Oklahoma State Poultry Federation

Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center
1700 W. Independence, Shawnee, Ok 74802

Contact: [email protected]

Oklahoma State Show      DECEMBER 14, 2019
Welcome to the Oklahoma State Poultry Federation Official Website. We are an Oklahoma Poultry Club that is family oriented and was formed in 1914. Throughout many years the club has held poultry shows, even hosting APA and ABA National meets. The OSPF has a deep history through its years of existence!

We welcome everyone that would like to come to show with us or just for a visit. Our show has grown to over 3,000 entries and this year we added a double Spring Show March 21, 2019. We look forward to seeing you at the show.
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President: Wade Walker

 I am the newly elected president of the OSPF and for those of you who don’t know me, I would like to briefly introduce myself. I grew up and attended school in the small town of Dewar, Oklahoma. I had my introduction to the poultry world at the age of 12 when I received my first trios of Modern Game bantams and a trio of dark Cornish bantams from Mr. John Wunderlich. From that point on I have owned and raised Modern Game bantams in some form or fashion. Even though my college years at Oklahoma Baptist University and pursuing a baseball career along with the years of rodeoing, I still managed to keep some moderns at my folk's place. Over the years I have had the privilege to know and learn from some of the greatest modern breeders in the country.
For the last 18 years, my daughter Sherydan and I have attended as many shows as we could across the country. We are both ABA Master Breeders in brown red Modern Game and have also raised Dark Cornish, Old English, Rhode Island Reds, and KO Shamo as well as other breeds over the years. Currently, I also serve as President of the Modern Game Bantam Club of America and as the state representative of the APA.
I look forward to serving exhibition poultry in the state as President of the OSPF. Oklahoma offers exhibitors and poultry enthusiasts more shows to attend than most states and we are very excited about the changes that have been occurring in this club and look forward to its growth as we move forward. Everyone is welcome at our shows and we look forward to seeing you there.
If anyone has questions, concerns, or ideas you can contact me at any time. Once again I look forward to serving the OSPF and helping this club continue to host one of the premier shows in the country.

Vice-President: Andy Barnes
For as long as he can remember Andy Barnes’ family had chickens. When he was small, they had approximately 100 free range laying hens. The hens and roosters were all different colors. They were white, red, mixed colors and a few black, but none were pure breeds. These birds would lay both brown and white eggs. On Saturday of each week, his mother would take the eggs to the grocery store on Main Street to sell. Then she would gather up the groceries while the store worker counted and candled the eggs. The money from the eggs helped with payment of the grocery bill. When the eggs would hatch, he would be at the nest box with his mom hoping to get a black chick or two from that setting. When they needed a chicken or two for dinner, they would go out around the barns to catch one of the largest cockerels.  When Andy was about 10 years old, he begged his dad to let him buy some pure breed bantams that he had seen at the Trade Days in Bowie, Texas. Convincing him to get some bantams was hard because they were small and couldn’t be used to eat or sell the eggs. His father considered them a waste of feed. However, he continued to plead for bantams and was allowed to buy Dark Cornish and Golden Sebrights. He ended up settling for those because they were the ones he liked best. When Andy was 14, his best friend (Mark Taylor) and he traveled with Larry Elliott to Wichita Falls, Texas. Larry was several years older than them. He was going to several breeders’ homes to try to buy birds. At one of the places they stopped is where he saw a pair of Black Old English for the first time and knew he had to have those birds. Mark said he had vacant pens at his house and that Andy could keep them there knowing that his dad would be upset if he brought them home. He then asked the gentleman how much for the Black OE? He said they were not for sale as he had just purchased them the week before. It took him a while to convince him to price them, but he finally did. Those birds came back with them that day. Unfortunately, the Black OE did not live long at his friend's house. When Andy was 16, he sold all of the Cornish and traded the Sebrights for some B.B. Red OE. He has had B.B. Reds since that time, but the bloodlines are not the same.

Andy married Darla in 1978 and they have been married for 37 years. They have three children, two sons-in-law, and three grandkids.   When Andy was 21, Mark told him that he heard of a poultry club in Wichita Falls that was having a small spring club show. Andy had never heard of these types of shows before; he only knew of the county fair that took place once a year. He and Darla traveled to Wichita Falls to check out the show and he got names individuals who had birds for sale. It was only a short time until he had some Black OE again and has had Black OE ever since. They joined that club and started showing the next year. Some of the members stated that certain people only won because of who they were. He didn’t comment on what they said, he just walked the aisles and looked at the birds the judges selected. Andy quickly learned that the birds that were winning were just better birds. The winning birds were also better than what he had, so he started selling some birds and buying better ones. It is important that a person be able to honestly assess their competition and determine if they own the best bird or if a competitor does.  Over the years he has had several breeds and varieties. Andy had Silver Sebrights, Blue and Black Cochins, Partridge Wyandotte, White, BT White and Grey Japanese, Birchen and Brown Red Modern Game, and Old English in White, Brown Red, and Blue Red. The Black and B.B. Red OE have always been his favorites. For many years, he has worked with them exclusively.

Andy has received the following awards from the ABA and APA: ABA master exhibitor in 1987; ABA master breeder of Black OE in 1990; ABA master breeder of B.B. Red OE in 1993; ABA master breeder of Birchen MG in 1996; APA Hall of Fame Exhibitor in 2003; ABA Life Achievement Award in 2003; and ABA Life Achievement Award for Black OE in 2003; and ABA Life Achievement Award for B.B. Red OE in 2
Andy’s best advice for poultry exhibitors is to be an active supporter. Every show needs help with set up, clerking, and tear down. Do not just show up the day of the show, put your birds in the cage, and be anxious to be the first out the door. The shows cannot continue without active workers. Even those who are not able to do heavy lifting can put in shavings, put in water cups or hang coop cards.
009. Andy has served the Oklahoma Poultry Federation for approximately 25 years in some capacity. He has been president for 3 terms (6 years), VP for 1 or 2 terms, and director for several terns.
Secretary: Jan Geis
I grew up in Oklahoma and I was around poultry such as chickens, guineas and my dad’s favorites: pheasants and quail. For some reason, though, my family didn’t show poultry. My grandmother was known to her family as “Butter.” Chickens were her pride and joy.  As an adult, I became interested in a breed of chickens called Araucanas; a variety that lays a blue egg. I purchased some Araucanas from a breeder, and she later encouraged me to start showing them. I later got some Ameraucanas and now raise them to show. My husband and I current show all over the US and enjoying visiting with our friends at the show. I have had the pleasure to serve as the OSPF Secretary for three years now and I'm looking forward to serving the OSPF in the future.


Jan Geis

Director: Bo Garrett
Hi, my name is James W. Garrett, Jr. but most call me Bo; I have lived in southeast Oklahoma all of my life and currently reside in the quiet community of Forest Grove near Idabel, OK.  My wife, daughter and I live on a 45-acre farm where we primarily breed and show exhibition poultry.  I have been active in the APA, ABA, Cochins International and the OSPF for about 19 years.  In 1972 two broilers managed to escape from a transport truck and found their way to my yard, this was the beginning of a lifelong love of keeping poultry.  Since then I have raised most every breed and variety of chickens, waterfowl, turkeys and guineas. 
My first experience showing was at our county fair at the age of ten, I won reserve grand champion on a trio of white cochin bantams and I was hooked! I did not begin showing in sanctioned shows until the year 2000 when I learned of the Oklahoma Poultry Federation Show in Shawnee, I exhibited some birchen cochin bantams and had best variety.  Since that auspicious beginning, I have exhibited from Columbus, OH to Farmington, NM and all points in-between with varying degrees of success.  The reason for my not showing in sanctioned shows until my adulthood was due to lack of advertising on the part of the exhibition poultry fancy, I was blissfully unaware!  The advent of the internet has remedied this problem to a great extent but I feel there are still people to be reached and we must use both conventional and unconventional means to convey our message: that poultry showing is a hobby for the entire family and that chicken people are the best!  As your director I want us to be proactive as an organization and reach out to young people in the state by means of the internet but also by personally visiting local county fairs and presenting our hobby by means of seminars on exhibition poultry.  I have done this for many years across eastern Oklahoma and I can say that it is something I certainly enjoy!  Many of my poultry keeping and exhibiting seminars have grown to include interested parents and adults who want to exhibit poultry.  While I think the internet is a great resource, I feel there is just no substitute for looking a person in the eye and discussing and answering questions personally.  As your director, I will endeavor to keep the OSPF positively promoted and seek to gain new members to our organization who will be active in growing our show as the premier show in the nation.  This can only be done by members who not only exhibit birds but also work at the shows.  Each person plays a vital role in keeping a show viable: we must be hospitable, organized and professional.  Each officer must ensure that every exhibitor/member is made to feel welcome at our shows and in our organization, that each member’s opinion matters and that our shows must flow smoothly and when they don’t we must be the calm in the storm and ensure that corrections are made to accommodate the exhibitor/member.
I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the OSPF as director and will endeavor to ensure we become known as the greatest and friendliest poultry show in the nation.


Bo Garrett
Director: Britt Coppenbarger

My Name is Britt Coppenbarger I was raised in Davis, Ok, but I live in Wellston , Ok area now. I was raised around Game chickens for 25yrs. I basically took several yrs off to raise my kids. I’ve been back in the hobby for the last 15 yrs . I raise Oe Wheatens and Whites. I’ve recently added some bantam Wyandotte’s to my yard. My chickens help me deal with the daily stresses of life. I love going out in the evening, sitting on a bucket, and watching my chickens. My goal is to keep improving my birds and win some shows. I just love the camaraderie around the shows. My hope is to make our shows memorable, where people will return year after year.


Britt Coppenbarger

Director:  Janice Hall
What began as a 4-H project for her daughter, Lindsay, turned into a lifelong love of poultry for Janice Hall. A few birds they raised in 1989 for the Pontotoc County Fair paved the way for the Hall family to eventually become master breeders of both barred Plymouth Rock bantams and black Cochin bantams.  They started with white Plymouth Rocks and black Cochin bantams. Before long, they added buff Brahmas Barred Plymouth Rock bantams, and gray Call ducks.  The Barreds were husband Ron’s choice.  Their first Barreds were from Cecil Moore of Texas.  Some birds purchased from Elbert Campbell of North Carolina made a good cross with them and improved their type.  

When Lindsay left for college, Janice decided she had made too many friends in the poultry hobby to give it up.  She cut down on the number of breeds she raised in an effort to keep chore time manageable, but as with most poultry lovers, there was always another variety to try and the number being raised crept back up.   

Some or all of their family, which shows as Rock Hill Poultry, has been involved with the OSPF since first showing there in December of 1989.  Ron and Janice have both served as directors and Janice has been serving as poultry superintendent of the Pontotoc County Fair since 1991. 
There is so much information on the web now for beginners.  That was not available to the Halls when they started out.  Instead, they had Frank Bates, a former county extension agent.   Janice remembers saving all her “silly questions” for him.  He also encouraged their involvement in the OSPF.  Eugene Murnan and Billy Grimes were great mentors for Janice when it came to the Barred Rocks.   In 2005 they were at a standstill on the Black Cochins, getting zero fertility, when some Cochins from Robert Rhodes of Arkansas helped immensely in getting some quality chicks hatched. 

According to Janice, the “unpoultrified” folks often don’t understand why we raise chickens and ducks and spend all the time and expense of caring for them, but how many hobbies can give such great opportunities for travel, meeting people of all ages from many walks of life, and provide good physical activity? There are many of her poultry friends that she thinks of as family. 

Director: Ed Haworth
Ed Haworth is currently serving on his second term on the board of directors for the Oklahoma State Poultry Federation; a job he takes very seriously and is honored by.
Ed lives outside of Tahlequah, OK. Where he has been breeding Naked Neck (both large fowl and bantam) to the Standard of Perfection since 1974.  He has bred others as well, but none are as important as his Naked Necks.
Ed helped start the National Naked Neck Breeders Society back in the '80s and is currently serving as President of that breed club.
Some of you may know Ed from his "not judgin'...just sayin'" Christian ministry videos.  As a former professional rodeo clown, he is able to direct his ministry to not only his poultry friends but cowboys and cowgirls as well.
He also serves Cherokee County as a member of the Farm Bureau board of directors and as the poultry superintendent at the County Fair.

More Bios to come soon!