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1st Siam Ranchu Contest 2008

1st Siam Ranchu Contest 2008, the event was held on 27th April 2008 at:

“THE PLATINUM PLACE” - Soi Watcharapol

(For those who are familiar with Bangkok, do not mistake for Platinum Mall)

There are 5 categories altogether as below:

Amateur Class:

3 winning trophies     (1st-3rd placing)
3 certificates             (4th-6th placing)

Small Tosai:     [<=11cm]

5 winning trophies     (1st-5th placing)
6 certificates             (6th to 11th placing)

Tosai:     [>11cm but <=13.5cm]

5 winning trophies     (1st-5th placing)
6 certificates             (6th to 11th placing)

Nisai:     [>13.5cm but <=16 cm]

5 winning trophies     (1st-5th placing)
6 certificates             (6th to 11th placing)

Oya:     [> 16cm]

5 winning trophies     (1st-5th placing)
6 certificates             (6th to 11th placing)

Special Awards:

The organiser has created three special awards to encourage amateur hobbyists. These awards were given to fish based on:
* Best head growth
* Best swimming
* Best tail formation

These special awards are based purely on Judges’ likings.

From the way the categories were arranged, one can recognised that the standard of this event is high. Note, the Oya class has to be above 16 cm, this is not an easy size to reach for beginners. Only a country with large and strong base of enthusiastic hobbyists can garner such an amount of collection for competition.

This competition also had separate categories for Small Tosai and Tosai, which reminded me of one of the respectable and prestigious Japanese Clubs ‘Jin Lan Hui’. They, too have both Small and Big Tosai categories.

From the above event photos, the competition was held in a nice big event hall and trophies were all ready for winners to claim them on that day. There were also talk session to share the appreciation of ranchu with the public.

It has a strict rule in benching-in and all the fish were measured to ensure they were entered in the right category. Interesting there were two set of judges. One group were ‘invited’ judges and the other group was from the organizing club members.

After a brief introduction to the competition, let’s take a look at the winning fish, starting with the amateur category … … there were 6 placing.

Next set of photo below were the special awards winners.

The Best Head Growth ranchu has white cheeks to separate from the red crown giving a very strong buffalo head appearance. Both cheeks are protruding beyond the mouth. Good eyes set, that is position parallel and away from the mouth.

The Best Tail ranchu has a very elastic characteristic which is very important factor according one of the Japanese ranchu club ‘school of thoughts’. I have to highlight that there are many different aspect of appreciation, even in the Land of Ranchu, Japan. There is no right or wrong standard, just different ways of appreciation. In this case, the Thai judges seemed to have followed a similar definition - A good tail should be flexible, it should close, when the fish move forward and upon stationary, the tail should open up promptly or out spread fully.

As regards to the Best Swimming ranchu, unfortunately, base on photo, we cannot elaborate much about the swimming criteria. Generally, breeders often make a comparison of a good swimming motion with the way a Japanese lady walks in her kimono. The body and head should remain still and only the motion of the waist and below is allowed, swinging gently and evenly from side to side.

The following are winners of the Small Tosai category:

There are 11 placing for this category. The first place winner well deserved its title, in my opinion. The head growth is beautiful, just like the ‘Best Head Growth’ winner. It has a stout body, thick caudal peduncle and nice tail. The second place winner has a beautiful tail spread.

Next are winners of the Tosai category, above 11cm below 13.5 cm:

Not taking away the credit of the first place winner, personally I would prefer second and third placing fish.

Next are winners of the Nisai category, above 13.5cm below 16 cm:

Placing three and four look wonderful from the photo, I believe when looking at the actual fish, placing one and two would be marvellous too!

The last category winners of the Oya category, which is often the main highlight for almost all ranchu competition:

I think many will agree that this first placing winner of this category worth to be honoured as the grand champion of the whole show! Very stout and strong looking fish! Despite it is an old fish, the colour is still very intensive. Head growth and tail spread are of excellent grade.

I was lucky to have witness the grand event ‘All Japan Ranchu Show’ and also a couple of ‘Internal Japan ranchu clubs’ competition’ in Japan. These are top-notch events! Any ranchu hobbyists without doubt will be bewildered by such events! Below are some photos of one of these internal competition events.

Back in Singapore, last year, 2007, Fynnmood also held a top-view ranchu competition during the Goldfish Festival. Although the standard of the entries are reasonable good (may I say), there are still a lot of room for improvement. Following are the flash back photo of Fynnmood top view event.

In my personal opinion, as you can see from this article and photos… … outside Japan, Thailand is the only country that is able to hold such a grand top-view ranchu competition.

In my personal opinion the Thai top-view ranchu clubs are very successful. Eventually hope some day Fynnmood Club would able to organize and achieve a similar standard event like this.

I hope you have enjoy the photos as much as I did. Once again special “Thanks” to the Thai counterpart that have shared this event with us. “Thank you”.

steven TONG

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