2021 Specialty Show Information
The 2021 PVIWC Specialty Shows back to back specialties.
Dates: April 3 to April 5, 2021
Closing Date: TBD
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 - 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.
Heart testing will be performed on Saturday April 3. EKG's only will be performed on Sunday and Monday April 4 and 5.
On Sunday and Monday, since we won’t have a cardiologist, we usually ask for a smaller donation, about $20/dog. EKGs on Sunday and Monday. The suggested donations will come up on the registration form if they use the one that includes a donation.
"Heart testing requires preregistration https://www.iwfoundation.org/s creening-clinics and enrollment in the IWF Life Cycle Study.
Costs are partially covered by donations to the Irish Wolfhound Foundation. Suggested donations $175 for Echo and EKG dogs aged up to 7 years, $100 for dogs over 8 or affected with atrial fibrillation. Suggested donation for EKG and auscultation only is $60 on Saturday. Proceeds go towards paying the cardiologists. Dogs younger than two are eligible for testing and/or enrollment in the study.
Depending on the pandemic situation, COVID restrictions may apply.
For additional information on the Life Cycle Study see https://www.iwfoundation.o rg/studies/life-cycle-study-II "
Frances Abrams, PhD, Research Liaison
Irish Wolfhound Foundation
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: March 31 and April 1 in 2019) 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.
**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.