2017 World Show Winners List

Here is the list of the top awards for the 2017 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships® as they were revealed during the banquet on Friday night, May 19, 2017 in Peoria, Illinois. Photos of the winning entries will be published in future issues of Breakthrough Magazine.

MAJOR TAXIDERMY AWARDS


Simon T. Blackshaw Award for the Judges’ Choice Best of Show – $1,000 from Research Mannikins
CAROLIN BRAK-DOLNY, Frankford, Ontario, Canada
63 Red Panda Re-creation


The Chairman’s Award
GOULD, DeVILLERS and HUTTON, St. Charles, Iowa
387 Zebra Foal


Best All-Around Taxidermist, Master Division – $2,000 from Ohio Supply
JASON KRAUSE, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
231 Striped Skunk Gamehead, 233 Skunk, 235 Timber Rattlesnake, 236 Starling


Carl E. Akeley Award – $1,000 from WASCO
MIKE NAKIELSKI, Iron Ridge, Wisconsin
271 Black Duck Trio

Carl E. Akeley Award, Second Place
BRET WINGFIELD, Sydney, Nebraska
362 Largemouth Bass

Carl E. Akeley Award, Third Place
GEORGE ELEKES, LaSalle, Ontario, Canada
115 Wolf Trio


Master of Masters
TERRY WEICK, Hopkins, Michigan
276 Striped Bass Group

Master of Masters, Second Place
BRIAN HENDRICKS, Scottville, Michigan
15 Bobcat

Master of Masters, Third Place
DANNY OWENS, Lubbock, Texas
390 Bald Eagle


MASTER DIVISION TAXIDERMY

For the first time in the history of World Competition, ALL 16 World Championship titles were awarded at the 2017 show.


Best In World, Whitetail
GENE SMITH, Louisville, Georgia
374 Whitetail Deer

Second In World, Whitetail
CLINT RICKEY, Dodgeville, Wisconsin
141 Whitetail Deer


Best In World, Large Mammal
BILL NEUMAN, Bismarck, North Dakota
82 Mountain Goat

Second In World, Large Mammal
JOSHUA HUNT, Morgan, Utah
94 Rocky Mountain Elk

Third In World, Large Mammal
GEORGE ELEKES, LaSalle, Ontario, Canada
115 Wolf (Standing)


Best In World, Medium/Small Mammal
CAROLIN BRAK-DOLNY, Frankford, Ontario, Canada
72 Coyote Pup

Second In World, Medium/Small Mammal
CLAY WAGNER, Lott, Texas
388 Bobcat

Third In World, Medium/Small Mammal
MICHAEL DOYLE, Rockford, Michigan
169 Bobcat


Best In World, Large Gamehead
OWEN ELDRED, Lake Isabella, Michigan
181 Sika Deer

Second In World, Large Gamehead
JERRY HUFFAKER, Abilene, Texas
255 Bezoar Ibex

Third In World, Large Gamehead
JUSTIN HINSON, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
300 Wild Boar


Best In World, Medium/Small Gamehead
REBECCA WILCHER, Ashdown, AR
241 Pronghorn Antelope Fawn Yearling

Second In World, Medium/Small Gamehead
JAMES NEWPORT, Pearsall, Texas
372 Boar Piglet

Third In World, Medium/Small Gamehead
JASON KRAUSE, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
231 Striped Skunk


Best In World, Waterfowl
ERIC PERRY, Goldhill, North Carolina
207 Mallard Drake

Second In World, Waterfowl
MIKE NAKIELSKI, Iron Ridge, Wisconsin
271 Black Ducks

Third In World, Waterfowl
MARK BENFIELD, Lincolnton, North Carolina
172 Wood Duck (Drake)


Best In World, Turkey
TODD CAPITANO, Farnham, New York
365 Wild Turkey


Best In World, Game Bird
SAM CAHOY, Aberdeen, South Dakota
268 Sandhill Crane

Second In World, Game Bird
MIKE ORTHOBER, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
344 Hazel Grouse

Third In World, Game Bird
JONATHAN WRIGHT, Mesick, MI
285 Ringneck Pheasant Rooster (Single)


Best In World, Non-Game Bird
LENNART PETTERSSON, Balinge, Sweeden
174 Starlings

Second In World, Non-Game Bird
JOHNATHAN WRIGHT, Mesick, Michigan
291 Great Horned Owl

Third In World, Non-Game Bird
ALLIS MARKHAM, Los Angeles, California
150 African Jacana


Best In World, Coldwater Fish Skin Mount
TIM GORENCHAN, Escanaba, Michigan
248 Sockeye Salmon

Second In World, Coldwater Fish Skin Mount
TERRY WEICK, Hopkins, Michigan
279 Brown Trout (Top Fish)

Third In World, Coldwater Fish Skin Mount
MATTHIAS FAHRNI, Orpund, Switzerland
40 Brook Trout


Best In World, Warmwater Fish Skin Mount
TERRY WEICK, Hopkins, Michigan
281 Lake Sturgeon & Longnose Sucker (Lowest Rear)


Best In World, Largemouth Bass Skin Mount
BRETT WINGFIELD, Sydney, Nebraska
362 Largemouth Bass


Best In World, Re-Creation
CAROLIN BRAK-DOLNY, Frankford, Ontario, Canada
63 Red Panda

Second In World, Re-Creation
JOSH GUGE, Hampshire, Illinois
259 Cape May Warbler

Third In World, Re-Creation
KENT REEDY, Dixon, Iowa
84 Labrador Duck


Best In World, Mixed Group
CAROLIN BRAK-DOLNY, Frankford, Ontario, Canada
67 Cross Fox and American Toad


Best In World, Reptile/Amphibian/Other Skin Mount
JASON KRAUSE, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
235 Timber Rattlesnake


Best In World, Reproduction
TYLER ERICKSON, Brookings, South Dakota
359 Yellow Perch

Second In World, Reproduction
SCOTT HUMBLE, Springville, Utah
334 Desert Tortoise

Third In World, Reproduction
DON FRANK, Smithville, Missouri
325 Longear Sunfish


Best In World, Collective Artists – $1,000 from Tohickon
FOREST HART, PHIL SOUCY, JAMES SMITH, MIKE FOSS, KEVIN NEIDIGH and WILL ARNOLD, Libby, MT
384 Snow Leopard

Best of Category, Collective Artists, Recreations and Reproduction – $400 from Tohickon
TYLER ERICSON and RANDY NELSON, Brookings, South Dakota
357 Black Crappie

Best of Category, Collective Artists, Mixed Group – $400 from Tohickon
DAVE DUNN, RICK KRANE and DOUG ECK, Wasilla, ALaska
378 Grizzley and Chum Salmon

Best of Category, Collective Artists, Bird – $400 from Tohickon
MATT TAINTER and MIKE NAKIELSKI, Westby, Wisconsin
419 Brandt

Best of Category, Collective Artists, Lifesize Mammal – $400 from Tohickon
FOREST HART, PHIL SOUCY, JAMES SMITH, MIKE FOSS, KEVIN NEIDIGH and WILL ARNOLD, Libby, MT
384 Snow Leopard


Best of Division, Interpretive Art – $1,000 from The Wildlife Gallery
FRANK NEWMER, Gladwin, Michigan
293 Mandarin

Second Place, Interpretive Art – $300 from World Show Prize Fund
LENNART PETTERSSON, Balinge, Sweeden
176 Starlings

Third Place, Interpretive Art – $200 from World Show Prize Fund
KUMBERLY KUENZEL, Fayetteville, Arkansas
345 Mandarin


Competitors’ Choice Award
BILL NEUMAN, Bismarck, North Dakota
82 Mountain Goat


Best In World, Live Taxidermy Sculpture
JIM BEENKIN, Eagle River, Wisconsin
12 Bear Cub

Second In World, Live Taxidermy Sculpture
BILL NEUMAN, Bismarck, North Dakota
83 Lynx

Third In World, Live Taxidermy Sculpture
JOHN SANZO, Tweed, Ontario, Canada
496 Fisher


Best of Category, Taxidermy Sculpture, Mammal
JIM BEENKIN, Eagle River, Wisconsin
14 Mountain Lion


PROFESSIONAL DIVISION TAXIDERMY


Best Professional Entry – $1,000 from McKenzie
DAI JIN, Yantai City, China
215 Laughing Kokaburra

Best of Category, Lifesize Mammal
DAVE SCHMIDT, Palmyra, Wisconsin
147 Wolverine (Bottom)

Best of Category, Whitetail Deer Head
JAMIE CAMERON, Bolivar, Pennsylvania
43 Whitetail Deer

Best of Category, Gamehead
ROSS RICHARD, Herriman, Utah
89 Pronghorn Antelope

Best of Category, Bird
DAI JIN, Yantai City, China
215 Laughing Kokaburra

Best of Category, Reptile, Amphibian, Invertebrate
ASHLEY FRIENDSHUH, Prior Lake, Minnesota
333 Ball Python

Best of Category, Reproduction
JAMIE CAMERON, Bolivar, Pennsylvania
46 Rock Bass

Best of Category, Skeleton
MARK BREEN-KLEIN, Sparrow Bush, New York
263 Mata Mata


Best Novice Entry
EDGAR PALMAS, Cypress, Texas
315 Coyote


Best Youth Entry
ELLIOT BRINCKS, Washburn, Iowa
311 Bluegill


COMPETITOR’S AWARDS


Competitors’ Award, Master Division, First Place – $5,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
TIM GORENCHAN, Escanaba, Michigan
248 Sockeye Salmon, 249 Pink Salmon, 251 Brown Trout, 250 Whitetail Deer

Competitors’ Award, Master Division, Second Place – $3,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
CAROLIN BRAK-DOLNY, Frankford, Ontario, Canada
72 Coyote Pup, 63 Red Panda Re-creation, 65 Coyote, 73 Northern Leopard Frog

Competitors’ Award, Master Division, Third Place – $2,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
TERRY WEICK, Hopkins, Michigam
281 Lake Sturgeon & Longnose Sucker, 279 Brown Trout, 278 Brown Trout, 280 Brown Trout

Competitors’ Award, Master Division, Fourth Place – $1,500 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
MIKE NAKIELSKI, Iron Ridge, WI
271 Black Ducks, 273 Blue-Winged Teal, 275 Wood Duck, 274 Pintail

Competitors’ Award, Master Division, Fifth Place – $1,000 from Midwest Fur Dressing
MARK BENFIELD, Lincolnton, North Carolina
172 Wood Duck, 168 Green-Winged Teal, 167 Mallard Drake, 170 Hooded Merganzer

Competitors’ Award, Master Division, Sixth Place – $750 from Payer Eyes
ERIC PERRY, Goldhill, North Carolina
207 Mallard Drake, 212 Bufflehead, 210 Harlequin Drake, 205 Mallard Hen


Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, First Place – $3,000 from Big Rock/HeadQuarters
GREG SCHMIDT, Palmyra, Wisconsin
143 WOlverine, 147 Wolverine, 142 Black Bear, 145 Black Bear

Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, Second Place – $2,000 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
MATT TAINTER, Westby, Wisconsin
422 Ringneck Pheasant, 425 Oldsquaw, 420 Whitetail Deer, 421 Ringneck Pheasant

Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, Third Place – $1,250 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
JAMIE CAMERON, Bolivar, Pennsylvania
43 Whitetail Deer, 46 Rock Bass, 45 Bluegill, 44 Rainbow Trout

Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, Fourth Place – $750 from Payer Eyes
JORDAN HACKI, Warrensburg, Illinois
456 Blue Goose, 458 Red Fox, 457 Ringneck Pheasant, 454 Ringneck Pheasant

Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, Fifth Place (Tie) – $625 from Midwest Fur Dressing
NICHOLAS GENEREUX, Crookston, Minnesota
96 Black Bear, 102 Otter, 98 Whitetail Deer Doe, 104 Fisher

Competitors’ Award, Professional Division, Fifth Place (Tie) – $625 from Big Rock/Head Quarters
ETHAN LIESENFELD, Dubois, Wyoming
133 Black Bear, 134 Bighorn Sheep, 132 Bison, 131 Pine Marten


FISH CARVING


Judges’ Choice, Best of Show, Fish Carving – $1,000 from Sugar Pine Woodcarving
TED RICHMOND, Shawnee, Kansas
444 Brook Trout “Home Delivery”

Best In World, Open Level, Decorative Lifesize Fish Carving – $500
MICHAEL BUELNA , Orland, CA
447 Rock Greenling

Second In World, Open Level, Decorative Lifesize Fish Carving – $300
JOSH GUGE, Gilberts, IL
433 Blue Angel Fish and Batwing Crab

Third In World, Open Level, Decorative Lifesize Fish Carving – $200
DAVE SPROUT, Lina, Wisconsin
449 Brown Trout

Best In World, Open Level, Decorative Miniature Fish Carving – $500
SCOTT HUMBLE, Springville, Utah
409 Tiger Trout

Best In World, Open Level, Natural Finish Fish Carving – $500
TED RICHMOND, Shawnee, Kansas
444 Brook Trout “Home Delivery”


Best of Show, Intermediate Level, Fish Carving
CHRIS LANKFORD, Rancho Santa Margarita, California
489 Leafy Seadragon

Best of Show, Novice Level, Fish Carving
WILLARD COCCO, DeWitt, Michigan
451 Bluegill


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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Taxidermy Hall of Fame Executive committee has completed its final vote to establish the inductees for the class of 2017. I am proud to announce the four individuals who have been selected for induction in the class of 2017. The four final inductees were announced during the Friday night Awards Banquet in Peoria, Illinois on May 19, 2017 during the World Taxidermy Championships. The induction ceremony will be held this July during the National Taxidermists Association convention in Layton, Utah. The four new inductees are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Taxidermy Hall of Fame Rebirth

The new logo for the newly renamed Taxidermy Hall of Fame.


In August of 1974 the third National Taxidermy Association convention was underway in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The fledgling organization had been going through some growing pains since its inception two years earlier in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Dissent among the board had already lead to some major disagreements about the direction the NTA would take. But one thing all of the new board members agreed upon was the establishment of some sort of Hall of Fame for taxidermy. They envisioned a beautiful museum with marble floors, ornate pillars, and plaques honoring noteworthy taxidermists. They pictured a great hall, like New York City’s Akeley African Hall in the American Museum of Natural History, featuring impressive works of taxidermy to be dramatically displayed for the public. Boardmember Norm Myer was tasked with searching for a suitable location.

For the next forty years, officers of The National Taxidermists Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation diligently tried to achieve this vision. Several promising sites were pursued. Specimen donations were collected. Many strong personalities attempted to advance the cause. Eventually, the Hall of Fame was separated from the NTA and became an autonomous not-for-profit organization. It often seemed as though the foundation was right on the brink of bringing their vision of a physical Hall of Fame to fruition. But for every hopeful lead, there was an unexpected setback, and over the years the dream of a great hall filled with taxidermy gradually diminished. As the decades passed, the Hall of Fame was slowly slipping out of prominence and relevance.

In 2014, the board members of the The National Taxidermists Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation approached Larry Blomquist, Publisher of Breakthrough Magazine and Chairman of the World Taxidermy Championships®, about passing on this honored organization to a new board and bringing it into the new millennium with a revised direction. Larry was anxious to see the original purpose of the Hall of Fame renewed; honoring the people who have made significant contributions to the taxidermy profession. Three new board members were appointed for this task; Mike Oropallo of New York, Skip Skidmore of Utah, and Ken Edwards of Georgia.

Skip Skidmore, Mike Oropallo, Larry Blomquist and Ken Edwards met in Atlanta on February 20, 2016 for the first meeting of the new Board of Directors of the Taxidermy Hall of Fame.

At the first meeting of the new Board of Directors in Atlanta, the mission of the Hall of Fame was solidified. The first decision by the new board was to change the name to the Taxidermy Hall of Fame, to reflect the international scope and inclusive nature of the organization. The mission of the Hall of Fame would be to celebrate and preserve the history of taxidermy and to honor its pioneers and innovators. The board was selected to pursue this task without political influence, personal agendas, business interests, or hidden motives. It was decided that the selection process for future inductees would be both transparent and comprehensive. A five-member advisory board and a selection committee of up to twenty members was selected from a broad spectrum of international candidates. These committee members will be announced very soon.

It was also decided that instead of a physical museum, the main presence for the Hall of Fame would exist as a new website devoted to honoring both past and future inductees as well as other features highlighting the history of taxidermy.

Here is the announcement that Larry made in the Winter 2017 issue of Breakthrough:

Taxidermy Hall of Fame Announcement
by Larry Blomquist, Chairman

It is my pleasure to announce the reorganization of the National Taxidermists Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation, now renamed the Taxidermy Hall of Fame.

Around two years ago I was approached by Rod Connelly, the Chairman of the NTHOFMF, and Dana Poust, board member, to assist in leading and reorganizing the NTHOFMF in a refreshed direction.

After many years of dedicated service it was Rod’s and Dana’s wish to bring in new ideas and goals for this honored organization. Their resignations were accepted with regrets by the new board they appointed. Much more will be written about their and others’ service, leadership, and accomplishment in their tenure as directors of the NTHOFF at a future time.

The new board consists of Larry Blomquist of Louisiana, Ken Edwards of Georgia, Mike Oropallo of New York, and Skip Skidmore of Utah. The new board elected me as the new chairman and Mike Oropallo as secretary/treasurer.

The changeover began in 2015 and it took several months to finalize legal requirements so that the new board could formulate its mission and goals for restructuring and moving forward, including changing the name to the Taxidermy Hall of Fame. The THOF remains a 501c3 non-profit organization.

During the first official meeting of the BOD in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 20, 2016, many important decisions were made regarding the purpose, function, and future of the THOF. Its mission will be international and inclusive in scope, and its main purpose will be to give this highest honor to extraordinary contributors in the field of taxidermy. It is also important to note that the board will honor all previous inductees into the original NTHOFMF. The hallmark of the THOF will be a website honoring past and future inductees and will include many more special features and historical aspects about taxidermy.

The board of directors voted to establish an advisory board, which includes up to 5 members appointed by the THOF board, and a selection committee consisting of up to 20 members, which will include the 5 advisory board members plus 15 additional appointed members by the BOD.

It was also decided that with the restructuring nearly complete, the board felt it was time to move forward with an initial nomination and selection process for potential THOF inductees that will be for the inductee class of 2017. This initial process, which is underway now and nearly complete, will be used only for the class of 2017.

Future classes, which will be inducted every other year, will allow for anyone to submit nominations, and these nominations will be considered by the selection committee and passed on for a vote by the procedures established by the board of directors. The nomination and voting procedure will be published on the Taxidermy Hall of Fame website in the near future.

The 10 finalists for 2017 will soon be announced through the www.taxidermy.net website, and the final selected class of up to 4 new inductees for 2017 will be announced during the Award Ceremony of the World Taxidermy Championships.

The installment ceremony will be part of the 2017 National Taxidermists Association convention banquet on July 15, 2017, in Salt Lake City/Layton, Utah.

Much more will be announced in the coming weeks and months about the Taxidermy Hall of Fame and its newest inductees. The THOF website is being developed by Ken Edwards and should be available soon with the initial information on the direction and goals of what will be a historical website of our art, profession and industry worldwide. It will take time for this new website to grow, but in today’s world, we feel this is the best way to honor those who have made a honorable impression on taxidermy.

Mike Oropallo, Skip Skidmore, Larry Blomquist and Ken Edwards (not pictured) met in Houston on March 9, 2017 for the second board meeting of the Taxidermy Hall of Fame.

The second meeting of the Board of Directors was held in Houston, Texas last month. Details were addressed and further plans were made. After many years of relative dormancy, 2017 will see four new inductees into the Taxidermy Hall of Fame.

In the next month, the newly appointed advisory committee will narrow down the selection committee’s list of nominees from twenty to ten. At this point the ten finalist nominees for the inductee class of 2017 will be announced here and on Taxidermy.Net, along with the names of all committee members. The final four inductees for 2017 will be chosen by the nine-member Executive Committee and will be announced during the World Show banquet on Friday night, May 19.

The four inductees for the class of 2017 will be formally installed in the Hall of Fame during the NTA banquet in Utah in July.

It is our sincere hope that the Taxidermy Hall of Fame will become a key element in teaching and promoting the heritage of the art of taxidermy while promoting its influential personalities, significant achievements and important events, as well as being a clearinghouse for information honoring those who came before us and had an impact on our profession.

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Five Years of Taxidermy Blogging

If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would be able to describe myself as a professional blogger, I would have laughed in their face. In fact, ten years ago I didn’t even know what “blog” meant! I had to look it up to find out that it was a contraction of the words “web log”. But amazingly here I am, five years into blogging; writing down my thoughts, drawing little cartoons, photographing great works of art, creating little videos, and still rolling along with it. The success of this unlikely experiment actually boggles my mind. Hundreds of readers continue to visit my blog each day, and many thousands each month.

I would like to thank Chad Davis of McKenzie, for coming up with the initial concept for this blog and for setting it in motion. If not for Chad’s inspiration and his confidence in me, this project would have never even gotten off the ground. I would also like to extend my deep appreciation to the McKenzie company for continuing to support this and many other endeavors that are worthwhile to all who participate in the taxidermy industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time Capsule: The 2002 IGT Show

The International Guild of Taxidermy was founded in August 1984 and hosted 21 annual conventions from 1985 to 2005. In the latter years the association struggled with declining membership until it became financially impossible for it to continue. I remember the IGT conventions fondly, as they were always a lot of fun, and the officers and members worked hard to produce a warm and friendly atmosphere.

I especially remember the final IGT show I attended in Huntsville, Alabama in 2002. It was the last time I saw Ivan Harvey and the last time my teenaged (at the time) daughter helped me work in the WASCO booth. The convention was held in the Huntsville Hilton, and was the second of four weeks that I would eventually spend in that hotel, since the NTA also used the same location in 1998, 2004 and 2009. That facility always seemed to be the source of memorable events during taxidermy conventions, including the Huntsville tornado of 1998 and the extended power outage of 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

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