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The Goldfish Council Show Program

The Goldfish Council Show Program

Author: Gary Hater

Contributors: Joshua McWilliams and Mark Rausa

Editors: Amy Sims-Shonka

The Goldfish Council TM is a nonprofit 501c3 charity that is designed to educate and promote the goldfish hobby. Part of our education program is having events and judging shows and workshops. In 2016, we instituted new goldfish standards and provided the hobby with certified judges. After working on several workshops and operating numerous shows we are launching our show program.

Philosophically, TGC wants all competitions to be fair and enjoyable for the exhibitors and the visitors. TGC shows will be a learning opportunity for all involved. To promote these philosophies, we have developed several show and workshop protocols;

  • TGC will supply one or two certified judges. In the event of more than 100 entries, a third and fourth judge may be added.
  • Open reasoning judging is preferred. The judges will openly discuss the attributes of many fishes out loud so the public can listen to the judging process. This discussion is not interactive, but designed to be educational.
  • When/if the judge knows the fish entered, either because they assisted someone with a purchase or the bred the fish entered etc., the judge may recuse themselves from judging those entries. In those cases, another judge will take over judging those entries.
  • Shows allow for hobbyist fish, recently purchased from a vendor fish and breeder’s fish. All three types of these fish provide unique opportunities for the audience and the exhibitors.
  • TGC currently provides for four types of container formats; a bowl show, a small tank format (7-10 gal.), medium tank format (20 gal. high or long) for one to three fishes and a combination tank and bowl format.
  • For all TGC shows we offer a minimum of three major awards;
    • Best in Show (Grand Champion)
    • The Goldfish Council Award (best in show fish that was bred in North America and is raised by the breeder or hobbyist)
    • Reserve Grand Champion (fish <3” body length).
  • Awards typically include a “rosette” and a food donation for the top three. It is possible to have people donate trophies to supplement the awards or replace the rosettes or food prizes.
  • Other awards may include; best Veiltail, best single tail, best eyed fish, best in sub show Grand Champion (most often given to a Ranchu Bowl show), audience pick, rare goldfish award, and other numerous best in class/honorable mentions.
  • The judges have large latitude to handle fish, move from one class to another (<3” or >3”), disqualify sick fish or late entries. Often the disqualifications are conducted without the audience being aware.
  • TGC has developed standards and a judging form based on points and fish condition.

The above bullets are detailed below;

Certified Judges:

TGC has trained and appointed several judges as of July 1, 2018. The non active judges largely took the training in order to increase their knowledge of the hobby and to allow for wiser purchases . Certified judges are committed to use the TGC standards and scorecards. They are also committed to a code of conduct which makes great efforts to prevent bias and ensure integrity of the show.

Open Judging:

Open Reasoning Judging is a procedure that allows the judges to discuss the positive attributes of each fish out loud so the audience can listen and learn. In Open Reasoning Judging, it will be customary for a judge to recuse themselves if they know the fish, the breeder, or perhaps helped the individual select the fish for purchase.

Fish come from three main areas:

A fish show should provide a glimpse to the event participants of what fish are the best in the hobby. To provide the best fish, TGC encourages fish from several segments of the hobby. These include;

  • Hobbyist raised fish. Purchased from any source and raised by hobbyist.
  • Vender fish brought for the event
  • Amateur bred fish that are being raised by the breeder or by another hobbyist.

*Note it is unethical to borrow/rent a fish for entry.

We (TGC) provides the Best in Show, The Goldfish Council and Reserve Grand Champion awards. The Best in Show award often goes to an imported recently purchased fish, these are often giant and extreme quality fish that everyone loves to see. Historically the breeders felt short changed or cheated by allowing these fish to often win, because the hobbyist put little effort into this specimen. The recently purchased fish provides the event participants the opportunity to see the best show fish in the hobby regardless of source, and it promotes fish keeping. It also encourages the vendors at the show to bring the best quality stock available for sale and viewing.

The Goldfish Council has created the TGC Award for hobbyist bred fish. These fish can be entered by the breeder or the hobbyist raising the fish. From a status point of view the TGC Award represents high achievement by the amateur breeder.

An amateur bred fish can win Best in Show and if it does the next best amateur bred fish wins the TGC Award. Also note the TGC Award can go to a fish <3”.

It should also be noted that some shows allow entries to be mailed to the event for entry in the show. Typically, this is designed for Ranchu or Breeders small fish shows, it is not extended to importers and brokers.

Workshops and Ranchu shows often have different rules and awards. For example, a Ranchu show is typically in bowls and there are three classes Tosai, Nisai and Oya.

The Goldfish Council is open to new formats for events, but require a Board of Director’s discussion and vote.

Containers for show:

We have used four type of container configurations for shows; Bowls for individual fish, 7 to 10 gallon tanks for individual fish, 20 gallon tanks for one to three fish per tank, combination shows where most fish are in tanks and select varieties are in bowls. Photo references are below;

Combination bowl and small tank show in Beavercreek, Ohio.

A 20 gallon show in Orlando Florida. (not a TGC show, but TGC supported.)

All variety, 2017 bowl show, West Coast Palooza I, San Jose CA.

Ranchu Competition in bowls, Cincinnati Ohio

Combination tank and bowl show Richmond VA.

Small tank show Mechanicville VA

Awards:

As of summer, 2018 typical shows rarely have one hundred fish entered. As the shows get large the rosettes are gradually replaced with sponsor based trophies. Presently the Rosettes are generally complimented with food awards.

Show rosettes from a recent Virginia show.

Grand Champion Award West Coast Palooza II, Jan Jose CA

Cumulative Points:

In 2019, The Goldfish Council will record points for placement in sponsored and supported show that our members participate in. Below are the points that are awarded per show for placement. At the end of the year, exhibitor of the year will be announced. The following sponsored or supported shows are in play;

Orlando, FL – March 2019

Austin TX – April 2019

Louisville KY- May 2019

Beavercreek OH- June 2019

Raleigh NC- June – 2019

San Jose CA- June/July 2019

Additional shows and workshops can be added. On line shows and competitions are not included.

We realize that some of the supported shows do not have a The Goldfish Council Award.

Award Points
Best In Show/Grand Champion 100
The Goldfish Council Award 100
Reserve Grand Champion 50
Class (es) 10 each class
Novice 25
Friendship Award 25
Best -Tosai, Nisai, or Oya (Ranchu) 50 each
Judges Award 50
Best Pond Fish/Single Tail 25

Note, as we gain sponsors we may have additional sponsorship awards, these awards will be awarded 25 points each.

In the fourth quarter of each year the Board will announce The Goldfish Council Exhibitor of the Year Award.

The Set Up

With a few exceptions, the show typically rents tables, chairs, and tents.

Here is the typical set up list;

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Bracing for tables (self-made)
  • Aeration manifold and pump
  • SAFE – water conditioner ( or PRIME)
  • Entry forms, judging forms, vendor forms a set of standards
  • Registered and paid spreadsheet
  • Oxygen, bags and rubberbands
  • Trophies & Ribbons
  • Tents (if outside)
  • Extension cords
  • 2 certified judges (one is acceptable)
  • Recording person for Judging
  • Cash box with change
  • Drinks and Food
  • Hoses and potable water
  • Liability Event Insurance depending on the venue
  • Dedicated Photographer
  • At least 4 volunteers
  • Night Security if outside
  • 2 to 10 vendors ( a fee is generally charged)
  • A minimum of three local people to assist with set up and tear down.

Entry forms, Judging forms, Vendor Forms

TGC has developed a series of forms for use at shows and events. Additionally, we have a staff that can set up Pay Pal payment on the web site for advance payment.

Electricity, Water and Rectangle table, & 2 chairs will be provided for each vendor. You will need provide all materials needed to pack your fish for transport, display and holding tanks, (if you are selling live fish). This is an outdoor event and a tent is recommended.

Vendors may sell anything they deem appropriate for this type of event including but not limited to live fish, hard goods, plants, art & setups.

We ask all vendors to be respectful of our Host and his facilities especially when it concerns anything of Bio-Security and health of his Koi and Goldfish.

Tradeshow space can be reserved for $300.00, additional tables and chairs are available upon special request and will be $25 per table and $10 per chair.

Please email this completed form and a file containing your company’s logo to our West Coast Goldfish Palooza Chair [email protected]

Payment can be sent via PayPal to [email protected]

Please have this form submitted as soon as possible our cutoff date for getting your Logo in printed material for the event is May 31st 2018.

If you have any questions, contact is provided below for the Committee Chair and members;

Mark Rausa – Committee Chair, [email protected]

Gary Hater – [email protected]

Joshua McWilliams – [email protected]

Example Event Survey Form: (either handed out at the event or emailed)

Goldfish Palooza I – San Jose, CA

August 25-27, 2017

We ask that you complete this survey before you leave the Genki facility today. We hope you were satisfied with this event and hope to use this brief survey to make future educational projects better. Thanks for coming and we hope to see you again soon.

Please rate the following Seminars from 1 to 5

(1=too basic, 3= about right, 5 = too advanced)

SEMINAR 0NE – Detailed DIY food, Steamed Eggs and Gel Food

PLEASE RATE THIS SEMINAR;

CIRCLE ONE 1 2 3 4 5

Was the content clear? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Was the enough time for questions? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Would a live DEMO be better? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

SEMINAR TWO – The Art and Nutrition of grooming for show and competition.

PLEASE RATE THIS SEMINAR;

CIRCLE ONE 1 2 3 4 5

Was the content clear? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Was the enough time for questions? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Would a Case History be beneficial? CIRCLE ONE Yes/ No

SEMINAR THREE – Using standards to buy breeding or show fish, Top View Ranchu, Side View Ranchu, Butterflies, Orandas, and Ryukins (Don’t know if the varieties need to be written since most all are listed? )

PLEASE RATE THIS SEMINAR;

CIRCLE ONE 1 2 3 4 5

Was the content clear? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Was the enough time for questions? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Should we have gone over each standard form the web site? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Was there a variety that you would have liked to have discussed that wasn’t mentioned? Variety:____________________

SEMINAR 4 Fundamentals of breeding and raising fry

PLEASE RATE THIS SEMINAR;

CIRCLE ONE 1 2 3 4 5

Was the content clear? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Was the enough time for questions? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Does the culling section bother you? CIRCLE ONE Yes / No

Please rate the Q &A by Jennifer Lynx

PLEASE RATE THIS SEMINAR;

CIRCLE ONE 1 2 3 4 5

Does it need anything? _________________________________________________________

Please rate the Discussion by Neil Teitler

PLEASE RATE THIS SEMINAR;

CIRCLE ONE 1 2 3 4 5

Does it need anything? _________________________________________________________

Please rate the Bowl Competition (X =all that apply)

PLEASE RATE THIS SEMINAR;

CIRCLE ONE 1 2 3 4 5

Too Small ____, About expected for a first year event ____, Better in Tanks _______

Should be expanded to more varieties _______, Liked the judging _______

Did you like the Raffle? Yes / No

Would you expand it? Yes / No

Did you enjoy the Vendor Sales? Yes / No

Will you be likely to attend again? Yes/No

Please feel free to write comments on the back of this form or send comments to [email protected]

Thank You for joining us.

Registration and Payment Form:

The Judging Form: Below is the standard judging form and a copy of a used Judging form. Each variety has a form developed a part of the standard. Under Criteria the judge rates the individual fish according to the following; Head, Back/Hump, Deportment, Body Conformation, Tail, Fins, Condition, Eyes, Scales. Each of the Criteria are rated and these ratings for each of the criteria become the multiplier. Rating choices are;

Excellent – Exc (5)

Very Good – VG (4)

Good – G (3)

Fair – F (2)

Poor – P (1)

Then each of the criteria are multiplied by the Weight. The Weight or the points are slightly different for different varieties. Once the Criteria is multiplied by the Weight these values are accumulated to get a grand total for each fish. There is is room for Remarks and Judges Initials.

GOLDFISH SHOW REMARKS CARD

The Goldfish Council

Show: ____________________________________ Date:_______________________________

Breed:_Ryukin Variety:______________________________

Entry No.__________________________________ Bowl No.____________________________

Class Restrictions: Body length X Age X Tail type X Scale type/Color X

______________________________________________________________________________

No. in Class:______ Place:______ No. of Exhibitors:_________

Criteria Exc(5) VG (4) G(3) F(2) P(1) Weight
Head 15
Back/Hump 15
Deportment 15
Body Conformation 15
Tail 15
Fins 10
Condition 5
Eyes 5
Scales 5
Total Points Awarded

**Disqualifications: A judge may disqualify a fish based upon any of the following generally accepted criteria unless specifically allowed for under the breed standard. Additionally, certain breed-specific faults may warrant disqualification per the breed standard.

Deformities such as missing, or partial fins, missing eyes, collapsed mouth, missing or curled operculum, anal prolapse, dorsal spines in dorsaless breeds, twisted spine. Very poor condition, e.g. torn or ragged fins, sores on body, areas of missing scales, evidence of fungal, bacterial or parasitic infection, dropsy.

 

Remarks:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Judge:______________________________

 

Below is an actual judging form that is completed and has remarks and the judges’ comments. AS you can see the Tosakin won the TGC award. It also had a perfect score for its’ class/variety. One might ask why it did not get Best in Show? The

answer lies with the size and coloration of the fish.

Entry Form: Below is the entry form for an exhibitor. It allows for a person to enter as many fish as they desire and these can be <3” or >3”.

Current Certified Active Judges

Rob Crosby

Gary Hater

Joshua Mc Williams

Ted Tai

Billy Tai

Bryan Rhodes

Arielle Wright

Chris Sotherden

Amy Sims-Shonka

Daniel Young

Nathan Sylvester

Chris Stufft

Tony Reynolds

Matt Lyon

James Alderson

 

Wakin

Wakin Origin The Wakin was developed in Japan in the 18th century or before. I t appears to be a foundation fish for some other varieties in Japan. This is said to be the common goldfish of Japan. It is a somewhat popular pond fish in North America and is also a common inhabitant of… Continue Reading →

Calico Veiltail

Veiltail – nacreous (calico) Origin Normal eyed Veiltails are generally thought of by most keepers as the dream fish. The extremely graceful fish are very rare in North America. At the present time there are three dominant types; Philadelphia, English lines and Asian imported hybrids. The Philadelphia Veiltail came to North America from Japan in… Continue Reading →

Tosakin

Tosakin (Tosa) Origin This very difficult to groom top view fish was developed in Japan before 1868. The exact method of development is unclear, a cross between a Ryukin and a Osaka Ranchu or it is a direct mutation of a Ryukin. © Merlin Cunliffe 2016 Breed Development Raising this fish for show is most… Continue Reading →

Broadtail Telescope

Telescope- Broadtail Origin The telescope eye has an origin in Asia over 200 years ago. The protruding eyes are variable, but matched on individual fish. Initially Broadtail Moors were only black in color. Today multiple color varieties are common. English Broadtail Moors have been bred in North America for decades, Linnemeyer and Sims-Shonka lines dominate… Continue Reading →

Telescope Oranda

Telescope Oranda(Froghead) Origin The Telescope Oranda was developed in China most probably as a cross between a telescope and a Lionhead or as a Telescope to a Crucian carp. The literature is unsettled on this. The breed is a t least a 100 years old and still makes its ‘way into the local fish shops… Continue Reading →

Telescope

Telescope – metallic / butterfly tail Origin The telescope eye mutation was clearly established by the late 18th century, as evidenced by numerous examples in the Billardon de Sauvigny paintings. Clearly, telescope-eyed fish originated in China, it is thought from the Ryukin. Following this, telescope goldfish were then exported to other countries, including Japan. Traditionally,… Continue Reading →

Ryukin

Ryukin Note: This standard may be used to judge the Tamasaba, the single-tailed version of the Ryukin. As a single-tailed fish, the Tamasaba is a longer form, with a more tapered body and longer peduncle that enables the fish to glide through the water. Breed Development The majestic Ryukin is a powerful fish that swims… Continue Reading →

Red Cap Oranda

Oranda (Red Cap) Origin Fish with a head growth or wen were developed more than a century ago. It is probable that the Oranda came about by crossing Lionhead with fish with dorsal fins. Even today it is confusing if all Oranda’s started in Japan or China. Writing a standard that has several body types,… Continue Reading →

Top View Ranchu

Ranchu (top view Ranchu, TVR or Japanese Ranchu) Origin Statement to judges and exhibitors: The Ranchu breed originated in Japan and is considered a top-view goldfish with metallic scales occurring only in red (or orange/yellow), red and white, or white and should be judged separately from all other Ranchu-like, or Ranchu derived fish including side… Continue Reading →