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

  • 26-27 March 2022 – CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests, Cumbria
  • 10 April 2022 – Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club AGM (including slides of historical photos)
  • 15 May 2022 – CBRC Spring Working Test, East Sussex
  • 11 June 2022 – Minor Breeds WT, Shropshire
  • 17 July 2022 – Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club Championship and Open Shows
  • 22-23 April 2023 – CBRC Championship and Open Shows, Breed Appreciation Day, KC Building, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
  • 30-31 March 2024 – CBRC Breed Appreciation Day, Championship and Open Shows, KC Building, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

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

10 April 2022 

10.30 am for an 11.00 am start

Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks CV23 0JZ  

Following the meeting, there will be an interesting photographic presentation about the history of the breed for everyone to see on the day.

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. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.


CBRC Spring Working Test 2022

15 May 2022

Judges: Paula Graystone and Alistair House

Gardeners Farm Campsite, Ashburnham, Battle, East Sussex
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There is camping available for club members at this venue. Please read all of the details thoroughly before completing your entry form. You can download the details and entry form below. 

Closing date for entries is 4 May 2022.

Minor Breeds Team Working Test

11 June 2022

Upper Shadymoor Farm, Stapleton, Dorrington, Shrewsbury

This is an annual event where teams of minor retriever breeds compete against each other in a friendly working test. A team of 3 Chesapeakes will compete against teams of Irish Water Spaniels, Flatcoats, Curlycoats and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers. The Chesapeake team will be selected by the CBRC’s Acting WT Secretary, Mark Straw. 

CBRC Championship and Open Shows 2022

17 July 2022

Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks

The Club will hold its annual championship show and open show on 17 July 2022. The Championship Show judge is Chris Bexon, and the Open Show judge is Lauren Gilder. 

There will also be some Special Awards classes held during the lunch break, judged by Richard Stafford. These are a little extra fun for you to take part in, with an entry fee of £1. 

Entries close on 19 June 2022 so don’t forget to get your entries in. Entries are all online. Click on the links below to go to Fosse Data for the schedules and entry forms.

CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests

26/27 March 2022

Judges: Claudia Atkinson & Paul Dixon
Kitridding Farm, nr Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2QA

There will be a CBRC Working Chesapeake Test on Sun 27 March 2022, with a training session 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.

Please ensure you are familiar with what the tests entail before arriving on the day. They are not like a working test, and have different rules. The Working Chesapeake Tests are similar each time they are run, and you will need to know what is expected of you and your dog. Please read the Notes for Handlers, which gives descriptions of the tests. You can download the information below.