I arrived at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre, home to the BKKS National Koi Show – http://www.thenationalkoishow.co.uk/ – just after midday.

I’d anticipated more would be going on when I arrived, a few dealers were there already, and one or two hobbyists releasing Koi into their vats for benching, it was the calm before the storm, literally.

Aerial view of BKKS National Show 12.30

Aerial view of BKKS National Show 12.30

Many Koi have been pre-benched by owners online using the KoiShowPro Koi show management software, very much reducing the work that the benching teams needed to do.  If hobbyists had changed the Koi they were bringing at the last minute then they would need to be rebenched, and sizes were spot checked, particularly for those that were declared as being near to the maximum size for their relative size class.  Any changes could be made directly into  the show management software from an iPad.

L to R - Gary Hazley, David Pope and Iain Kirkbright benching Koi

L to R – Gary Hazley, David Pope and Iain Kirkbright benching Koi

Great to see new and young blood getting involved with both the Koi hobby and the Koi show.  I first met Kyle Jones (2nd from right) in Japan last October, somewhere he plans to visit again this October.  This was his first attempt at showing at the BKKS National.

Koi of show newbie Kyle Jones being released

Koi of show newbie Kyle Jones being released

Chip Kawalsingh however is a relatively old hand.  You can read more about Chip and his hobby in these articles – http://nishikigoi.life/?s=chip.

Chip Kawalsingh and helpers release their Koi

Chip Kawalsingh and helpers release their Koi

Throughout the afternoon grey clouds loomed overhead and at times let their contents go in showers of varying strength.  At 3.45 there was a brief respite and chance to again put the drone up.


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Aerial view of BKKS National Show and Heart of England Conference Centre in the Warwickshire countryside

Aerial view of BKKS National Show and Heart of England Conference Centre in the Warwickshire countryside

Grey clouds hanging over BKKS National 15.50

Grey clouds hanging over BKKS National 15.50

Benching and dealer set up in full swing - 15.50

Benching and dealer set up in full swing – 15.50

Here is a short video clip filmed at the same time.

Unloading bagged Koi

Unloading bagged Koi

Benching was ongoing as a steady flow of Koi continued to arrive.  For many it was a chance to catch up with old friends, and indeed catch up with Koi that their friends own.  Below the collection of Wayne ‘Sid’ Taylor.

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

As late afternoon turned into early evening the weather cleared, boding well for the weekend ahead.

Some great Koi in attendance at that show, I hope you can make it there to see them.

We will have continued coverage of the show over the weekend both here and on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/nishikigoi.life/.


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