The dynamics of the breed are again changing in the US. For the past few years the German Import was suppressed as the euro exchange rate and overall US economy had an effect on Importing. I'm not sure the US economy has rebounded but there have been some dips in the exchange rates that created opportunities for the US to compete with other countries for some of the top specimens.
This year we see a return to the level of competition and quality that existed a decade ago with some twists. I recall the 2002 USA sieger show where the females on the podium were all top 15 V rated at the German Sieger Show. This year should be no different. There are many more Imports this year compared to last. I think I've picked out a German VA female, top 10 V, and two in the top 30 V that were top 15 SG at the German Sieger Show. There are also some accomplished North American bred females that will be peppered throughout the class. It's going to be a competitive class and the competitors are going to have to bring their A game to the show.