I think Jeff has higher drive dogs if I understood correctly, I talked to him and both NadarK9. I think I'm going to go with Nadar because they seem to have lower drive dogs that would fit more comfortably in my home.
I too, have recently purchased a female GSD from Appleridge Kennels and have found Annette to be very easy to work with, remarkably vested in her lines and she has worked very hard to pair me with the right dog for my needs. Not only does she breed and has done so for a great number of years, but she trains and competes regularly. I have visited the kennel and training facility and been most pleased. I, like ToxinShep, have had additional training prior to taking the dog home (first week of October). I think the drive is worth it. It has been worth it for me (3.5 hours). Good luck!