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.