2007 ACC National Specialty
September 12-15, 2007
Colorado Springs, CO

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Historic DVD-FC Skipper Bob & DC Sodak's Gypsy Prince
The History of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever 1936

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.

Dyane Baldwin
Former ACC Historian

  • Searching Skibo Production company film records-there is no listing for this film


Cost and Ordering Information:

$15 DVD
$3.00 S/H  USA  and Canada
$18.00  Total  

$15 DVD
$5.00 S/H  Europe
$20.00  Total Europe


Payable: ACC
Order: Joanne Silver
ACC Historian
412 Woodbury Dr
Wyckoff, NJ  07481



ACC  200th Anniversary Print - Now Available!


200TH ANNIVERSARY PRINT (click on this link to order)

Published from an Original Watercolor by Michael Steddum
Image Size 8 1/2" x 12"
Print Size 11" x 14"
100 Signed & Numbered Prints
Cost: $60.00

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.




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
3014 Morris, Pueblo, CO  81008

akcomidogs@comcast.net - 719-251-4352



American Chesapeake Club FUNDRAISER DRAWING!

1Alaska 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.

2.  BERETTA A391 XTREMA2 -2006 Shotgun of the Year
This superb auto-loading shotgun was designed and built to reliably function 2-3/4" 1 oz. 3 dram eq. loads through brutal 3-1/2" magnum loads — interchangeably if you so desire. The Xtrema2 has more recoil reduction features than ANY other shotgun on the planet! Let's count them:

  • Gas operation with recoil reduction that no inertia operated shotgun can ever match. The Beretta gas system is considered to be the best in the world. The gas system is completely self-contained with no loose inertia springs or o-rings to lose while field-stripping.

  • Elastomer bolt damper to lessen the impact of the bolt and minimize the recoil signature.

  • Beretta's Optima-bore over-bored barrel to minimize recoil and optimize pattern efficiency.

  • Beretta's competition-proven spring/mass recoil reducer located in the stock grip (included in standard and KO models). This feature minimizes the recoil felt at the shooter's face and shoulder, in addition to improving acquisition of follow-up shots.

  • Beretta's Gel-Tek recoil pad to evenly distribute recoil over the entire surface of the pad.

Tickets on sale now!  $25 each or 5 for $100 - For more information or to purchase tickets call 719-251-4352 or e-mail akcomidogs@comcast.net

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 

1st Prize is
Bumper Boy Sportsman Two Launcher, msrp:$510.00
2nd Prize is a Tri-Tronics Sport Combo G3 E-Collar, msrp: $299.00

Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. 
Contact: Susie Royer,


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