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.
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
Amateur Owner Handler Dogs Amateur Owner Handler Bitches
High In Trial CDX
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.
Note from PVIWC president.
**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.**
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.
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
*This facility is adjacent to the busy El Rodeo Mexican Bar & Grill
Merit Hotel (formerly the Clarion Hotel)
980 Hospitality Way, Aberdeen, MD 21001
Rooms at $124 per night. Pet fee is $25.
Ramada Edgewood Hotel and Conference Center
1700 Van Bibber Rd., Edgewood, MD 21040
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.