co.uk), South Hants Section (www.
southhantsbkks.co.uk), Worthing & District
Koi Club ( www.worthingbkks.org.uk), and
South East Section ( www.koi-clubs.com/
SouthEast). Setting up at the festival took
several days with Terry Hill (Middlesex &
Surrey Borders Section) doing a great job
as Koi Festival Coordinator. The 21 two-meter-wide blue vats to house the koi were
provided by the festival organizers, while
water was kindly provided by RO-MAN.
The koi show classes were Kohaku,
Sanke, Showa, Kin Gin Rin, Utsurimono,
Metallics, and Non-Metallics Unclassified in
sizes from 1 to 6. There were a total of 124
entries, with the last two groups having the
largest entries. Judging was done by a panel
of five to British Koi Keepers Society (BKKS)
standards. Entry to the Koi Competition
was restricted to members of the four
organizing clubs. The Grand Champion
was a beautiful Showa, size 6, owned by
Trevor Childs of South Hants Section. The
Jumbo Champion was a Non-Metallic, size
6, belonging to Mary Gillimore, also of
South Hants Section. The Baby Champion
was a Kohaku, size 2, belonging to Tim
Fischer of the South East Section.
Hobbyist Discus Champion winner Chris Arnold’s red spotted discus.
Terry and Rowena Childs purchased their
prize Showa from the Sakuma brothers
(famous for their Showa and Kohaku)
during a holiday in Japan just six months
ago, and are to complete their new 70,000-
liter (1800-gallon) heated pond later this
year. Terry and Rowena belong to two clubs,
South Hants Club and a small local club,
Dorset Koi Keepers. Both clubs meet once
a month for health forums, discussions,
and film shows in winter, while in the
summer months they have open gardens at
The Grand Champion koi, a beautiful Showa owned by Trevor Childs.
The Goldfish Society of Great Britain
(GSGB), which currently has about 150
members, hosted the GSGB Open Show
and Competition on Saturday, while on
Sunday there was the GSGB Exhibition of
Goldfish Varieties. The open show, with no
pre-qualification required as long as the
entry met the “type” test of the Nationwide
Standards, attracted 98 entries. There were
13 classes: Common Goldfish, Bristol
Shubunkin, Veiltail, Globe-eye, Lionhead,
Pearlscale, Celestial, Pom-pom, Bubble-eye, Oranda & Redcap, Broadtail Moor,
Fantail, and Comet. Best in GSGB Goldfish
Show was a Bristol shubunkin owned by
Bob Jones of Bristol A.S.
The GSGB Goldfish Show winner, a Bristol shubunkin from Bob Jones.