We were so incredibly excited to see that Ron Marshall of southern Maryland and his American pit bull terrier, Marshall's RCA (aka Whitehead), took top honors in the SCH II competition at this year's DVG Nationals schutzhund competition. Check out the results for yourself here.
This is the first time an APBT has been on the podium at this event, so this is big news not just for Ron and Whitehead but for the breed as a whole. This sport is dominated by herding breeds, German shepherds in particular (the breed for which the sport was created). So you often find yourself fighting an uphill battle when you're out there competing with an "alternative" breed dog--It can be tough to find trainers and judges who'll take you seriously if you're handling a pit bull in particular.
Hopefully Ron's accomplishment will make an impression on people who don't think pit bulls can do the work--great job, Ron!