The Summer Garden Show

For the past few years one of the most popular annual events in the club diary is the garden show. In the past two years Gary Pritchard (BKKS judge) has visited the members ponds and judged our koi with some fantastic prizes.

Guest Speakers

During the Monthly Club Nights (second Wednesday of the month) we have a number of guest speakers coming to visit us. Always some of the best attended nights and in 2014 we had Mark Davis, Kevin Ellis, Malcolm Green Lee Burroughs etc.

Club Days Out

The club members are looking to be out and about a lot during 2015. Please see some of the visits to koi shows and koi retailers.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Club Members Helping Harvest A Mud Pond at Cuttlebrook Koi Farm

Several of our members were at Cuttlebrook Koi Farm helping Mark and Lisa Davis harvest the mud pond they have been growing koi on to nissai and older.  I had the pleasure of being invited along for the first time last year and once again this year the excitement built as Mark and his team netted the mud pond and started pulling out koi.

Many thanks to Mark and Lisa for inviting me and a few fellow Kangei members along once again, and here are a selection of over 100 photos that tell the stories of the day.

Cuttlebrook Koi Farm - Mud pond harvesting

Many of these fish will be finding their way into the sales tanks for their harvest day on Sunday 30th September, and you can find details here:

Several members will be helping at that harvest day again, and others will simply be there perusing and perhaps adding to their collections.  See you there.

Happy koi keeping

Adam Byer

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Kangei Summer BBQ

To coincide with the Garden Show held on Saturday, Adam and Amanda hosted a summer BBQ following the final stop of the day at their pond. Despite the coolish evening the BBQ was well attended by members and partners so much so that the small lane outside the Byers home was somewhat full with cars.

Adam and Amanda only moved house back in April, and their lovely collection of Koi are now housed in a large holding pond, that Adam had carefully set up in the garden. I wont feature the fish in this post as all the fish from all the ponds entered in the Garden Show will be featured in due course to allow the members to vote for their own favorite.

Benching at Adams pond before the evening BBQ

Adams current holding pond in the background

On behalf of everyone who attended I'd like to thank Adam and Amanda for their kind hospitality and a great evening!


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Kangei Visits the SE's All England Koi Show

We've visited a few shows this year, and coordinated our gathering for the Monday of the show.  I profess we spent a little too much time sat down having a natter over lunch, but did get to take in the enormity of the show.

We reviewed our pictures at the last Kangei meeting, and it was a stark reminder of the sheer quality on display.  I was the only member exhibiting at the show and was fortunate to come away with a few well earned awards.  But as we pages through the pics, there seemed an endless stream of fantastic go sanke and also other varieties too.

I asked members how they felt about the show and everyone agreed it was the best show they've visited this year.  A couple of members picked up new fish, benefiting from some of the attractive prices dealers were putting on.

It's on our schedule again for next year and thank you to the whole SE show team for pulling out all the stops again and supporting the UK koi community with what is effectively a national show.  And it's pleasing they've recognised the broad support they have around the country by naming the show the All England Show.

I took a few photos which I can share with you here.  Here are the exhibitors who won the overall champions:

And here are the overall champions.

Grand Champion

Grand Champion - Scott Jenkins - Showa

Reserve Grand Champion

Reserve Champion - Raad Hassan - Kohaku

Mature Champion

Mature Champion - Tim Fisher - Sanke

Adult Champion:

Adult Champion - Raad Hassan - Sanke

Young Champion:

Young Champion - Andrew & Penny Moorby

Sorry Andrew and Penny; the pic just didnt come out well!  You can see this fantastic koi on the SE Club's Facebook page here:

Baby Champion:

Baby Champion - Tony & Elaine Thompson - Kohaku

Best Non Go Sanke

Best Non-GoSanke - James Carter - Tancho

 Jumbo Champion

Jumbo - James Carter - 96cm Hikarimuji

 Congratulations to all the exhibitors for their awards, and particularly to the overall winners above.

Here are a selection of over 75 pictures of a wide variety of koi in the show vats:
SE Koi Club's "All England Show" 2012

And finally, some pics from around the show ground

SE Koi Club's "All England Show" 2012 - Around the show ground

Until next year......

Happy koi keeping

Adam Byer

Friday, 21 September 2012

We’re having a “Garden Show” !

The club is going well; we’ve been picking up members each month and we are starting to be large enough to run more types of events


The next big thing at Kangei is our first Garden Show – we started planning a photo show and thanks to the support from members and friends of the club in the koi community we are making the show a garden style version which is basically where our Judge joins us for the benching.  This means the Judge gets to see all the koi being entered and can make notes on each one during the benching – it facilitates a more comprehensive judging process compared to a pure photo show – where the judge just has the photo to go on and has never seen the koi being exhibited.

I have been humbled by the broad support in the koi community our emerging club has been receiving, show by organisations and individuals giving us a helping hand.

Thank you to Avenue Fisheries for being the show sponsor, and they are helping us to make the show something special.

We are hosting a summer BBQ on the evening at the end of the first day’s benching and this is also where we will draw our summer raffle.  Thanks to JKC for providing the raffle prizes.

We have asked friends in the koi community to help support the event by donating trophies for the main prizes, and we have a few already donated from individuals and organisations including CKF and PKDA.
The Garden Show is mostly about enjoying our koi and the friendships we have in the club, but there it is also a competition ofcourse.

Our show classes are made up from 3 sizes as follows:

Baby (amalgamating bkks sizes 1 and 2, ie 10cm to 35cm)
Young (amalgamating bkks sizes 3 and 4 from 35cm to 55cm)
Mature (everything in bkks size 5 and over, ie over 55cm)

And, we are sticking with the standard set of BKKS varieties as follows:

Kohaku, Sanke, Showa, Utsurimono, Bekko, Asagi/Shusui, Koromo, Kawarimono, Hikarimuji-mono, Mikarimoyo-mono, Hikari-utsuri, Kinginrin, Tancho

Setting the number and types of awards has been tough – we want to create enough competition so the awards have been won with sufficient competiton, but we also want to provide enough awards to give our members the chance to profile their best koi across all varieties.  So, this is what we are going for:

Grand Champion
Reserve Grand Champion

Jumbo Champion – this is awarded by the benching team (ie not the judge) to the longest koi in the competition
In each size/variety class - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
In each size - 1st (which is the baby champ, young champ, mature champ), 2nd, 3rd
Best doitsu – 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Best non-go sanke – 1st, 2nd, 3rd
In each variety - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Most unique – awarded to one koi
Prizes – awarded to one exhibitor
Best koi collection
Members’ favourite (tbc)

The results will be announced at our December meeting – yes December!  The wait will be agonising, but worth it because we will announce results in parallel with Gary Pritchard’s slide show and presentation on the koi exhibited.  The 2 and a half month gap also gives us a chance to run a Judge-it-for-yourself quiz.  All Kangei members will be able to enter, and they will be shown photos of all the fish exhibited and all they have to do it pick the winning koi for the 5 overall champions, and the best in variety for each of the 13 varieties.  The member who gets the most answers the same as the koi Gary judges to have won each award – wins our Judge-it-for-yourself competition!

That gives all the members something to play for whether they are exhibiting or not.

We will make more announcements and provide updates on the show after benching this weekend.

Happy koi keeping


Thursday, 13 September 2012

Grow and Show Competition

Further to the discussion at the last meeting regarding a club grow and show competition, and the good response from the members that were there, Tim has contacted Pam at Avenue fisheries, asking if she would run it for us. She has very kindly agreed, and will hold the koi once purchased for the duration, so it will be a fair competition. The competition will include various varieties of koi, showa, kohaku, ochiba, kujaku, chag, doitsu etc to name a few, so something for everyone's taste. . 

The date set for choosing of the koi will be Sunday morning on the 7th October. 

 The process will be as follows:
* Members will meet at Avenue at 10am on Sunday 7th October, money paid
* You will be given time to look at the selected koi (there will be many on offer) 
* Everyones name will be put into a hat, first out, first choice etc
* Photos of each koi will be taken when chosen. Both you and Pam will have a copy via email
* The koi will be grown on heated at Avenue until Easter 2013
* Pam will decide the winners
* A day will be set closer to the time for the results and prize giving to suit members/Avenue
* Two prizes will be on offer, an Avenue koi voucher to the koi with the largest increase in length, and a club prize for the koi that has shown the greatest improvement in quality

Lastly, please feel free to bring your partners, who are more than welcome to buy koi also, time to see which of you has the best eye!. Just let me know if they will be entering. 

We will discuss this further at Adams BBQ on the 22nd, after the photo show day. I'll see you there.
 Avenue Fisheries:
 Avenue Fisheries Ltd.
 46 Rookery Road
 MK44 3AX
 Tel: 01480 215408
 Fax: 01480 211557

Monday, 3 September 2012

Kangei visits Steve's Pond

Steve built his first pond a couple of years ago and has been slowly building his koi collection.
I’ve seen lots of pictures of the pond and koi since meeting Steve at Kangei and this was our first opportunity to see the fruits of his labour first hand.
This is Steve and Kim’s first pond and to their credit they've built a pond that most people would be proud of as their final dream pond - it looks good and under the hood is a practical filtration system plumbed in a way that makes it easy for Steve to manage, and the pond provides a comfortable home for the koi.