Text and photographs, unless otherwise credited, by Dr. David Ford
On Sunday 28th April, 2019, the Ryedale Aquarist Society held another of their popular Open Shows and Auctions in the beautiful setting of Kirby Misperton Village Hall. 
The Open Show drew a total of 161 entries with fishkeepers from Bradford ADAS, Aquatics+, Hartlepool A.S., Ashby Fishkeepers, STAMPS, AAGB, Otley A.S., Southend & Leigh A.S. Sheaf Valley A.S, the Derby Facebook Cichlid Group and Ryedale A.S. itself bringing along their best fish.


YAAS ‘A’ Class Judges Mick Price, Edward Cheetham and Patricia Jones are pictured here judging Classes


Left - The Best in Show award was won by this magnificent Lake Malawi Cichlid, Copodichromis borleyi that scored 85.6 points.  Photograph by Steve Grant.
Right - Owner Bede Kerrigan of STAMPS, on the left of our photograph receiving diplomas and prizes from Steve Jones.


Lett- The Best Exhibit award was won by Ian Wallbridge of Bradford & DAS with a collection of Vienna Double Sword Guppies.
Right - Ian collects his prizes from Steve Jones.


Left - Ryedale A.S. is the Open Show in YAAS circles that presents a special award for Best Goldfish.  This year a Common Goldfish, owned by L. & R. Edwards of Ashby Fishkeepers, took the award
Right -A Goldfish of a very different type, designed by Sue Marshall, took the 1st prize in the ‘Eggshibit’ Class - a craft contest unique to the event.




Here are some more of the many beautiful fish which appeared on the show benches.  Photographs by Steve Grant.


When the Auction began, an audience of well over 100 people filled this section of the hall.  As a number of local people had come along to view the fish exhibits, and get a taste of what was happening during the day, an audience of just over 70 people (some of whom had travelled from as far away as Cumbria and Preston) stayed for the full duration of this part of the event.  Auctioneer Steve Jones and his team did a good job with the 20 ‘lots’ to auction.  On our left you can also see the Fishphilosophy trade stand.  Photograph by David Marshall.

As we can see from the photograph the Edward’s family were both surprised and delighted to take home the first prize in our Fish Card competition.  Photograph by David Marshall.



Finally, Open Show Secretary, David Marshall, asked me to thank the Ryedale A.S. members, the Nelson family, Steve Jones, members of Hartlepool A.S., members of STAMPS, members of OASIS and the Judges for all of their hard work.  Thank you to all who came along to join in the day, to all who brought fish for the Open Show, to all who brought Auction lots and gave sponsorship to the event.
The Ryedale A.S. members send a big THANK YOU to the following sponsors for all of their help with Show and raffle prizes.
ARKA Aquarium Products Ltd.
FishScience aquarium fish foods.
Waterlife aquarium products.
Ferrybridge Aquatics, W. Yorks.
Tunnel Aquatics, York, N. Yorks.
Steve’s Aquatic & Pet Emporium, Scarborough, N. Yorks.
The Aquarium Gazette CD Magazine
Hartlepool A.S. for sponsorship of the Characin Classes
F.B.A.S. Open Show Support Pack in conjunction with Tetra aquarium fish foods.
Tourist Attractions
Fountains Abbey, W. Yorks.
Castle Howard Estate, N. Yorks.
Scampston Hall, N. Yorks.
Nunnington Hall, N. Yorks.