Explanation about the Winners List By World Show Chairman Larry Blomquist Only in a perfect world would miscues be nonexistent. This year’s World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships® was as smooth as any I have ever run, but in the end, a couple of issues were brought to my attention Saturday, with less than one hour remaining before all entries were released. Both, inadvertent procedural errors, were simple to rectify after the World Show regulatory committee took into consideration how they happened and the ultimate importance of this competition’s long-time creditability. (The World Show Regulatory Committee consists of Larry Blomquist, Skip Skidmore and Ken Edwards.) I should note that this matter was first brought to our attention by one of the World Show judges, not by the competitors. Furthermore all of the judges were called into a special meeting and once the regulatory committee made its decision, it received a unanimous vote by the World Show judges as the best way to correct a procedural mistake during judging and balloting for World Title positions. The decision did not remove any winners; rather, it elevated four winners and added three others. It is important for me to point out that this procedural mistake in no way had anything to do with the worthiness of an entry or the honesty of a competitor. It was simply an incorrect procedure in how World Title judging and balloting were carried out, and the entries that this mistake affected were given due credit by bringing their positions up one place in the World Title awarding. (New rules have been put into place to prevent this problem from ever occurring again.) The result of this decision affected and involved the following changes in the initial World Title list and this decision is reflected in the World Show final results. 1. Medium-Small Mammals. Ashley Barrett moved up to win a 3rd in World with his bobcat, resulting in two 3rd in World titles in this category. 2. Large Mammals Ashley Barrett moved up from a 3rd in World to win a 2nd in World and Jeff Elliot moved up to win a 3rd in World. This resulted in two 2nd in World titles in this category. 3. Non-Game Birds. Jan Fredriksson moved up from a 2nd in World to win a Best in World. Mike Orthober moved up from a 3rd in World to a Second in World and Dirk Grundler moved up to a 3rd in World. This resulted in two Best in World titles in this category. 4. Mixed Group Rodney Schreurs moved up from a 2nd in World to a Best in World giving this Category two Best in World titles.