Jens Bergner stopped over to visit and invite us to his place to see his fishroom.
Jens is also an accomplished breeder and has a good haul of trophies from European guppy championship shows
We had a good dinner celebration that night before retiring for the night in Nurmberg. The next morning we were up early and had some breakfast at Hermans house.
Mike was a good Chef! The minivan was packed to the roof with fishboxes, luggage and guppynuts that day. The drive to the Czech border was about 3 hours and it was a good time to relax and enjoy the view.
We arrived at the border and checked in with the Customs. It was a rainy afternoon.
After the checkpoint we continued on to Prague and finally arrived late in the afternoon. This army personnel carrier in the streets remined us that we were in Eastern Europe and the world was on terrorist alert
We checked in at the show site and benched our fishes and then had to check in at the Guest house (penzion) in the city outskirts.
The Czech Guppy Club were also equally great hosts and set us up for the stay in Prague.
Many more european guppy breeders from different clubs arrived for the show as well
I met Nuzzo Genaro and some of the Italian Guppy Club members who drove from Italy to the show! Fortunately they were fluent in Spanish as well as their native Italian so I could carry on some conversation.
The judges were busy for 3 days pointing each entry according to the WGC standards. The standard rules were available to each judge to assist the international judges with the WGC rules.
We were even surprised one day when judging when a Czech TV crew showed up to film and interview the Clubs president on the show activities!
The Show weekend was the culmination of alot of hard work by Ivan Krousky and his fellow Guppy club members
There were many, many visitors that weekend.
The show displays also included many other exhibits of live Aquarium art. There were display tanks of many popular Tropical Fishes, all fully aquascaped for the enjoyment of the visitors.
Dr Loch and his wife were ever present as they are at every WGC taking photographs of the entries.
Here are some entries ,excuse the pic quality it was a bright greenhouse.
There were lectures by Dr Loch on guppies and the past WGC shows.
The Botanic Gardens were completely enclosed in a glass greenhouse! There was an abundance of tropical foliage in the surrounding gardens, truly a relaxing environment.
It wasnt itself without their own permanent displays of World Class Aquascaping. Some of these displays are probably photographed by the famous Ruda Zukal et al aquarium photographers and is published in aquarium books.
We also kept a tight schedule while in Praha. There were Fishroom Tours and Commercial hatchery tours.
We even did some WGC 2002 planning while we were there
I enjoyed our lunches very much at the restaurants
Friday Night we were hosted by one of the Czech breeders on one of his tour boats which run through the city on the upper Elbe River!
It was a good end to the day! Praha was a sight to behold at night and full of tourists and nightlife! The Czech people are famous for their Bohemian glass.
Awards Ceremonies are always fun too!
Our big winner was Herman Magoshitz with some beautiful AOC Pastel Entries.
For a complete listing of the show results please check the show results pdf file in the WGA website.WGC 2001 Show Results.
The show came to a good end that day when we had to depart back to Germany. We were returning to Herman's place to refresh spend one more night and rebag some fish to take home....to be continued..more nice pics!
Thanks to the Germans for hosting everyone. Three PPGA breeders and one NEFGA breeder were represented at the show. We all came home with goodies from the auction as well as from our German Guppy friends. After what I saw that week with such enthusiasm and thirst for guppy adventures and exchanges,I truly believe that the Showguppy will live on for quite some time. Now I am looking forward to this year in Nurmberg for the 7th World Guppy Contest. I am sure there will be some new players there this year to add to the adventure..that is the Guppy!
--Luke Roebuck, PPGA