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Champion Koi, Koi Show, Judging Koi, Buying Koi, and Raising Champion Koi.
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.  
     
Click here 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.  
 
 
 

  The Grand
Champion

Koi, a Gin
Rin Showa
about 18
inches long,
It's unusual
that an 18"
Koi is
selected as  champion.
     

  The Koi
in this video,
that swims
over the other Koi, is the
28" Gin Rin Ochibai Shigura, that
was judged
second
in a very
interesting
decision.
 
 
 
 
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 items.
 
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.
 
Click 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 Koi.
 
   
Some Beautiful Koi !!  
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.  
   
Grand Champion Gin Rin Showa Koi.   The Grand Champion
Gin Rin Showa that received the highest award at the show. Showas are in the Gosanke group of Koi.
     
Gin Rin Ochibai Shigura Champion Koi in non-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 my eye.    
     
Golden Ogon Koi   This Golden Ogon
caught everyone's eye. There were many beautiful Koi on display.
     
A Platinum Ogon Koi.   A Large Platinum Ogon
that was also brought to the show by Elleanore Phillips.
     
A tub full of beautiful Koi.   Looking Down
into the tub holding Ginger Hernandez's Koi, that won many awards at this Koi Show.
   
     
Long Finned Butterfly Koi.    
There were also several Long Finned Butterfly Koi that were entered in their own classes.    
     
Butterfly Koi   A Large Butterfly Koi,
named Trippy, showing off his beautiful long fins. Trippy was entered by Norm and Anne Meck.
     
Butterfly Koi   Another Butterfly Koi
entered by the Mecks. Tom wanted to name this fish "Slick", and someone else suggested "Morris".
   
 
 
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Friendly People !!  
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.  
   
Kim Monis and her husband, Vaughn, owners of the Champion Koi.   Kim Monis
had just heard that her Koi was judged Grand Champion. Click here to listen to Kim talk about her fish.
     
  Vaughn,
Kim's husband, talks about the first time he saw his Grand Champion Koi. Click here to listen to Vaughn.
 
   
  Elleanore Phillips
talking 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.
     
  Ginger Hernandez
talking about her Koi that won many prizes at the show. Click here to listen to Ginger talk about her Koi.
     
  Anne Meck
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 them.
 
 
 
 
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.  
   
Champion Koi being judged.   Head 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 judges.
     
Judges looking at Champion Koi.   Four of the Six Judges,
shown here, hard at work, studying the Koi in a large tub and discussing the merits of each fish.
 
   
Click 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. Click here to read more about how Koi are judged.  
   
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