Belvidere couple takes champion Wheaten to Westminster

GCH Bryr Rose Phoenix Rising, "Ash"

By Shane Nicholson
Managing Editor

Kent and Gwen Meyer, owners of Meyer’s Tails Up Farm in Belvidere, are travelling to New York to compete in the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The Meyers will be showing “Ash,” GCH Bryr Rose Phoenix Rising, a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, in breed competition over the weekend as part of Westminster’s confirmation program.

Ash claimed top prize this past October at the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America’s National Specialty, part of the annual Montgomery County Kennel Club series of shows.

He is owned by Carolyn Garrett of San Antonio, Texas.

“Ash is a very nice Soft Coated Wheaten,” says Reita Nicholson, local owner and breeder of AKC and UKC champion Kerry Blue Terriers.

“He exemplifies the breed standard with a beautiful coat and great movement.

“Kent and Gwen always show him to his best and he should be a very good contender in the breed and group ring at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.”

Westminster is the second longest running sporting competition in the U.S. behind the Kentucky Derby.

Terriers have dominated the competition since the Best in Show prize began in 1907, claiming 46 awards including the 2014 show.

If Ash takes the prize for top Wheatens he will compete in the Terrier Group program on Tuesday night.

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Photo courtesy Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America. | @ofvoid

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