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.
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.
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.
Friday, 29 March 2013
Monday, 25 March 2013
The koi were all between 19cm-29cm on purchase, and were grown on indoors at 20deg, in Avenues growing on facility. We ran a dual competition, first prize of a £200 koi voucher went to the koi that had shown the best development, and second prize of £100 koi voucher went to the koi that had shown the biggest percentage growth from it's initial size. Both vouchers were kindly donated by Avenue Fisheries.
All koi were bowled one by one, measured, and the better 6 were placed into a separate bowl for the final judging, which was done by Pam and Steve of Avenue. The competition was tough, with 6 showa making the final. After much deliberation, the winning koi, a Takahashi Showa owned by Mark Seymour was chosen as the koi that had shown the best development. Mark was over the moon, taking home a quality koi that was 4 times it's initial purchase value, and a £200 voucher to boot!. Well done Mark!
Second prize was given to a Yagenji Shiro Utsuri, bought by me, Tim Morphy, which had grown from 22cm to a whopping 30.5cm! A total increase of 38.6%. And although it sounds silly including the 0.6%, it was so close, that 3 koi were in the 38% class. I'm very pleased with the koi, and never thought i'd be in the running being 19th out of 21 people to choose, especially with a Shiro. Just goes to show everyone is in with a chance.
All koi have been photographed, before and after, and a powerpoint presentation will be drafted up by Bob for the April club meeting on the 10th of April, please come along, as we are hoping to do something similar later this year, so a good opportunity to see what to expect if you missed this event.
Keep an eye out for the presentation which will be posted here next month.
A huge thank you to Pam and Steve from Avenue Fisheries for making this even possible, providing some excellent koi at good prices, and also sponsoring the event with 2 very generous koi vouchers. Also worth noting was the condition of the koi, which was excellent.
Steve and Pam choosing the winning koi
Mark Seymour's winning Takahashi Showa
Tim Morphy's growth winning Yagenji Shiro Utsuri
Club members discussing the koi's development
The 6 finalists
The rest of the koi
A snowy and cold Avenue Fisheries
Mark (right) accepting the winning koi trophy
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Many thanks to Richard Hadley from Oase for providing a very interesting insight into the company, its products and, more specifically, their uses in the koi hobby.
It was very interesting to hear that Dutch hobbyists tend to design their systems with very short return pipes and little or no head - enabling the exceptionally low wattage Aquamax Gravity Eco pumps to be used. It's not a pump I've heard many UK hobbyists use, but could it be an effective alternative to an airlift system where some limited head has to be overcome, e.g. to return over a pond wall???
Also, there was a very interesting word of warning for anyone looking to buy exceptionally cheap Oase products - Oase and their product dealers DO NOT sell on ebay. Products bought from ebay, even if they are advertised as brand new, unopened products, will NOT be covered by the Oase warranty!!
Thanks again for a very interesting and enjoyable evening Richard and also for your very generous donation of an Oase PondoVac for us to auction/raffle to support club funds.
Our next meeting will be at Avenue Fisheries on Sunday 24th March when our winter Grow and Show selections will be seen for the first time since they were chosen last autumn - and the winners will be announced!
That meeing will be immediately followed by a lunchtime pond visit to Sharon and Tim's pond.