On the weekend of the 23rd and 24th September the All England Koi Show firmly cemented itself as the premier Koi show in the UK, and in terms of Koi entries perhaps the premier show in Europe.

One of the undoubted stars and highlights of the show for many visitors was the Grand Champion, a Sakai Fish Farm bred Sanke owned by Raad Hassan.  This Koi was no stranger to the UK show scene, and certainly no stranger to the All England Koi Show as it was the 3rd consecutive year that this Koi had been awarded the Grand Champion prize, a fantastic testament to the quality of the Koi and the keeping skills of the owner.

Raad Hassan (left) receiving the GC Plate at the 2017 All England Koi Show

Raad Hassan (left) receiving the GC Plate at the 2017 All England Koi Show

The group of pictures below (copyright of individual images is not known, but acknowledged) was actually shared on Facebook by Raad back in October 2015 and raised itself again when people started commenting on it following the Koi’s latest victory.

The montage of photos track the Koi’s development from when purchased by Raad at Sakai Fish Farm back in 2010 when she was 3 years old through to when she took Grand Champion at the All England Show in 2015.

Top Row (left to right) - 11/2010 (When bought as Sansai), 2/2012 (Winter Show), 6/2013 (BKKS National) Bottom Row (left to right) - 6/2014 (BKKS National), 6/2015 (BKKS National), 9/2015 (All England)

Top Row (left to right) – 11/2010 (When bought as Sansai), 2/2012 (Winter Show), 6/2013 (BKKS National)
Bottom Row (left to right) – 6/2014 (BKKS National), 6/2015 (BKKS National), 9/2015 (All England)

I had seen and photographed the Koi in 2015 at both the BKKS National and All England Koi Show, the pictures below are my photos taken on those 2 occasions. I had one overriding memory of those 2 occasions, that being for all the Koi’s quality she never seemed 100% comfortable in the show vat, swimming with an awkward motion of both her body and pectoral fins.

June 2015 - BKKS National Koi Show

June 2015 – BKKS National Koi Show

September 2015 - All England Koi Show

September 2015 – All England Koi Show

As soon as I saw her at the 2017 All England Show on Saturday morning it immediately struck me how relaxed she was, gently cruising around the show pool with the almost equally impressive Kohaku that accompanied her, a mere baby at 3 years old, compared to the 10 years of the Sanke.


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Not only was she swimming much better than previously, her overall quality seemed better than I’d recalled in 2015, the skin looked bright and youthful, the sumi was deep and glossy.  The tiny reddening of the leading edge of the pecs, seemingly a recurring problem when she’s transported to shows, just paled to insignificance compared to the rest of the quality.

I stated on Facebook on Saturday morning, and to others I spoke with at the show, that she was, in my opinion the best I’d ever seen her.  I was not alone based on others responses both in person and online.

The images and video below all taken on Sunday morning at the show after the Koi had been awarded the Grand Champion prize.

September 2017 - All England Koi Show

September 2017 – All England Koi Show

September 2017 - All England Koi Show

September 2017 – All England Koi Show

September 2017 - All England Koi Show

September 2017 – All England Koi Show

September 2017 - All England Koi Show

September 2017 – All England Koi Show

September 2017 - All England Koi Show

September 2017 – All England Koi Show

September 2017 - All England Koi Show

September 2017 – All England Koi Show

 

To have not only raised this Koi for 7 years and retained its quality, but truly improved its quality is a great achievement by Raad who humbly stated, ‘Credit goes to SFF for breeding such a wonderful Sanke. Thank you again Kentaro san for giving me access to such great koi. P.S. the kohaku in the video is great too!’


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I’ve got to agree regarding the Kohaku.  I was surprised it didn’t win a higher prize, but watch this space, I think we might see it again in the coming years…….

See all of the major winners at the 2017 All England Koi Show here – http://nishikigoi.life/2017/09/24/major-winners-2017-england-koi-show/.

For more information about the South East Koi Club who organise the show visit – http://www.koi-clubs.com/southeast/  – or find them on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/SouthEastKoiClub/.

 


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