For those wanting to know more about Chesapeake Bay Retrievers in the UK
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club has been bringing British Chesapeake enthusiasts together since 1983. The Club holds two gundog working tests each year, as well as a championship show. Other events include obedience workshops, dog and gun days, training days and breed seminars. Members are kept informed of Club news via a magazine - the Chessie Chat - which is sent out three times a year.
The club show is usually held in the Midlands, while the working tests move around the UK. We have held tests in Hampshire, on the marshes of the Essex coastline, in South Wales and in the Angus Glens of Scotland - plus many locations in between! As members may be travelling a long way to take part in the working tests, we often make a weekend of it. It's good to get together with other brown dogs and their owners.
Most people who have lived with a Chesapeake will usually consider having no other breed. If you are reading this, maybe you are trying to work out whether a Chesapeake is right for you. This website will hopefully help you to decide. We will give you some basic information about the breed, and list some events where you can meet Chesapeakes and talk to their owners.
The Autumn Working Test is going to be held in the south of England, near Petworth in East Sussex. There will also be a CBRC training day the same weekend, at a venue just half an hour from the test, at Trotton, near Petersfield. Come and join in the fun! Spectators are welcome too, especially if you don't mind throwing a dummy or two! For more details, see the Events page.
There are currently two Chesapeakes in an RSPCA shelter in Suffolk. They are both young dogs but need experienced owners. For more information, see the Finding a CBR page.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club held its Championship Show on 21 July 2013, judged by Mr Frank Whyte. This was followed in the afternoon by the Club's Limit Show, judged by Mrs Tilly Thomas. Full reports will appear in the next issue of the Chessie Chat. Until then, here are a couple of photos of the main winners.
From left to right: Best in Show, Janet Morris's Ch/Swe Ch Penrose Jack Tar; Reserve Best in Show, Des and Mary Murray's Ir Sh Ch Riverrun Agus Avic; Judge Mr Frank Whyte; Best Opposite Sex, Des and Mary Murray's Riverrun Caution to the Wind; Best Puppy, Janet Morris's Penrose Xtra Fizz; and Best Veteran, Des and Mary Murray's Ch/Ir Ch/ Sh Ch/ Int Ch Penrose Nomad.
From left to right: Best in Show, Des and Mary Murray's Riverrun Away in a Hack; Reserve Best in Show, Peter Milner's Polotter Pickled Piper; Judge Mrs Tilly Thomas; Best Opposite Sex, Roly Hoare's Arnac Bay Brave (handled by Gina Downin); and Best Veteran, Gemma Price's Nunneyswood Pure Harmony.
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Kirsty Watts has compiled a list of shows that usually have Chesapeake classes, which you can download here.
There are a few team events each year where we are invited to run a team of Chesapeakes in inter-breed working tests. If you would like your dog to be considered for the team, please contact Jason Mayhew on 07808 518000.
We also get asked to have Chesapeakes available in the Discover Dogs section of Crufts, KC events and at various game fairs each year. If you have a friendly dog that enjoys being patted by the public all day long, and you would like to play your part in representing the breed, please get in touch with Molly Barker (01427 890578 or firstname.lastname@example.org). She is always looking for volunteers!
Mark Greenhough, Wildfowling Officer for BASC, and his Chesapeake Echo star in a second BASC film, this time an introduction to wildfowling. An Introduction to Wildfowling appears on the BASC homepage: www.basc.org.uk.
Mark Greenhough's Echo is the star of BASC's latest online video. The Long Retrieve features Echo retrieving a mallard across the Dee Estuary. It appears on the BASC homepage: www.basc.org.uk.
Copies of test certificates issued by OFA are now sent directly to the KC, where the test result will be added to the dog's details on the registration database. This will trigger the publication of the test result in the next available Breed Records Supplement. The result will also appear on any new registration certificate issued for the dog and on the registration certificates of any future progeny of the dog. It will be available via the KC's health test result finder.