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By Larry Iles

Time flies when you’re having fun, and it’s been zipping by me like a rocket these days. Getting older seems to creep up on you slowly at first, but then it breaks into a sprint and the next thing you know “boom”, 60 stares back at you in the mirror and your wife is throwing you surprise parties to celebrate yet another gray hair!

Life is good.

Good isn’t a fitting word for this month’s issue of Koi USA. Kicking things off with a photobomb of beauty from the All Japan Koi Show, courtesy of Michael Hernandez and a very special shot by Steve Gibbons of the Grand Champion. You will not find a better collection of living art captured in print anywhere in the world, and we’re fortunate to have so much talent to share these shots with us.

Now this a LOT of photos, and each one representing an award winner at the greatest Koi Show on Earth. It is a truly daunting task to keep all of those awards straight, but lucky us! Darren Rudham to the rescue with an excellent article that explains the awards perfectly. Beauty and education await.

Taking that theme to a different level, we also have an artistic vision from Paul Bartlett. Xtra-Dimensions takes the art of photography to another level that I hope you enjoy as much as I do. Not being the most artistic person in the world myself, it constantly amazes me what people like Paul can do.

Becoming a lifelong learner is essential in an ever-changing world, and Jackie Alsup shares his sage advice on growing your Koi knowledge with his timely article. In fact, his brand of advice is exactly what Claude and Diane Head needed as they began moving forward in the hobby. You can even read about it as they share their journey toward a Garage Pond that keeps their Koi safe, sound, and healthy.

Keeping our wet pets healthy is always high on the priority list, and dealing with Parasites is something all pet owners have in common. This month James Reilly shares some good advice on how to recognize the signs of a possible infestation, and how to deal with them without becoming too stressed out.

Keeping them healthy is always easier if you get some good training under your belt, and the KHA program offered by the AKCA is the best thing you could ever ask for. This month Jerry Kyle shares some of the bio’s of our latest group of graduates with us. No matter who you are or how long you’ve been involved in the hobby I’m sure you’ll see a lot of common ground with these folks. Who knows, you might even be inspired to become a KHA yourself. At the very least, you’ll get to know who some of them are. You might need one someday.

One of the highlights this month is the Koi Persons of the Year awards. It is always a pleasure to give a bit of honor where it is due, and this year’s recipients have been chosen by their own club members for their special contribution to the hobby. This year Ally Chibana has the honor of sharing that with you.

Be sure to check out this month’s Calendar of Events. There are a lot of great shows popping up scattered across the country, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on one near you.

Tamsie Pierce has been talking to the fish again, and her old friend Benny is talking back. Words of wisdom and whimsy always make the day a little brighter, and the lessons more fun to learn.

Happy reading!

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