2021 Specialty Show Information

The 2021 PVIWC Specialty Shows back to back specialties.

Dates:       April 3 to April 5, 2021     

Closing Date: March 8, 2021 midnight

Location: Harford County Equestrian Center (HCEC)   

               608 North Toll Gate Road

                Bel Air, MD 21014

Events prior to specialty (April 3rd) Obedience and Rally, straight track racing, and IWF heart testing(see note below).

Judges: Obedience         - Debra Barrows

            Rally                 - Debra Barrows

33rd Specialty (April 4th)

Judges: Conformation     Steve LeVan (Lismore)

            Sweeps               - Dawn Wiseman (Temair)

34th Specialty (April 5th)

Judges: Conformation     - Lisa Dube Forman replacing Dr. Frederic Maison (Grand Chien de Culann)

The 2021 show will be held in the same, grassy and level, location at the Harford County Equestrian Center, as it has been the last few years.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will only be offering heart testing on Saturday. HOWEVER:
1.  All dogs must sign up ahead of time.  They can complete the online forms (Iwfoundation.org) up to the night before or at least contact me and make sure their dog gets registered.  Bill will not have someone to handle the paperwork.
2.  Heart testing will not be offered on Sunday or Monday due to a lack of demand and equipment.   
Anyone with questions can contact me.
Frances Abrams
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Click here for the premium for the upcoming specialty.

Click here for the updated Judging program.

Click here for the entry forms.

Entries can be paid under the Donations page, and note what entries you are paying for.

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: April 4 and April 5 in 2021) 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. Also there is an information table, and a wonderful boutique with most things Irish Wolfhoundish, some not breed-specific, all very tempting and lovely, including items such as clothing, jewelry, wind chimes, door knockers, tote bags, ceramics, statues, prints, plaques, ornaments, and stationary as well as much, much more, for your shopping pleasure.

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.

Note from PVIWC president.

A message from the club president.
Dear friends, exhibitors, and anyone interested,
Due to restriction on travel because of COVID, Dr. Maison is unable to come to the US. Lisa Dube Foreman has graciously agreed to judge for us. Please contact Dan Martin, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) show secretary, if you need to cancel your entry. We will of course refund all fees.
For any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me!
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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 4, 2021, 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.