PVIWC 2024 Specialty Shows
Dates: March 31 - April 1, 2023
Closing Date: TBD
Location: Harford County Equestrian Center (HCEC)
608 North Toll Gate Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
Judges*: Conformation Sunday - Jocelyne Gagne, Starkeeper
Conformation Monday - Barb Arndt (Panacea, Canada)
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!
More info coming soon!
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 from our esteemed photographer Mark Berry are available on his website: Link
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) 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.
Download 2023 Premium here.
**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.**
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.