This Special Pet Fish Talk Show features
audio and video from the 18th Annual Open Koi Show
presented by the Koi Club of San Diego at the Del
Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, California.
now to hear Pet Fish Talk
on Champion Koi.
This 60-minute program explores the fascinating
world of Championship Koi. What makes a champion?
Why did the fish in the video below win? Listen
to interviews with Koi fish owners and explore the
culture of Koi with AKCA Judge Doug Dahl.
Champion Koi,a Gin
that an 18"
selected as champion.
The Koi in this video,
over the other Koi, isthe
28" Gin Rin Ochibai Shigura, that
in a very
More than 200 Koi were entered in this show
by many people from many places some nearby and
some far away. There were also many booths staffed
with people selling Koi and special food for Koi,
plus ponds, pond equipment, medications, T-shirts
and jewelry with Koi themes, and many other interesting
All of this was happening in one large building
with lots of people enthusiastically looking at
the Koi and learning more about this unique hobby.
I got to the show at about 10:00 AM on Saturday
morning, and left at about 5:00 PM. I left tired,
but I'd seen lots of Koi and learned a lot more
about Koi. Best of all I'd met and talked to lots
of very nice people.
here now to listen to Head Judge Doug Dahl announce
the Grand Champion of the show. Click
here to go to another web site with the definitions
and pronunciations of many words used to describe
The two pictures, just below, show the two
Koi that Judge Dahl said far exceeded the quality
of the other Koi entered in this show.
The Grand Champion Gin Rin Showa that received the
highest award at the show. Showas are
in the Gosanke group of Koi.
A 28" Gin Rin Ochibai
Shigura, that won top honors in the
non-Gosanke group of Koi.
More Beautiful Koi
There were lots more beautiful
Koi Fish. I took pictures of several that caught
This Golden Ogon
eye. There were many beautiful Koi on
A Large Platinum Ogon
was also brought to the show by Elleanore
into the tub
holding Ginger Hernandez's Koi, that
won many awards at this Koi Show.
Long Finned Butterfly
There were also several Long Finned Butterfly
Koi that were entered in their own classes.
A Large Butterfly Koi,
Trippy, showing off his beautiful long
fins. Trippy was entered by Norm and
Another Butterfly Koi
by the Mecks. Tom wanted to name this
fish "Slick", and someone else suggested
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I recorded interviews about these wonderful
Koi with several people that day, so you could hear
their comments. I hope you enjoy hearing their friendly
comments as much as I did.
had just heard
that her Koi was judged Grand Champion.
here to listen to Kim talk about
Kim's husband, talks
about the first time he saw his Grand
Champion Koi. Click
here to listen to Vaughn.
about her Koi, a 28" Gin Rin Ochibai
Shigura, that won top honors in the
non-Gosanke group. Click
here now to listen to Elleanore.
about her Koi that won many prizes at
the show. Click
here to listen to Ginger talk about
looking down at
her long finned champion Butterfly Koi,
named Trippy, Roger, and the fish we
named "Slick". Click
here to listen to Anne talk about
The Judges !!
All the the prizes were determined by a team
of six judges, who spent over six hours carefully
evaluating all of the fish. In the end the 18" long
Gin Rin Showa, shown at the top of this page, was
awarded the Grand Championship. This was an unusual
decision, because a much bigger Koi usually wins.
Judge Doug Dahl,
is standing to the left in a short-sleeve
shirt and pointing at a particular Koi.
The three men on the right are also
Four of the Six Judges,
here, hard at work, studying the Koi
in a large tub and discussing the merits of
here now to listen to Head Judge Doug Dahl,
certified by both the Associated Koi Clubs of America
(AKCA) and by International Koi Association of Japan
(ZNA), discuss these two Koi and explain this decision.
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