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 Chesapeake Working Certificates, 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
  • 29-31 July 2022 – Game Fair, Ragley Hall, Warks
  • 25 Sept 2022 – CBRC Autumn Working Test, near Buxton, Derbyshire
  • 22-23 April 2023 – CBRC Championship and Open Shows, Breed Appreciation Day, KC Building, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
  • 6 August 2023 – CBRC Open Show, to be held at National Gundog Champ Show, Malvern 
  • 30-31 March 2024 – CBRC Breed Appreciation Day, Championship and Open Shows, KC Building, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire


CBRC Autumn Working Test 2022

The Autumn WT will be held at Roanlodge Gundog Training Centre, near Buxton, Derbyshire 

Sunday 25 September 2022

Judges: Mrs Elaine Whittaker and Mr Malcolm Peacock 

Download details and an entry form here. Closing date for entries: 18 September

CBRC Championship and Open Shows 2022

17 July 2022

Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks

The Club held its annual championship show and open show on 17 July 2022. The Championship Show judge was Chris Bexon, and the Open Show judge Lauren Gilder. Special Awards classes during the lunchbreak were judged by Richard Stafford

Please see the Shows page for results and judges’ reports. Complete reports will be given in the next yearbook.  
The Game Fair

The UK’s biggest celebration of the Great British Countryside is back at Ragley Hall on 29-31 July, and you could be there by taking advantage of the special ticket offer that The Game Fair have offered CBRC members.

Grab day tickets for £25* (£10.00 off the Gate Price) by visiting quoting the promo code at the checkout. (Contact Molly Barker for the promo code.)

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 28 July 2022. A transaction fee applies.

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 Spring Working Test 2022

The Spring WT was held Ashburnham, Battle, East Sussex on 15 May 2022. 

Judges were Paula Graystone and Alistair House. 

Results were as follows:

PUPPY (1 ran)
1.  Lisa Murch and Next Generations Arnac Arctic Storm

BEGINNER (9 ran)
1. Peter Clark and Arnac Bay Ibis 
2. Sue Worrall and Arnac Bay Inca 
3. Richard Playle and Riptide Decoy Duck 
4. Joy Middleton and Sh Ch Arnac Bay Hebe

1. Lisa Murch and Franeo Original Long Gunner at Pixiesrock 
2. Vincent Acheson and Arnac Bay Grouse of Eastering 
3. Richard Playle and Arnac Bay Grebe with Riptide

Judges’ Choice was Lisa Murch’s Franeo Original Long Gunner at Pixiesrock


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 Chesapeake Working Certificates 2022

The CBRC Chesapeake Working Certificates event was held on Sun 27 March 2022 at Kitridding Farm, nr Kirkby Lonsdale, CumbriaJudges were Claudia Atkinson and Paul Dixon


Kevin Amaira’s Petsalls Canuck

Mary Murray’s Ir Ch Riverrun Everybody’s Friend


 Mary Murray’s Ir Ch Riverrun Everybody’s Friend


CBRC Chesapeake Working Certificates

The Chesapeake Working Certificates (CWC) 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. They are not like a working test, and have different rules. The Chesapeake Working Certificates 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.