Gary Vlachos · Brenmoor Wheatens
Gary Vlachos began his career in Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers in 1978. At a time when Wheatens struggled for recognition in the group ring, Gary piloted his first Wheaten, AM CAN Ch Lontree’s Borstal Boy ROM (Brendan), to numerous group and specialty wins. Adding an all breed BIS to Brendan’s resume made Brendan the first owner-handled Wheaten to go BIS in the USA.
Building on a solid foundation, Gary has owner-handled his Wheatens under the Brenmoor prefix to the forefront nationally and internationally, with a small but qualitative breeding program. Gary and his partner (now husband) Bill Behan achieved three multiple all-breed BIS winners, beginning with the aforementioned Borstal Boy, his grandson CH Brenmoor’s Sparkplug, and Sparky’s grandson, CH Brenmoor’s Shampoo. All this is through the dam’s side of the pedigree. A feather in any breeder’s cap…
Since 1996, Gary has brought his experience and love of terriers to the judging venue. He’s judged the Swedish Terrier Club’s 100th Jubilee show and the Finnish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier National Specialty for 2003. In the US & Canada, Gary has judged the Skye Terrier National Specialty in 2003 & 2014, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Association of Canada National in 2007 & 2016, Del Val, Southern California, and Montgomery.
The pinnacle of any breeder-judge’s career is to be tasked by the membership to judge their National Specialty. The fact that our National is part of the greatest terrier show in the world, Montgomery County KC, makes it all the better! This is the third time I have had the privilege of this assignment. The first was in 2001 at the Ambler PA campus, again in 2011 at the Blue Bell location, and now in 2022, I am honored to judge the 50th anniversary of AKC recognition of our Breed at the new site of Memorial Park in Macungie PA.
While our location has changed over the years, our mission has not. We come together as a Club to celebrate our Breed, honor our Standard, and share our knowledge and experiences. To compete in the best sense of the word and to complain that the judge has no idea what they’re doing! I hope my credentials will assuage some of that notion. The beauty and the strength of our Breed is the fact that we all bring something different to the table. That’s what keeps the Breed moving forward.
In honor of the past and with an eye on the future, I am humbled and excited to be a part of this exciting celebration of our Breed and 50 years of AKC recognition!