Persons of Honour

Iginio Bressan


Iginio Bressan, Vittorio Veneto / Italy, is the current president of the Assoziazione Tassidermisti Italiani (ATI). He and his association ATI have hosted and organized four European Taxidermy Championships®: the 5th ETC in 2002 and then three in a row with the 7th ETC 2006, 8th ETC 2010 and 9th ETC® 2014.

In difficult periods of the European Taxidermy Federation ETF, Iginio Bressan kept the European Taxidermy Championships alive!

Thank you so much dear Iginio, for all the big efforts and invested time, for your strength and enthusiasm regarding the competition and your kind and competent hosting in Longarone for so many times!

Vagn Reitz


Vagn Reitz, Aalestrup / Denmark, is the former president of the Dansk Zoologisk Konservatorforening (DZK) and was also the president of the European Taxidermy Federation ETF (2007 – 2013). Without his support, the ETC® wouldn’t be where it is now. Under his presidency, the ETF Competition Group has been established because he saw and felt that the ETC® had to be given in the hands of competition experienced people, to improve and professionalize it.

This has been the basic requirement for the successful start as an independent organization after the dissolving of the ETF in 2016. The most important milestone for the ETC® in the era Vagn Reitz was the trademarking in the year 2012.

Thank you dear Vagn, for your wisdom and foresight as ETF president and that you always took the right decisions at the right time!


Christoph Meier, Münsigen / Switzerland, is the former president of the Verband Naturwissenschaftlicher Präparatorinnen und Präparatoren der Schweiz (VNPS). After the demission of Vagn Reitz, he overtook the presidency of the ETF (ad interim) for 2 years. In a good and constructive collaboration and with his competent help and experience, the ETF Competition Group developed to the ETC® Committee with a fully independent status inside the ETF. He was also the competition chairman on several ETC® events.

Thank you dear Christoph, for your support in the founding of the ETC® and your continuous help!


Berend Kock, from Mörlenbach, Germany, was a key figure in the formation of the current ETC® organization after the European Taxidermy Federation (ETF) dissolved in 2016. Together with Matthias Fahrni, he led the European Taxidermy Championships® independently, culminating in a successful 11th ETC® in Salzburg, Austria, in 2018.

Berend’s extensive experience in international competitions, as both a competitor and organizer, made him an exceptional Competition Chairman. His contributions to financial management, rule development, and species lists were invaluable. Berend’s unwavering dedication and sacrifices underscore his deep commitment to the ETC®, making his departure a significant loss to the taxidermy community.

Berend, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done for us! It is much more than most of us can imagine!


Matthias Fahrni, from Aegerten, Switzerland, began his taxidermy journey as a self-taught enthusiast, initially drawn to fish taxidermy due to his love of fishing. His talent led to three World Championships at the WTC® and two European Championships. Inspired by his success, Matthias became a judge, seminar instructor, organizer, and eventually chairman of the ETC®.

Under Matthias’s leadership, the ETC® became a leading taxidermy competition and education platform, highlighted by the successful Budapest event in 2021. His dedication also secured the ETC® as a protected trademark and ensured its continuity after the dissolution of the European Taxidermy Federation (ETF).

Throughout his 13-year tenure, Matthias’s wife, Helen Fahrni, provided steadfast support, particularly during the planning and execution of the 2021 ETC® in Budapest.


Matthias and Helen – we thank you both very much for your great commitment in the service of the whole ETC® family. Without you, the ETC® would not exist in this form!

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