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World Guppy Contest European Visit 2001

 

Highlights of the 6th World Guppy Contest, Praha Czech Republic Hello Club Members and interested hobbyists. This article has long ben promised and too long delayed. I was honored to to be invited as a Judge and guest by the WGC Secretary Omer Gulmez, to the 6th World Guppy Contest, held in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. This was my first European trip and I was glad that Mike Khalid could accompany me on my travels. The contest was hosted by the Czech Guppy Club ( Akvarium Zal 1899) at the Charles University Botanic Gardens in Praha .
Show Site


Preparations for the trip for me personally was a small nightmare that turned out perfectly in the end. The plans were almost completely disrupted by the events of 9-11 which occured a mere 3 weeks prior to our departure! Mike and I were patient and determined to go forward with the trip unless some dire curcumstance prohibited it. Frank Chang was also planning to attend and had standby tickets. Ironically the 9-11 events made it possible for him to go at the last minuite. We endured security concerns at the LA Airport with our live cargo and I was sure to obtain any paperwork that the German Customs may request. Lufthansa came through with flying colors and got us to our first stop in Hamburg and then to Berlin, Germany. There we were met by Oemer Gulmez who was very kind enough to invite us to overnight at his home in Berlin in transit to the show.
The fish made it all in one piece and were ironically never inspected by customs in Germany. While in Berlin we met with Claus Osche and Tim-Uwe Jandeck of the DGF and had a nice conversation over dinner and some beer.
Tim-Uwe is a die hard guppy fan and even brought a few bags of guppies to the restaurant to show us what he is working on. Unfortunately I dont have any pics of the Berlin adventure because the Airline had temporarily lost my baggage with my camera. ...the adventure continues..
We discussed our travel plans for the next two days before leaving Germany for the Czech Republic and the Show. The next morning Omer, Mike and myself travelled by train from Berlin to Nurmberg through Eastern Germany on a 5 hour scenic tour.
Eastern Germany


We planned to stay at Herman Magoshitz's home outside Nurmberg and see his fishroom as well as Jens Bergner's fishroom. Herman was waiting at the train station for us and we were very pleased to see him again since the Milwaukee WGC visit. He took us on a mini tour of Nurmberg and we did some shopping before heading to his home.
Herman and his wife and family were very good hosts.
nurmberg


In fact Hermans home eventually became the stageing area for all the invited guests to meet and prepare for the trip to Eastern Europe.
friends forever!Lets see, there is Herman, Omer, Jens, Heike, Edgar and Mike Khalid



Here we met Edgar Chaisson from NEFGA and Hideharu Nishihara from Aqua Breeders Club in Japan who also brought show entries from the Japan sector.
The stage was being set for a great time...
Hermans fishroom was a world Class work of Art.
here Hide and Omer were admiring Herman's guppies.
hermansfishroomred lace



He maintains Full reds, Yellows,Full Golds, Lace Snakeskins, Pastel AOCs, Half Black Reds and Moscows. His red snakeskins were beautiful and very large for young fish. All the tanks were very clean!
having fun!more discussions!


We had informal chitchat over a few strains and talked guppies...what else!


We exchanged guppies with the Germans. They seemed as eager to get our guppies as we were to get theirs!
the fishbox!


Jens Bergner stopped over to visit and invite us to his place to see his fishroom.
Jen's fishroomThis was his breeder!!


Jens'Moscows These moscows were jet black with reddish caudals!Jens'Trophies


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.
Breakfast!


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.
Czech Border


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
Central PragueThis sight woke us up to the real world!


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.
RegistrationThe Gathering Place



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
Show FeverShow Fever


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.
Judging>Judging 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!
News Reporter


The Show weekend was the culmination of alot of hard work by Ivan Krousky and his fellow Guppy club members
Show Fever>Herman seems lostShow Fever


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.
DisplaysDisplaysDisplays




Dr Loch and his wife were ever present as they are at every WGC taking photographs of the entries.
Show Pics


Here are some entries ,excuse the pic quality it was a bright greenhouse.
Full RedsHalf Black AOC


Platinum Entry. These came home with me!Blue Albino Entry.These came home too!



There were lectures by Dr Loch on guppies and the past WGC shows.
>Dr Loch Lectures 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.
The Greehouse GardensAquatic LandscapingAquatic Landscaping


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.
What Genetics are in there Hans-Peter??Lubor Kots Fishroom


LubosSimas fishroomLubos Sima's AngelsFrank Chang with his hand in the Cookie Jar



We even did some WGC 2002 planning while we were there
When is everyone free ???


I enjoyed our lunches very much at the restaurants
Goulash Anyone??


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!
Frank Chang and Omer chatting while Hans-Peter looks on. Heike Bergner and friends in the foreground.


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.
Some ancient ArchitectureCarriage Ride anyone??I brought them back!




 nbsp; Awards Ceremonies are always fun too!
trophies??


Our big winner was Herman Magoshitz with some beautiful AOC Pastel Entries.
happy guppy breeder!??


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

 
 
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