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 the latest government guidelines regarding staying at home and restricting social contact, forthcoming club events may be cancelled or postponed. It is a rapidly changing situation, with no known timescale. 

Please see information for each event below, and continue to check this page for updated information regarding 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 – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • 3 May 2020 – CBRC Spring Working Test – CANCELLED
  • 31 May 2020 – CBRC Show Handling Workshop for Chesapeakes – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
  • 13 June 2020 – Minor Breeds Team Working Test – CANCELLED
  • 12 July 2020 – CBRC Championship and Open Shows – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • 18 July 2020 – URC Gundog Working Test for Minor Retriever Breeds – CANCELLED
  • May 2021 – CBRC Spring Working Test
  • 4 July 2021 – CBRC Championship and Open Shows

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

The CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests are designed to demonstrate the dogs’ natural retrieving abilities in a non-competitive way. It was first run in 2019 and was a great success. The plan was to hold it in Rogate, West Sussex. If it is possible to rearrange it for later in the year, we will do.

CBRC Spring Working Test 2020

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

Leighton Hall Estate, Shropshire

Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, those who were looking forward to attending the test in Shropshire need not despair! We will be holding the Spring Working Test 2021 at this same venue, and the judges have kindly agreed to judge next year instead.

Show Handling Workshop for Chesapeakes


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.

We hope that this popular event may take place later in 2020. Please check this page for updates. 


Minor Breeds Team Test

13 June 2020 – CANCELLED
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. 

The 2020 Minor Breeds Test has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Curlycoated Retriever Club will be hosting the event in 2021, when the minor breeds will battle it out once more.

CBRC Championship and Open Shows 2020

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

12 July 2020 – POSTPONED
Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club has taken the difficult decision to postpone the Championship and Open shows to be held on 12 July 2020 at Bretford. It was felt that given the ongoing Covid-19 situation, it was in the best interests of all those involved. The Club is working on possible plans to hold the 2020 show in 2021.

For 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 – CANCELLED
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).