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This year President of the German KlM club, Dietrich Berning, will join us for the 2015 Oberländer-HZP. He will judge at the HZP tests, evaluate KlM participating in the Breed Show, offer Conformation Training and Puppy Training and be available to talk about a whole range of issues concerning our club, the German parent club, KlM International, and a host of other issues relevant to the global versatile hunting dog community.
Dietrich Berning, President of the Verband für Kleine Münsterländer
Dietrich Berning is President of both the Verband für Kleine Münsterländer, a club with over 5,000 members and 17 Landesgruppen (regional chapters), and the Verband für Kleine Münsterländer International. He is attending the Oberländer HZP for the first time as a “Verbandsrichter” and Conformation Judge. Mr. Berning will preside over the KlM Breed Show and offer a seminar for apprentices seeking accredition as KlM Conformation Judges.
Dietrich Berning successfully handled a versatile dog through the VJP, HZP and VGP for the first time in 1974 and has had a German hunting license since 1978. He became a member of the Verband für Kleine Münsterländer in 1989 and has held a variety of leadership posts in the club in the past 16 years. First, Mr. Berning was the Breed Warden of the KlM Landesgruppe Rheinland from 1996-2002 and then President of the Landesgruppe Rheinland from 1999-2015. At the national level, he has been Chairman of the Working Group “Training and Testing” from 2004-2010, Vice President from 2010-2012 before becoming President in 2012. Recently, he was also named President of KlM International.
Mr. Berning has been a „Verbandsrichter“ since 1991, a Conformation Judge since 1994, a Specialist Breed Judge (“Spezialzuchtrichter”) since 2004 and a Teaching Judge (“Lehrrichter”) since 2008. In addition to his functions for the Verband für Kleine Münsterländer, he has been the President of the JGV Hubertus Wesel since 1990 and the Chairman for Versatile Hunting Dogs (“Obmann für das Jagdgebrauchshundewesen”) in the Wesel Hunting Association (Kreisjägerschaft Wesel) since 1995. He is an active KlM breeder, handler and hunter who enjoys the hunting opportunities for small and large game in his area.
Dietrich Berning hails from the city of Hamminkeln, which is about 15 miles from the Dutch border in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. He is the President of a family-owned construction company, has been married for 35 years, and has two children and three grandchildren.
On October 7-10, 2015, dogs and handlers representing JGHV (German Versatile Hunting Dog Assocation) breed clubs will gather in Hugo, Minnesota for the 3rd Annual Oberländer-HZP (“Herbstzuchtprüfung“ or „Fall Breed Test“) and Breed Shows. Hosted by the JGV-USA, the event is highlight in the annual German testing schedule.
The Oberländer brings together 40+ dogs and their handlers from the various German versatile breeds for two days of testing (Thursday-Friday, October 8-9), and concludes with a festive awards ceremony and banquet on Friday evening after the tests. The Oberländer then continues on Saturday with the “Parade of Breeds”, a special exhibition and presentation on the history and qualities of each breed represented at the Oberländer and Breed Shows organized by individual Breed Clubs.
More information on these events can be found on the JGV-USA website:
The Oberländer is also an important event for KlM-Group North America.
In 2015, a number of our KlM will participate in the HZP or second test in the triad of German tests for versatile hunting dogs (VJP, HZP and VGP). Those dogs passing the test are eligible for breeding, provided they have also met the club’s conformation and health requirements.
Secondly, KlM and their owners will have a golden opportunity to participate in a Breed (or Conformation) Show during which the physique, coat and movement of each dog will be evaluated by qualified conformation judges. (See “Breed Shows” on the KlM-GNA website for more information on breed shows and how to prepare for them.)
After the KlM Breed Show, club members will have an opportunity to participate in sessions on Conformation Training and Puppy Training with KlM-Germany President, Dietrich Berning. These training sessions will be open to all, whether you are a Breed Show Judge apprentice or just want to learn more about our breed.
Finally, on Sunday morning, October 11th, KlM-GNA will hold a two-hour Club Meeting with lots of open discussion about our club, dogs and future direction at the event hotel, the Best Western Plus in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
This year we will be joined by the President of the German KlM club, Dietrich Berning, who will judge at the HZP tests, evaluate KlM participating in the Breed Show, offer Conformation Training and Puppy Training and be available to talk about a whole range of issues concerning our club, the German parent club, KlM International, and a host of other issues relevant to the global versatile hunting dog community.
For more information, contact Ken Bremer (firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 375-2796.