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.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Koi Appreciation with Bernie Woollands

Bernie Woollands returned to Kangei Koi Club last night to give the his second talk on Koi Appreciation to a very well attended meeting.

On behalf of all the members we would like to say a big Thank you for an informative and entertaining talk on the finer points in appreciation on a number of varieties of koi.

We look forward to welcoming Bernie back in the future to continue the discussion on Koi Appreciation!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Our winter grow and show

The club visited Avenue Fisheries this morning to launch our first Grow and Show competition.

Tim Morphy organised the event with help from Pan and Steve who run Avenue Fisheries, and most of the club backed the event with some members making multiple entries.

This is only our second year, and we've started a Grow and Show with 25 entries, placed by 19 different members!  The youngest entrant was only 6 years old (my daughter), and I think she picked her fish quickest - she knew exactly what she wanted!

Pam and Steve run a tight ship and we benefited from their slick organisation, which helped us get through the selection process comfortably.   They prepared a vat with a wide selection of koi, and all the entries were given a unique reference to keep it simple.

Members stepped up to the vat when it was their turn and made their selection.  Steve moved the fish to an inspection bowl, classified and measured it, and named the breeder.  Then Tim took a picture and Steve moved the koi into Avenue's winter growing on facility.  The koi will have a great time in those balmy temperature being fed well and in the spring we will return to see the end result.

Steve will select the winner, which will be the koi that has developed the best.   Avenue are providing a £200 voucher for that lucky person.

The club are providing a large tub of koi food for the other prize, which is for the koi with greatest percentage increase in length.

Why not take a look at the koi entered into the competition, and let us know which one you think will win the development prize and the growth prize.

Before we get to pics of the koi, here are pics from the day.  First up, Steve from Avenue put two of the youngest Kangei members to work feeding the fish in Avenue's show ponds:

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Judge it Youself

We are running a quiz as part of the garden show, and the idea is that you judge the show yourself and work out which koi will win the top 18 awards. We’re calling it the “judge-it-for-yourself” quiz.
The quiz is open to all members – and to help you judge the show, I am sending you a copy of the same set of pictures that Gary Pritchard is using for his judging - click on the link at the bottom of this email to download them. There is one picture per koi, and the filename includes a unique four digit reference for the koi, and text to state it’s variety and size (baby, young or mature)

The benching team checking each koi

To record your answers - please fill in the entry form emailed by Adam on 25 September (if you haven't had the email please let us know and we can send it out to you), using the 4 digit koi reference; you can simply reply to Adams email and complete the form and email it back to him – or print it out and fill it in manually and hand it to Adam at the next meeting.

The fish pictures will be uploaded online soon.

The quiz winner will be the person who gets the most answers the same as Gary’s decisions.
Entry is free! And if you win, you get to keep an award shield for a whole year! And… there may even be a prize on offer too (tbc)

There is a 19th question – I would like you to nominate which is your favourite koi in the whole competition. The koi with most votes from members will win the “Members’ Favourite” award. You can use any method you like to choose this koi – it’s completely up to you.

The closing date for entries is at the end of our club meeting on Wednesday 14th November.
I would be grateful if you could get your entries in as quickly as possible though, just to help with administering the quiz.

Some pointers – the koi that wins the grand champion and reserve grand champion awards cannot win any other awards. But, a koi winning mature, young or baby champion awards could also win the best in it’s variety award too.

This is the benching matrix which shows you the number of koi entered, by size and variety - and this will give you an overall view of the koi entered and may help you as you complete the quiz sheet.
I look forward to seeing which koi you each select as your favourite...

Good luck!