Ryedale's 14th Yorkshire Show has Southern
Text and photographs, unless otherwise credited, by Dr. David
Ford of Aquatic Services
The14th Ryedale Aquarist Society annual Open Show
and Auction was held at the Old Malton Memorial Hall, Malton in North Yorkshire
on Sunday 18th May 2014. This popular Open Show had 39 Classes of fish exhibited
under YAAS rules (Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies - in 'slab-sided
tanks with a black base'). The Ryedale A.S. is a very social club and has its
own exhibits too, such as the Eggshibit where exhibitors decorate a boiled egg
to look like a fish!
The exhibits entries. As Paul and Janice Barrow, who sponsored the main
prize, were asked to judge this contest Trish Jones was allowed to enter and took
first place with her goldfish eggshibit. Photograph by David Marshall.
-Trish was part of the YAAS 'A' Class judging team alongside Trevor Douglas and
There were 96 fish entries in the Open Show that were benched
by 12 families. When you put on an Open Show you never really know what is going
and today almost a third of the entries were made by Roy Chapman,
all the way from Southend-on-Sea. Roy is a member of the Southend Leigh &
District Aquarist Society, which will celebrate its 80th year in 2015. He is hoping
for the winning maximum showing points in the year, which may well win him the
FBAS Diamond League, hence he is taking his prize fish to many Open Shows around
winner - Roy Chapman
these points were gained by this beautiful killifish.
Roy Chapman (on the left of our photograph) was the exhibitor with the most points
from fish exhibits.
- Some of these points were gained by this beautiful killifish.
is no surprise to be able to report that Roy was the most-pointed winner at the
Ryedale Show with many firsts, second and thirds. However, the two major awards
under YAAS rules are the Best in Show (single fish) and Best Exhibit (highest
pointed pairs & breeders), which this year went to Yorkshire fish owned by
the Yorkshire Club, Castleford AS.
Best in Show with 87 plus one third
point was the tiny Rasbora Microrasbora kubotai sometime called the Green or Yellow
Rasbora. This was the first ever showing by the fish owned by Jim Haworth of CAS.
Jim Haworth with Best in Show prizes
Best in Show winning fish. Photograph by Steve Grant.
Mr. Jim Haworth with Best in Show prizes
The Best in Show winning
fish. Photograph by Steve Grant.
The Best Exhibit was won by the CAS Secretary,
Steve Grant with a pair of Banjo Catfish Bunocephalus lari, one of the rarer species
of Banjos. This was also a first-time exhibit for the fish (but difficult to photograph
on the black base of the YAAS show tank!).
Grant (on the left of our photograph) is presented with show prizes by Open Show
Secretary David Marshall.||The Best exhibit award was presented
to these stunning catfishes.|
When the Ryedale
Society held their first Open Show, the North East Goldfish Society hinted that
it might be a nice idea to give a Best Goldfish Award. This hint was taken onboard
so at this event you will find the only Best goldfish Award at a general Open
Show in the North of England. As you will see from our photographs the Nelson
family of Ashby Fishkeepers took this honour with a superb Common goldfish.
Nelson with the Best Goldfish prizes. Photograph by Paul Barrow.||The
Best Goldfish. Photograph by David Marshall|
photographs below came to us courtesy of Steve Grant and show a small variety
of the fish species on the show benches
judging, an auction of fish and aquarium accessories, consisting of 12 lots, was
held. The auction lasted all afternoon with Auctioneer Steve Jones of the EAC
entertaining an audience of some 60 aquarists'. As far as I am aware, the person
who had travelled the furthest distance, with his non-fishkeeping wife for company,
in order to attend the auction had come all the way from Birmingham. Both were
so impressed by the friendly atmosphere of the event as a whole that they promised
to return in 2015.
photographs were taken from the stage by Richard Hebden. Can you spot any familiar
Hot & Cold Food and drinks were available all day and there was
one commercial stand by Fishphilosophy of Worksop. Mr. George Baker, who has just
re-joined the Ryedale A.S. after a twenty year break from fishkeeping, was also
present, selling tickets, with the groups permission, for a special raffle. The
proceeds of this raffle will help to send his Granddaughter on a special project
to help with a housing project in Borneo.
The Ryedale members send their
thanks, through me, to the small army of helpers from the Y.A.A.S. and Caer Urfa
Aquarist Society (TTAAFBAS) for their wonderful help, to all the exhibitors who
brought along their best fish, to the people who brought their auction 'lots',
aquatic industry and tourist attractions for their generous support, to all their
friends who made the journey to be with us and the large number of interested
visitors from the Ryedale area who came along to view the fish exhibits.
2015 the Ryedale Aquarist Society will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary Year
and knowing 'the little club with a big heart' they will have a special Open Show
planned so if you were unable to attend this year keep an eye open for details.
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