2023 National Specialty

March 25th, 2023

Doswell Cluster Supported Entries

March 23, 24, & 26, 2023

The Meadow Event Park Pavilion

13191 Dawn Boulevard

Doswell, Virginia 23047

Our National Specialty Judge is the esteemed Professor Giovanni Morsiani, Bagnara di Romagna, Italia

We are also honored to have Dinora Venturi Morsiani from

Bagnara di Romagna, Italia, as our Sweepstakes Judge


Entries close on 08 March 2023 at Noon Eastern

(For all four shows in the cluster)

The Meadow Pavilion will be our “Ring” for the entire four days, with three days of Supported Entry and our National Specialty. 

The 6,984 total square-foot Meadow Pavilion is a multi-purpose facility bathed in light from its central skylight and sectional glass doors. It offers parking adjacent to the building, and the eight doors can be left open in warm weather.  This a heated venue with concrete floors. A large industrial fan provides excellent air circulation.

Hookup for 24 RVs is within 100 feet of the building. 

 About The Meadow Event Park:

Birthplace and home of Secretariat (March 30, 1970 – October 4, 1989), also known as Big Red, was a champion American thoroughbred racehorse, born at The Meadow, Doswell VA, who is the ninth winner of the American Triple Crown, setting and still holding the fastest time record in all three races. He is regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time. He became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and his record-breaking victory in the Belmont Stakes, which he won by 31 lengths, is widely regarded as one of the greatest races in history. During his racing career, he won five Eclipse Awards, including Horse of the Year honors at ages two and three. He was nominated to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1974. In the List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century, Secretariat is second only to Man o' War.  Audio Tour of Farm, https://www.youraudiotour.com/tours/1570/

Special Attraction

 To be awarded after Best of Breed.

The judge will select the winner of each from all the dogs presented to him (class and CH dogs). The club will provide the judge with cards that he gives to the dogs he wants to come back into the ring after Best of Breed and compete for the Three Special Awards.

       Best Head

       Best Coat

       Best Construction & Movement


There will be NO grooming inside the Pavilion (We would need to pay janitorial services if we groomed)

Grooming would be available at your RV, Auto, outside under popup, or inside the main show hall down the hill in the Day Crate section where electricity is available and just a short walk from the Pavilion.

Show & Go inside the Pavilion

Dog Bandanas

Ann Sweeting will make Italian Flag Dog Bandanas for each Lagotto attending the National Specialty that performs in Conformation or in any event.  She will embroider the dog’s “call name” on the bandana.  Fill out the form at trophy table for correct spelling.  (This example is from 2021.  The horseshoe logo to the right will be used in 2023)

Show Committee

Jim Talbert, Carolyn Talbert, Jean Davis-Barger, Kris Harner, Barry Wagner, Kathy Hollinger

 Show Volunteers To Date with more coming.  Thank you….

Adrienne Perry, Bradley Burkes, Denise Peters, Susan Couch, Tammy Vann, Hilarie Gibbs-Sykes, Jamie Soucie, Helga Reaves, Ann Sweeting, Noelene Shoemaker,

Board Decision by Vote Passed on 26 October 2022

Motion that because the Lagotto Romagnolo is a low entry breed, and because we have limited personnel working on the 2023 National Specialty, any Board Members, or member of the 2023 National Specialty Committee, may enter their dog(s) in the National Specialty.  

 Not part of this passed motion. It was observed at the Club Italiano Lagotto 2022 Raduno, with 271 entries, that the Board Members showed their own dogs in competition. 

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