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

Chesapeake events – at a glance

  • 9-10 Oct 2021 – CBRC Working weekend – training day and CBRC Autumn Working Test
  • 27 Nov 2021 – Virtual Breed Appreciation Day with Multiple-Choice Examination
  • 13 March 2022 – Crufts Dog Show – Gundog Day (with Chessies in Discover Dogs on all four days)
  • 26/27 March 2022 – CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests, Cumbria
  • 10 April 2022 – Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club AGM
  • 17 July 2022 – Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club Championship and Open Shows

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

10 April 2022 

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 2021 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 Working Chesapeake Tests

26/27 March 2022

Underbarrow, near Kendal, Cumbria

There will be a CBRC Working Chesapeake Test on Sun 27 March 2022, with a practice day on Sat 26 March. It is open to all Club members. The WCT is a pass/fail test, not a competition. 

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 can be downloaded below. 

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

Judges: Mr Steve Burns & Mr Mike Pilling

Venue: Upper Barnbow Farm, Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds, West Yorkshire
with kind permission of Mr Andrew and Mrs Diane Nicholls

This event will be open to all club members. You can download an entry form below. 

There will be a training day on Saturday 9 October, and the working test will be on Sunday 10 October. For more information about both the training day and the working test, please download the Autumn WT Information below. 

Working Test entries close 3 October 2021. 

CBRC Championship and Open Shows 2021

3-4 July 2021

The CBRC held four breed shows over the weekend of 3-4 July 2021, at Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks. It was a fabulous weekend. There will be a full report in the next Chat. You can also see the results and judges’ reports on the Shows page. 

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.



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.