On September 10-13, dogs and handlers representing the primary JGHV (German Versatile Hunting Dog Assocation) breed clubs will gather in Hugo, Minnesota for the 2nd Annual Oberlaender HZP (“Herbstzuchtprüfung“ or „Fall Breed Test“) and Breed Shows. Hosted by the JGV-USA, the event is unique in the annual German testing schedule. The Oberlaender brings together 35+ dogs and their handlers from most of the German versatile breeds for two days of testing (Thursday-Friday), concluding with a festive, traditional awards ceremony and banquet on Friday evening after the tests. The Oberlaender then continues on Saturday, when individual breed clubs organize their own Breed Shows, followed by a picnic lunch and the “Parade of Breeds”, a special exhibition and presentation on the history and qualities of each breed represented at the Oberlaender. Last year, over 100 dogs—from the youngest puppies to gray-haired, wizened grandmas and grandpas—paraded around the show ring in an entertaining display of the best of the breeds.
More information on these events can be found on the JGV-USA website:
The Oberlaender is also an important event for KlM-Group North America. Firstly, eligible 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 your dog will be evaluated by skilled conformation judges. As to the significance of a Breed Show, KlM-GNA Breed Warden Bobbe Carney notes: “Breed Shows are a cornerstone for breeding approval in KlM-GNA. They provide evaluation of a prospective breeding candidate in order to maintain the physical characteristics expected in a Kleine Munsterlander based on the FCI standard of the breed.” (See “Breed Shows” on the KlM-GNA website for more information).
Finally, on Sunday morning, September 14th, KlM-GNA will hold a Club Meeting at the event hotel, the Best Western Plus in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. According to KlM-GNA President John Liscovitz, “The club meeting is really our Annual Meeting in 2014 and will offer a great opportunity to meet other members and discuss our progress in becoming a Landesgruppe of the German parent club.”
For this inaugural meeting of KlM-GNA we will be joined by former President of the German KlM club, Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen, who will be available to talk about a whole range of issues concerning our club, but also about the KlM in Germany and abroad, the versatile hunting dog movement in Germany, hunting conditions in Europe and a host of other issues relevant to the global versatile hunting dog community.
More details on the KlM-GNA program at the Oberlaender will follow soon.