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 this year. 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

  • 8-9 August 2020 – CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests
  • 28 Feb 2021 – CBRC AGM
  • May 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

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. 

CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests

8-9 August 2020 
The CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests are going to be run in August 2020 in Rogate, West Sussex. There will be a training day with Jason Mayhew and Anna Sole on the Saturday, with the WCTs being run on the Sunday. The event will be run under government guidelines for Covid-19. Numbers attending will be limited. We usually welcome spectators, but on this occasion, spectators will be limited to those travelling to the event with competitors.

These tests are designed to demonstrate the dogs’ natural retrieving abilities in a non-competitive way. They were first run in 2019 and the event was a great success. It is open to all members of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club. As numbers attending are limited, please get your entries in early!

For further information, please contact the WCT Co-ordinator, Chrissie Mayhew, by emailing

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

28 February 2021
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 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.

CBRC Spring Working Test 2021

Judges: Mr Warren Jones and Mr Mervyn Dixon
May 2020 (date to be confirmed)

Leighton Hall Estate, Shropshire

CBRC Championship and Open Shows 2021

3-4 July 2021

Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks

Not surprisingly, due to COVID-19, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club’s Championship and Open Shows in 2020 had to be cancelled. However, to make up for it, next year 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!

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