Dates: April 2 & 3, 2017
Closing Date: March 8,2017
Location: Harford County Equestrian Center (HCEC)
608 North Toll Gate Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
Judges: Conformation - Mrs. Gayle Bontecou, Gayleward Scottish Deerhounds
Sweeps - Ms. Berne Smith, St. Leger Irish Wolfhounds
Obedience - Mr. Frank Cardillino
Rally - Ms. Carol Heisterhagen
The 2017 show will be held in the same, grassy and level, location at the Harford County Equestrian Center, as where the 2016 Show was held at.
Click here for marked catalog for 2017 Specialty Show.
2017 Specialty Show Photos
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 - No entries
Brace Best Head
High In Trial
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
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 2 and 3 in 2017, pending AKC approval) 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 2,2017, 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 Monday afternoon.
The obedience trials, which start about 8 a.m. on Sunday, 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. Rooms will be released on Feb. 28, 2015.
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. Rooms will be released on Feb. 28, 2015.