I take it he is not someone you would train with? The only reason I ask is because there aren't many GSD's in Ring, so I like it when I see them. What dogs do you train for it?
Rick is not my type when it comes to training. My helper has a Shepherd that I'm fond of. He's training for his brevet currently and would be ready soon if his dad would put a muzzle heel on him. He's a bit dirty but I like a little fight in my dogs.
I have three dogs I'm working but I'm only working two of them pretty seriously. My male Doberman, Brody, has been ready for his ring 1 for a long time but he's been very dirty and it's taken me along time to clean him up. We may attempt a level two if I can ever trial and pass at one but he suffered an injury last year that may prevent him from competing. As long as he seems to be doing fine I am determined to get his level one. He deserves it. He was born to play the game but I got him at a year and a half from someone who was very inconsistent in his obedience training and caused some issues. Between that and our lack of people to train with I've let him down. He easily could have been a level three dog. Which for a Doberman is difficult to find.
Kimber is my female Doberman and she's been plagued by a host of health issues that has only served to slow us down even more than a lack of help has. She too has the desire to play the game but will be limited to only a brevet or maybe a ring one if her health holds up. I'm just taking it easy with her and if it happens great, if not I'm not going to stress over it. She's got the obedience part of it down pat and is a great learner who loves to work. But we're having some issues with the bitework.
Eve is my youngest Malinois and is a load of fun. She's a firery little dog with a lot of fight drive. I'm looking forward to trialing with her though it will be a while before she's ready.