying adult), children under 8 years visit for free and parking is included! *Offer ends midnight 22 July 2021. A transaction fee applies.

“The Game Fair is the only event at the heart of fieldsports, shooting and land management with a sprinkling of glamour, amazing food and shopping. Get the latest information on the hottest topics affecting the countryside in a choice of Theatres; enjoy gundog handling and ferreting displays; falconry; try your hand at fly fishing, shooting, archery and so much more. It’s a great day out for you, your friends and family.

Book your tickets at – and don’t forget to quote GDOG25 at the checkout.

New at the Game Fair this year is the Gundog Working Test Challenge! For more info, and a link to the entry form, see the Home page.