Meet Gwen Meyer
I met my first Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier in 1985 when I was competing in junior showmanship with my original breed Irish Setters. It was the day I met my future husband Kent Meyer who I was competing against, and he was showing the recently retired BIS CH. Marima’s Classical Jazz. He obviously won and was beautifully presented. Henry’s personality was fantastic. I was so taken with him I thought to myself if I ever got involved with another breed it would be a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. I acquired my first SCWT in 1992 from Kay Baird while I was still in college. For 10 years before becoming a professional handler I had the opportunity to apprentice under some very talented people to include Terrier experts Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine and Susan DePew. Kent and I began our handling careers in 1995 and over the years have had the honor of showing many great Wheatens to include winning our national four times to date and winning Terrier Group 4 at Westminster in 2019. I have bred Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers under the Reyem prefix and Kaylynn with Kay Baird since 1994. We have had the honor to show for so many amazing breeders and it’s been a privilege to be at the end of their dogs’ leads. The friends we have made around the world in this breed has always had one goal; bettering the breed. Kent and I believe strongly in a breeding program where the standard, temperament and health are the foundation of choices with none of the three being greater. As we start our judging career, this assignment will go down as one of my greatest honors judging the Montgomery County Kennel Club 2023 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier National Specialty.