Following a 2 year absence the Crouch Valley Koi Show made a welcome return to the show calendar on 3rd and 4th August.

Historically Essex was a hotbed for Koi shows with 3 active BKKS sections each holding annual open and closed shows.  Without the Crouch Valley Show in 2017 and 2018 there were, to the best of my knowledge, none!

The show was held at Buckhatch Nursery and Garden Centre in Rettendon Common, near Chelmsford, who made available a large open sided polytunnel for the event.  In truth everyone could probably have done with the outside temperatures being a few degrees cooler than they were as it got a little warm inside, particularly when the sun shone.  Entry to the Koi show was free to all and hopefully a number of garden centre customers, of whom there were many over the weekend, were exposed to high class Koi for the first time.

Buckhatch Nursery and Garden Centre, venue of the 2019 Crouch Valley Koi Show

Buckhatch Nursery and Garden Centre, venue of the 2019 Crouch Valley Koi Show

Inside the the show poly tunnel

Inside the the show poly tunnel

Inside the the show poly tunnel

Inside the the show poly tunnel

Several trade stands were in attendance supporting the show, namely, Yoshikigoi, DracoDrum, Ace of Koi and Burtons Aquatic Systems.

Ashley Dart of Yoshikigoi

Ashley Dart of Yoshikigoi

DracoDrum

DracoDrum

Ace of Koi

Ace of Koi

Ace of Koi

Ace of Koi

Burtons Aquatic Systems

Burtons Aquatic Systems

The judges worked through Saturday afternoon which was probably the hottest part of the whole weekend.

Kieron Burns and Jasmine Ryan judging

Kieron Burns and Jasmine Ryan judging

Christine Woolger and Stefan Malm judging

Christine Woolger and Stefan Malm judging

The trophies for the show were sponsored by Yoshikigoi, the major prize winners receiving crystal wear on a ‘return’ basis which will see the trophies reused on an annual basis – it’s great to see the club looking forward to the future.


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Trophies sponsored by Yoshikigoi

Trophies sponsored by Yoshikigoi

Grand Champion trophy sponsored by Yoshikigoi

Grand Champion trophy sponsored by Yoshikigoi

Below are the major prize winners at the 2019 Crouch Valley Koi Show.

Grand Champion, Sanke, Size 6, Owned by Adam Richardson

Grand Champion,
Sanke,
Size 6,
Owned by Adam Richardson

Adam Richardson

Adam Richardson

Mature Champion, Hikari Muji, Size 7, Owned by George Simmons

Mature Champion,
Hikari Muji,
Size 7,
Owned by George Simmons

George Simmons

George Simmons

Adult Champion, Kohaku, Size 5, Owned by David Edge

Adult Champion,
Kohaku,
Size 5,
Owned by David Edge

David Edge

David Edge

Baby Champion, Kohaku, Size 2, Owned by Neil Hornshaw

Baby Champion,
Kohaku,
Size 2,
Owned by Neil Hornshaw

Neil Hornshaw

Neil Hornshaw

Best Non Gosanke, Tancho, Size 7, Owned by Adam Richardson

Best Non Gosanke,
Tancho,
Size 7,
Owned by Adam Richardson

Adam Richardson

Adam Richardson

Most Unique Koi, Hikari Moyo, Size 5, Owned by Sue Ravenhill

Most Unique Koi,
Hikari Moyo,
Size 5,
Owned by Sue Ravenhill

Sue Ravenhill

Sue Ravenhill

Dest Doitsu, Size 5, Owned by Adam Richardson

Dest Doitsu,
Size 5,
Owned by Adam Richardson

Adam Richardson

Adam Richardson

Feedback from people who attended the show was very positive, below a few comments that have appeared on social media:

‘You guys put on a great show and look forward to watching it grow. Well done to all involved.’ – Neil Hornshaw

‘Spent a lovely weekend, with a great group of people. Fingers crossed the show can go from strength to strength.’ – David Edge

‘Well, I will start of by thanking Crouch Valley for a great show. Well done guys and girls it was a great new start for the show!’ – Sue Ravenhill

‘Had a great time at the show & stunning koi. Thank you ladies running the tombola I’m over the moon with the koi plaque’ – Carolyn Lee


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‘Liked the new venue, always good to catch up with like minded hobbyists, very enjoyable day out.’ – Les Bean

I went Sunday, really enjoyed it. Great show and Venue.  Have to appreciate all the hard work by everyone.’ – Andrew Rawley

‘Great new venue & great have the Show back’ – Christine Woolger

 

Speaking to members of the Crouch Valley Koi Club it seems there are plans and a real desire to move the show forward and working closely with the owners of the nursery, hobbyists and the trade, hopefully we will see the Crouch Valley Koi Show, and the organising club, go from strength to strength.

You can find out more about the Crouch Valley Koi Club on their website – http://www.crouchvalleykoi.co.uk/ – and on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/crouchvalleykoi.bkks


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