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.

Chesapeake events – at a glance

  • 16 Feb 2020 – CBRC Chesapeake Judges Seminar
  • 23 Feb 2020 – CBRC AGM (including presentation)
  • 19 April 2020 – CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests
  • 3 May 2020 – CBRC Spring Working Test
  • 31 May 2020 – CBRC Show Handling Workshop for Chesapeakes
  • 13 June 2020 – Minor Breeds Team Working Test
  • 12 July 2020 – CBRC Championship and Open Shows 
  • 18 July 2020 – URC Gundog Working Test for Minor Retriever Breeds

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Judges Seminar

16 February 2020

This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to know more about Chesapeakes, and how their form follows function. The first part of the day is ideal for anyone who has an interest in the breed, regardless of whether they have aspirations to judge or not.

Our key speaker, Christine Mayhew, has over 40 years’ experience in the breed. Her talk will cover the history and development of the breed, the breed standard in relation to the breed’s original function, and why this is vital in assessing dogs in the show ring and considerations for breeding. 

Show judges have the opportunity to complete two exams afterwards, but this is NOT compulsory for all attendees and explicit interest in taking an exam must be made when booking.

Learn about the breed, meet some dogs, and enjoy talking about them over lunch! 

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 Working Chesapeake Tests

19 April 2020
The CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests were a new event for the Club last year, designed to demonstrate the dogs’ natural retrieving abilities in a non-competitive way. It was a great success, and the Club will be running the WCTs again in 2020. Once again, the event will be held in Rogate, West Sussex, thanks to Jason Mayhew. 

CBRC Spring Working Test 2020

Judges: Mr Warren Jones and Mr Mervyn Dixon
3 May 2020

Leighton Hall Estate, Shropshire

More details to come soon. Keep the date in your diary!

Show Handling Workshop for Chesapeakes

31 May 2020
Another great opportunity to learn how to handle your Chesapeake in the show ring, and show your dog off to best advantage. James Newton ran this handling workshop for the Club last year, and it was lots of fun, not least to those who don’t usually enter dog shows! James pays great attention to the smallest details, to make improvements to your handling. 

Places will be limited. Bookings will be taken in February 2020.

Minor Breeds Team Test

13 June 2020
Upper Shadymoor Farm, Stapleton, Shrewsbury

This is a friendly annual team event, where teams of Chesapeakes, Curlycoats, Flatcoats, Irish Water Spaniels and Tollers compete against each other. It has been running for a number of years now, and is always a hotly contested but fun day. The breeds take it in turns to host the event, and in 2020 the Curlycoated Retriever Club will be hosting. 

CBRC Championship and Open Shows 2020

Championship Show – Judge: Mr Jeff Horswell
Open Show – Judge: Mr David Bell

12 July 2020
Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks

The Open Show follows the Championship Show. Schedules will be sent out to all 2019 exhibitors. Others will be able to request a schedule from Caroline, or download a schedule from Fosse Data. You can enter both shows onlineFor more info, contact Show Secretary Caroline Griffin-Woods on 01469 576882 or email 

United Retriever Club Working Test for Minor Retriever Breeds 2020

Judges: Mr N Coates, Mr G Stanley, Mrs F Prentice
18 July 2020
Ash Farm, Ingleby, Stanton-by-Bridge DE73 7HW 

The URC will once again be hosting a day of working tests for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, following the very successful event the URC held last year. 

You can download a schedule and entry form here. If you have any further questions, please contact Lorne Kentish (see schedule for Lorne’s contact details).

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