General Information


PVIWC 2024 Specialty Shows 

Dates:       March 31 - April 1, 2024   

Closing Date: TBD        

Location: Harford County Equestrian Center (HCEC)   

               608 North Toll Gate Road

                Bel Air, MD 21014

Judges*: Conformation Sunday         Barb Arndt (Panacea, Canada)

             Conformation Monday            - Jocelyne Gagne, Starkeeper

            Sweeps (Sunday only)            - Donna Smith, Taliesin

            OB/Rally (Monday only)          - Jean Nocilly

*Pending AKC approval

Sponsorships of rosettes, trophies, class placements and mementoes are available! 

2024 Premium

2024 Judging Program

Ramada Inn Welcome letter


Show Photos:  



The 2024 shows will be held in the same, grassy and level, location at the Harford County Equestrian Center, as it has been the last few years.


Please note Specialty Show 2023 updates:

Download 2023 Marked Catalog here.

Download Sweeps Judges Critique here.

Download Sweeps Judges Comments here.

Download April 2 Judges Critique here.

Download April 3 Judges Critique here.


Show Photos

Show photos from our esteemed photographer Mark Berry are available on his website: Link



2019 Specialty Show Photos 

2019 Specialty Show Photos


Specialty Results

Puppy, 6 to 9 Months Dogs                                Puppy, 6 to 9 Months Bitches

Puppy, 9 to 12 Months Dogs                               Puppy, 9 to 12 Months Bitches

12 to 15 Months Dogs                                       12 to 15 Months Bitches

15 to 18 Months Dogs                                       15 to 18 Months Bitches

Novice Dogs                                                      Novice Bitches

Amateur Owner Handler Dogs                             Amateur Owner Handler Bitches

Bred By Exhibitor Dogs                                      Bred By Exhibitor Bitches

American Bred Dogs                                          American Bred Bitches

Open Dogs                                                        Open Bitches

Winner's Dog                                                   Winner's Bitch

Reserve Winner's Dog                                      Reserve Winner's Bitch

Veteran Dogs                                                   Veteran Bitches

Best Of Breed                                                   Select Dog

Best Of Opposite                                             Select Bitch

Best Of Winners                                                Award Of Merit

Best Puppy                                                       Best Bred By Exhibitor

Stud Dog                                                         Brood Bitches

Brace                                                              Best Veteran

Best Head

Obedience Trial

High In Trial                                                      CDX                                                   

Sweepstakes Results

6 to 9 month Puppy Dog Sweepstakes                6 to 9 Month Puppy Bitch Sweepstakes

9 to 12 Month Dog Sweepstakes                        9 to 12 Month Bitch Sweepstakes

12 to 15 Month Dog Sweepstakes                      12 to 15 Month Bitch Sweepstakes

15 to 18 Month Dog Sweepstakes                      15 to 18 Month Bitch Sweepstakes

Best in Sweepstakes                                         Best Opposite in Sweepstakes


Rally Competition




The Potomac Valley Irish Wolfhound Club's annual Specialty is held around the end of March or beginning of April (specifically, starting on Sunday of the 13th weekend of the year) in Maryland. We host hundreds of wolfhounds and their people every year, so come on down and join us!

There is a lot of enjoyment to be found in spectating with so many hounds of all ages to admire. There will be an information table, raffles with wonderful prizes, and the opportunity to chat with fellow IW enthusiasts.

There is also enjoyment in having the show program and matching up hounds with their owners/breeders and getting a feel for who is doing what in the breed. It's a wonderful opportunity to get to know other wolfhound fanciers, too.

If you are not on our Specialty Premium mailing list - please email our show secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your postal mailing address.


Download 2023 Premium here.


If you are interested in sponsoring trophies, mementos, and/or ribbons, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your inquiries.

**A PVIWC meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 2023, immediately following the conclusion of Day One's judging at the Armband Table (aka the ring entrance). The purpose of this meeting is to conduct necessary club business.**


General Information

Puppy Sweepstakes:
The puppy sweepstakes are divided into age groups and gender, 6-9 months; 9-12 months, 12-15 months, 15-18 months. The sweepstakes are in addition to the regular class conformation judging, and there is an extra enjoyment just in seeing what babies look like and how they behave. Sweeps start early Sunday morning in the main show ring.

Regular Classes:
After all the puppy sweeps judging is done, regular classes of conformation begin (dogs, then bitches) - this usually goes until about 3 or 4 every afternoon both days, culminating in the Best of Breed on Sunday and Monday afternoon.

The obedience trials, which start about 8 a.m. on Saturday, are wonderful to see - some hounds so very focused, some really struggling to get the concept together, all very enjoyable for spectators (there is a great need for well-behaved spectating here). The participants are happy to have lots of support.


Motel 6 Edgewood
1709 Edgewood Rd., Edgewood, MD 21040
(410) 679-9700
*This facility is adjacent to the busy El Rodeo Mexican Bar & Grill

Merit Hotel  (formerly the Clarion Hotel)
980 Hospitality Way, Aberdeen, MD 21001
(410) 273-6300
Rooms at $124 per night. Pet fee is $25.

Ramada Edgewood Hotel and Conference Center
1700 Van Bibber Rd., Edgewood, MD 21040
(410) 679-0770
All rooms are exterior corridor.  Rooms at $69.95 plus tax per night for up to 4 people per room. Pet fee is $12.50 per night. Please mention Potomac Valley Irish Wolfhound Club when reserving to get this rate.