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Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 16Updated : 12/04/2017

HOUSEBOUND for the first two weeks of summer, I was very pleased to receive the winter 2016 Chessie Chat. Producing such an interesting club magazine is never without the odd hiccup and keeping to deadlines is almost impossible. Our tenth anniversary championship show is now to be judged by John Thirlwell and not Chris Bexon...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 13Updated : 22/03/2017

IT IS HARD to believe that we have now had the pleasure of enjoying CCs for ten years. In those ten years, there have been quite a number of show champions and full champions. At Crufts this year, including Ch, Sh Ch and Int Champions there were 17 different champions, with another full champion made up on the day.  &n...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 10Updated : 01/03/2017

WELL DONE to Bev Matthias with GCHB Ch Chesabar’s Mr Doots Mason, bred by the late Patsy Barber. Doots did the double by winning BOB at Westminster, which followed his BOB and G4 at the Philadelphia Dog Show. Beverly said she would really love to bring Doots to Crufts, but a family wedding on the same weekend stops her...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 8Updated : 15/02/2017

AN ENTRY of 57 dogs at Crufts for Di Arrowsmith is another top entry equal to a few others of the same number. Mrs Arrowsmith last awarded CCs at the National in 2013. It will be nice to see those who only work their dogs or overseas visitors who only come to visit one dog show a year.      The Jan/Feb e...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 7Updated : 07/02/2017

A GOOD start to 2017 with news from Scandinavia that Penrose Ripple My Fancy (Fancy) is now a Swedish champion and Nordic winner 2016. Lent to Bjarne Sørenson in Denmark for the 2016/17 shooting season I was delighted that Bjarne was able to take her to some shows while she was there. Gaining her third CC, BOB and BIS...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 3Updated : 11/01/2017

NOW THAT one showing year is well and truly over and before the next one begins, it is a good time to reflect on who did what in 2016. Of the 13 ch shows awarding CCs our showing year starts at Crufts and finishes six months later. This could not be better for a working wildfowling breed like Chesapeakes.   &nbs...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 52Updated : 20/12/2016

I AM PLEASED to hear from those who enjoyed the last notes, including some mention of my last trip to America. There has been one lady who is very interested in importing a dog and another hoping to export a dog. Whether importing, exporting, travelling with or without your dogs or attending shows, trials etc it all comes do...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 49Updated : 30/11/2016

I HAVE travelled back and forth to the States for almost 35 years attending many ACC National Specialties and ACC National FT Specialties, all wonderfully well organised and exceedingly good events to attend.      This year when I was not able to attend the National I jumped at the invitation to go to ...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 44Updated : 27/10/2016

THE 2016 ACC National specialty show was this year held in Portland, Oregon. Stuart and I had planned to incorporate it into a holiday but unfortunately as usual other events over took. As all ACC specialties it spanned six days of events from Oct 4-9. There were no British bred dogs entered. However, Gina Downin and Thomas ...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 41Updated : 05/10/2016

THE MUCH awaited Chessie Chat has arrived professionally produced by Chat editor Sue Worrall. It makes interesting reading with reports, ads and many old and new health results. Two more Chats are promised this year.      Driffield is the last champ show in 2016 that offers Chesapeakes CCs. This year t...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 38Updated : 14/09/2016

SEPTEMBER/October BASC magazine arrived too late to take advantage of the Carmarthen Wildfowlers Annual Novice Retriever and Spaniel working tests, which were held at Stradey Castle, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The retriever novice test was won a few years ago by Uncle’s Sh Ch Arnac Bay Exe.      ...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 35Updated : 22/08/2016

TEN DAYS apart URC ch show followed NGA, both at the Three Counties showground in Malvern. Again there was good weather with a refreshing breeze. Before the results I must say it was nice to see BOB, BP and BV all stay for the BIS judging. Breed judge was Becky Johnson who received an entry of 16 with only one absent. Gainin...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 34Updated : 17/08/2016

AUGUST is the busiest month of all for shows with CCs on offer for the breed with four sets on offer.      The first set was at National Gundog, Jinty Gill-Davis awarded CCs for the first time and received an entry of 23. DCC and BOB was Uncle’s Sh Ch Arnac Bay Exe and RDCC Hoare’s Sh Ch Pe...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 32Updated : 03/08/2016

I WAS DELIGHTED to have been invited to Denmark to judge the WD, X and Q and also to train with many of those who came to last year’s meeting. The event was held near the home of ACC RD Bjarne Sorensen, who was also my co-judge. As anyone who has ever organised a WD will know the most important thing of all is the grou...

Retrievers, Chesapeake - week 27Updated : 29/06/2016

IT IS PLEASING to know that there have been several litters born in the first half of this year. Last year at least 19 bitches bred failed to produce puppies, resulting in less than 40 registrations for 2015. Let’s hope that with more imports bringing in outcross lines that our gene pool can expand.   &nbs...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 25Updated : 15/06/2016

BUSY TIMES, returning from another great trip to the US where we did a lot of looking and kennel visits. This time we managed to include a visit up to Lake Eire to Brian Kranz, who now has five Chessies including two Penrose bitches. Another day we spent with Ron Reed (Portside) and his training group of some 20 years. It wa...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retriever - week 23Updated : 01/06/2016

ACCIDENTS on the A1 and M6 going north on the Friday before SKC meant very long delays for many. At the first services passed the M6 holdup we were all glad to be able to have our dogs out for a break as were many other exhibitors, some travelling all the way from Cornwall. Spirits were high and everyone was glad they and th...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 20Updated : 10/05/2016

DISAPPOINTINGLY six dogs of the 19 entered at the National were absent. Chris Atkinson judged awarding BCC, her third, and BOB to Murray’s Ir Sh Ch Riverrun Caution To The Wind (Sugartrees Moosepond Gunner ex Ir Ch/Sh Ch Arnac Bay Winota) and RBCC to Morris’ Penrose Xtra Fizz.      DCC was...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 19Updated : 04/05/2016

INFORMATION I have been sent for Chesapeake and retriever club events on the Continent so far show that Norway, which does not have a separate Chesapeake Club, runs events as part of the Norwegian Retriever Club. There is no separate WD, X or Q planned but there are 12 Norwegian Retriever Club shows throughout the year and u...

Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay - week 14Updated : 30/03/2016

MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Caroline Parsons who celebrated her 50th birthday with friends and family over the Easter weekend. Caroline and Norman just have one Chessie, Nellie, at the moment. Norman said he will be out training Nellie and has found an eight-week training course for just £20 quite close to home.  &...

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