The 2019 North of England Koi Show was staged by the North East Koi Club, a section of the British Koi Keepers Society,  on the 24th and 25th August in Sunderland.

The indoor venue of the sports hall at Whitburn C. of E. Academy provided a nice pleasant temperature controlled environment, for both Koi and visitors, with outside temperatures hitting 28°C on the Sunday.  It also had excellent natural light for viewing the Koi.

A total of 29 pools were set up and 189 Koi were entered.  Water quality was maintained with a constant fill system which seemingly proved extremely effective across the weekend, the water remaining spotless in all vats.

Show pools at the North of England Koi Show

Show pools at the North of England Koi Show

Several dealers were in attendance, as well as a bonsai display and a couple of local craft stands.

Dealer, craft and bonsai stands

Dealer, craft and bonsai stands

Absolute Koi provided considerable support and had a large stand space displayed ProfiDrum products, for which they are the UK distributor, as well as Momotaro Koi, Bacteria House Media, large Matsuda pan nets, Japanese auto feeders and Hikari Koi food.

Absolute Koi/ProfiDrum stand

Absolute Koi/ProfiDrum stand

Jan and Anke Hogendoorn, designers and manufacturers of the ProfiDrum were also over from Holland to answer any customers’ questions regarding the still growing and developing ProfiDrum range of products.


Paid banner advert - put your ad here for just £50 per month

Absolute Koi/ProfiDrum stand

Absolute Koi/ProfiDrum stand

Koi for sale on Absolute Koi stand

Koi for sale on Absolute Koi stand

Range of specialist products on Koi for sale on Absolute Koi stand

Range of specialist products on Koi for sale on Absolute Koi stand

Speaking to Darren Gray of Absolute Koi he stated that they have made a decision to support and attend 3 shows each year, this one, the National which has already passed in June, and the All England Show which takes place next month.  Such industry support is vital to rejuvenate what has been a rather flagging UK Koi show scene of late.  Hopefully others will follow suit.

Mid morning the team of 4 BKKS judges set about their task of awarding the prizes to the 189 Koi which were entered into 13 variety classes and 7 size groups.

Judges, left to right, Gary Hazley, Bernie Woollands, Gary Pritchard, Jasmin Ryan

Judges, left to right, Gary Hazley, Bernie Woollands, Gary Pritchard, Jasmin Ryan

Grand Champion trophy sponsored by Absolute Koi

Grand Champion trophy sponsored by Absolute Koi

Trophies

Trophies

Grand Champion on the day was awarded to Wayne Taylor’s size 7 Kohaku, a Koi bred by Matsue Koi Farm and supplied by Mike Snaden of Yume Koi.

Grand Champion. Kohaku, Size 7, Owned by Wayne Taylor, Bred by Matsue Koi Farm, Supplied by Yume Koi

Grand Champion.
Kohaku,
Size 7,
Owned by Wayne Taylor,
Bred by Matsue Koi Farm,
Supplied by Yume Koi

Wayne, and this Koi, are no strangers to show success.  This Kohaku was Mature Champion at the North of England Show in 2018, and Wayne is a regular exhibitor, and winner of prizes, at the BKKS National Koi Show and the All England Koi Show.

I think few would or could have argued that on the day this was indeed a worthy winner of the Grand Champion prize.

Wayne also took the Mature and Adult Champion prizes as well to go with his haul of 3 major champions.


Paid banner advert - put your ad here for just £50 per month

Wayne Taylor with Grand, Mature and Adult Champion trophies

Wayne Taylor with Grand, Mature and Adult Champion trophies

Mature Champion and Best in Size 7, Sanke, Owned by Wayne Taylor, Bred by Momotaro Koi Farm, Supplied by Yume Koi

Mature Champion and Best in Size 7,
Sanke,
Owned by Wayne Taylor,
Bred by Momotaro Koi Farm,
Supplied by Yume Koi

Adult Champion, Best Kohaku, and Best in Size 5 Kohaku, Owned by Wayne Taylor, Supplied by Yume Koi

Adult Champion, Best Kohaku, and Best in Size 5
Kohaku,
Owned by Wayne Taylor,
Supplied by Yume Koi

Young Champion was taken by a Kohaku entered by Robert Robson, another hobbyist who shows throughout the UK as well as now dipping his toes the All Japan Koi Show scene.  This particular Kohaku, bred by Nishikigoi Niigata Direct, was previously entered into the International Junior Koi Show in Niigata, Japan.

Young Champion and Best in Size 4, Kohaku, Owned by Robert Robson, Bred by NND

Young Champion and Best in Size 4,
Kohaku,
Owned by Robert Robson,
Bred by NND

Robert Robson receiving the Young Champion trophy from Stephen Grey

Robert Robson receiving the Young Champion trophy from Stephen Grey

Baby Champion was awarded to a size 2 Kohaku entered by Tony Brown.

Baby Champion and Best in Size 2, Kohaku, Owned by Tony Brown

Baby Champion and Best in Size 2,
Kohaku,
Owned by Tony Brown

Tony Brown receiving the Baby Champion trophy from Stephen Grey

Tony Brown receiving the Baby Champion trophy from Stephen Grey

 

You can see video of the above major champions below.

 


Paid banner advert - put your ad here for just £50 per month

The overall standard of Koi on display at the show really was excellent, the video below features just a few more of them, some winners, some that didn’t quite make the required level on the day in a very competitive field.

 

The show really was an excellent event, with a great atmosphere all weekend, a credit to all those that were part of it, whether organiser, exhibitor or visitor.  I for one will certainly look forward to visiting again in 2020 and will put it in the diary as soon as the date is confirmed.

You can find out more about the North East Koi Club on their website – http://www.northeastkoiclub.co.uk


Paid banner advert - put your ad here for just £50 per month