The Annual Show is our showcase for our artists' great work. Members can enter their work to be professionally judged for awards and cash prizes in many categories. Interactive seminars will be available to help increase knowledge of various taxidermy techniques and industry advancements.
Troy Rose - Mammals
An Idaho Native who began doing taxidermy at the young age of 17, Troy is here to Judge at our Show after "cleaning up" at it last year as a competitor. Originally known for his masterful bird work, Troy has steadily gained high merits and recognition for his work in both gameheads and lifesize mammals. His accomplishments have led him to many prestigious awards and various top honors at State and National competitions. Troy also instructs individuals, both new and old, in this ever-evolving field of animal preservation. He strives to achieve realism in all his work and he willingly shares his techniques and knowledge with others. Simply stated, Troy says, "I Judge to help you become a better Taxidermist. Try to keep an open mind, and remember it's just one Judge's opinion. Sometimes it's the little things we learn the most from. I look forward to Judging at your Show!"
(see www.artisticschooloftaxidermy.com for more info on Troy)
Garry Senk - Bids/ Fish/ Reptiles (see www.senktaxidermy.com for more info on Gary)
“Competition Tatics” Troy Rose will be explaining how to add the details that will put your artwork over the top. (www.artisticschooloftaxidermy.com)
“Bear Shoulder Mount-live” Allen Burril has a new line of bear forms and he will be mounting one for us live, with all the competition trimmings.
“Habitat Rock Panel Building” Dale Manning will show how to use his rock habitat panels in a variety of ways. (www.custombirdworks.com)
All awards subject to change. More awards pending.
|Thursday, June 27|
|12:00p||Show set-up (your help is needed)|
|3:00p - 8:00p||Registration & competition entries accepted|
|8:00p||Board member meeting|
|Friday, June 28|
|8:00a - 10:00a||Registration & competition entries accepted|
|8:00a - 10:00a||Seminar - Competition Tatics - Troy Rose|
|9:00a||Meeting of officers and judges|
|10:00a - 4:00p||Seminar - Bear Shoulder Mount (live) - Allen Burril|
|10:00a||Registration closes and judging begins|
|10:00a - 3:30p||Open to the public|
|4:00p||OAT general membership meeting (please attend)|
|5:00p||OAT BBQ and potluck (open to all)|
|Saturday June 29|
|8:00a - 3:30p||Receive score sheet at registration desk|
|8:00a - 1:00p||Individual critiques with judges - by signup|
|9:00a - 3:30p||Open to the public|
|10:00a - 2:00p||Seminar - Habitat Rock Panel Building - Dale Manning|
|12:00p - 2:00p||Kids Seminar - TBD|
|1:00p - 3:00p||Open critiques from judges|
|4:00p - 6:00p||Show break-down and banquet set-up (all mounts removed at this time)|
|6:00p||OAT awards banquet, raffle, and auction|
The Crook County Fairgrounds is just off Hwy 126 (S Main St.) in downtown Prineville - in the center of Oregon. Nearby accommodations include:
Stafford Inn (541) 447-7100, Best Western Prineville Inn (541) 447-8080, Econo Lodge (541) 447-6231.
The Crook County RV Park is just outside the entrance to the Fairgrounds - (541) 447-2599.
Tent camping is located at the Ochoco Lake County Campground - (541) 447-1209.
MASTERS: This division is open to anyone who has completed the requirements for this program (see below), either in Oregon or another state. With the most critical judging, you will be learning how to fine tune your work.
OPEN: This division is open to anyone wishing to enter who hasn’t moved up to masters. The work is not judged as tough as the masters division as the division is designed to provide a learning experience through critique.
NOVICE: This division is open to anyone wishing to enter who hasn’t moved up to masters. Designed for people new to taxidermy and/or competition, the division is geared as an entry-level learning tool. Competitors will not receive a full critique.
YOUTH: This division is open to anyone 17 years of age and younger who hasn’t moved up to masters. Similar to the Novice Division, competitors will not receive a full critique.
CHALLENGE: This division covers the 3 main categories and is awarded to the highest scoring mount in the challenge. The specimen for each category will be determined by the previous year's winner of the challenge from the remaining of the 3 main groups mammals, birds, fish/reptiles (The winner may not choose from the group in which they have won). There will be a special entry fee. These pieces are not eligible for any other awards (except as noted in the awards section below) nor do they earn any points towards any program. This division is judged on an open level.
MASTERS PROGRAM: Points for Master ranking will be gained in the open division: 3 points for a blue, 2 points for a red, 1 point for a white, 1 point for a best of category. Members will need 16 points and 4 blue ribbons to attain the Masters Division. You will be required to compete in the Masters division from that time forward, IN THAT CATEGORY ONLY. A Master or Award of Excellence winner will be required to compete as a Master in Oregon and win 1 blue ribbon before they are awarded a plaque. There will be only one Masters plaque awarded per person.
Deer Heads, Game Heads Antlered (other than deer), Game Heads Horned, Game Heads Other (pig, bear, etc.)
Large Lifesize (larger than a coyote), Small Lifesize (coyote or smaller)
Upland Birds, Upland group*, Waterfowl, Waterfowl Group*
Fish Skin Mount, Fish Skin Mount Group*, Fish Reproduction, Fish Reproduction Group*
*Group category pieces shall be charged the same fee per grouping as single pieces
4 categories (headmount, bird, fish, reptile) choosen by the previous year's winner
Multiple first, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded in all divisions.
Best of Categories will be issued plaques in the Open and Masters divisions. Specimen must score 90 or better.
Highest Scoring Masters/Open/Novice/Youth as determined by the judges.
Judges Choice "Breakthrough" is selected by the judges collectively from all enteries in the show. Judges are not bound by score and will consider the mounts overall merit.
Taxidermists' Choice "Best Kick-Ass Mount" is selected by the registered taxidermists in attendance at the show by secret ballot from all entries.
People's Choice is selected by the attending general public by secret ballot.
Spouses' Choice is selected by the attending wives of the competitors by secret ballot.
Taxidermist Challenge is awarded to the highest scoring mount in the challenge. This requires a special entry fee.
Collective Artists is for pieces built by more than one taxidermist. This is judged on an open level. This category also requires a special entry fee and does not gain points towards any program.
All-Around Taxidermist is awarded to the competitor who has the highest cumulative score on the required pieces, but MUST have also be awarded 2 blue ribbons. Competitor must have a lifesize, game head, fish or reptile, and a bird. The pieces used towards the All-Around must be chosen at registration time.
Horizon Award is issued to the best novice taxidermist as determined by the judges.
Best Habitat as determined by the judges.
Cash bonuses TBD
Sponsored Awards are awarded at the sponsor's discretion. The rules and regulations for any company sponsored awards will be set by the companies that sponsor them:
Breakthrough Award - Best Overall Mount in Show
Wasco Award - Most Artistic Entry
Elk Foundation - Best Elk in Show
Mule Deer Foundation - Best Deer in Show
Gary Lewis Outdoors - Best Predator in Show
Ducks Unlimited - Best Waterfowl in Show
Central Oregon Sporting Clays - Best Upland Bird in Show
DeShoots Youth Sports - Best Youth Mount in Show
Oregon Record Book - Best Mammal in Show
Polytranspar Award - Highest Scoring Fish painted with Polytranspar airbrush paint.
Starfish Award - Highest scoring fish reproduction
All awards subject to change without notice
Complete Package... $125
OAT Annual Membership (required to compete)
2 mount entries (in seperate categories)
1 admission to all seminars
1 adult banquet ticket
Annual Membership Fee Only (not competing at show)... $50
Additional Competition Entries... $10 each
Challenge/Collective Artist Entries... $10 each
Seminars Only... $25 each
Non-Member Seminars... $35 each
Adults... $25 each
Under 12... $10 each
The Oregon Association of Taxidermy has been providing taxidermy education for Wetern States artists since 1983. We strive to increase public awareness of the ever-increasing possibilities created in the imaginations of our experienced members.
Our artists create memorable taxidermy mounts and replicas - both professionals and hobbyists. The main showcase for our work is the Annual OAT Competition and Show. The images here are from those shows.