I just want to thank everyone for their nice and respectful responses. Carmspack, I would love to take you up on that offer! Just send me a PM with the details and such, please. I'm very much well aware that to do this the right way it's going to involve a lot of work (blood, sweat and tears) but I'm completely prepared and ready for that. I'll do what I can within reason of my work schedule and between taking care of my own dogs, that's for sure. I'm definitely going to start going around to different venues, etc and seeing what catches my eye and maybe talking to some people that own the dogs that catch my eye.
Another question. Since Shutzhund is the end all be all of GSD's so to speak, are conformation breeders generally frowned upon? I'm not talking about the extreme conformation like the "frog dogs" you see in the famed youtube video comparing the dogs of the past to the show ring dogs now with extreme angulation in the rear. That's taking some things to the extreme. However, there are some UKC conformation competitor dogs that doesn't look too bad as far as the rear angulation and such goes. What are everyone's thoughts on using the UKC?