2007 ACC National Specialty
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Historic DVD-FC Skipper
Bob & DC Sodak's Gypsy Prince
An exciting find on eBay, this previously unknown film* on the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was made in 1936. The setting is Long Island NY-the beach is at Montauk, just down the road from the Amagansett home of Harry Conklin. Long Island NY played an important role in the development of the breed and was a hotbed of Chesapeake breeding in the 1930's. It was also the birthplace of retriever field trials.
Found in time for this year's 200th Anniversary of the breed, we are given the wonderful and nearly unbelievable opportunity to see two of the breed's most significant dogs in the flesh! Through research in AKC breeding records, books and magazines of the 30's, comparison to historic photographs and Ethel Osborne's recollection that the two dogs appeared in some "cute" film on the breed, we can be 99% certain that two "rivals' of the story line are FC Skipper Bob/Harry Conklin & DC Sodak's Gypsy Prince/Tony Bliss ! While the narration is a "story" about the breed, it is known that Harry Conklin was a fisherman and sometimes called Skipper Bob "Captain". Photos available of Tony Bliss & Harry Conklin match the men in the film. The kennel scene is similar to a view of the Chesacroft kennel seen in ads. The field trial scenes maybe from another movie known to have been made but lost. If you listen closely as the trophy is handed out, you will hear the judge say "congratulations Harry".
In the film, "Captain Jack" is FC Skipper Bob and he is often seen in photos standing with one leg raised. "Sea King" is DC Sodak's Gypsy Prince. The other dogs are unknown and the litter and bitch is possibly Chesacroft Gypsy and her litter whelped 4/1/1936 sired by FC Skipper Bob.
FC Skipper Bob was the FIRST retriever (any breed) to become a FC; DC Sodak's Gypsy Prince was the FIRST retriever (any breed) to become a DC. This DVD makes a special addition to any Chesapeake lover's collection!
Much thanks to Joanne Silver for spotting this unknown film on eBay and the ACC for being willing to buy such an unknown entity! It is a historic gem.
Cost and Ordering Information:
ACC 200th Anniversary Print - Now Available!
200TH ANNIVERSARY PRINT (click on this link to order)
Published from an Original Watercolor by Michael Steddum
There will be only 100 of these prints ever made.
The print will be shipped via United States Postal Service, Priority Mail. This means you will have your art in 1-4 days in the US. The print will be Air Mailed to all other parts of the globe. All prints are shipped flat and are very well protected.
A New Chesapeake Bay Retriever Print. This Limited Edition 200th Anniversary print is of CH Sasnakra Sassy CD*** (Ginger Buck x Lake Andes Lassie).
Sassy was whelped on June 2, 1945 and was bred by Charles Morgan. She was first owned by Earl Ward, and later by Eloise Heller (Cherry). She was the dam of three field titlists.
Today Sassy graces the ACC Logo and ACC Medallions. (ACC Bulletin Jan/Feb 2007)
Prints will be sold on a first come first serve basis and once they are sold out, there will never be another printing.
AUCTIONS! AUCTIONS!! AUCTIONS!!!
Each year one of the most successful fundraisers for the NSS is the auction. It's an opportunity for CBR lovers to help support the Show through donations and purchases, and this year is no different. There will be a silent auction and a live auction offered in Colorado Springs. Several very nice items have already been donated, including, jewelry, original art works and signed prints, BUT, we need MORE auction items! From a value of $5 to $5000, if you have anything that you would like to donate for these auctions, please send them in now.
A fun and popular item for auction has been the State Basket, so those of you outside of Colorado, we challenge you to show us what your state is about…give us your best, and in doing so, help the auction to be a success!
Unless you are bringing them with you to Colorado, all items need to be sent in as early as possible to:
Renee Wolfe, Auctions
American Chesapeake Club FUNDRAISER DRAWING!
1. Alaska Cruise for two plus $500 cash. Offered by Princess Cruises, Accent Tours and the ACC NSS committee - The winner will set their travel dates (2008) and be responsible for getting to Seattle ($500 can be used for travel expense). This cruise will be a 7 night round trip and sails from Seattle. The ACC is offering a basic cruise package; any optional upgrades will be at the winner's expense. Valid passports are required.
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-2006 Shotgun of the Year
Tickets on sale now! $25 each or 5 for $100 - For more information or to purchase tickets call 719-251-4352 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Funds raised from this event go to the American Chesapeake Club to support the National Specialty Show to be held in Colorado Springs, September 2007.
WD/X/Q Fundraiser Drawing
Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.