A key part of the Celebrating the Show Online program is devoted to celebrating and acknowledging some of the amazing volunteers, exhibitors and patrons who help bring the Show to life each year.
Our Celebrating the Show Online Ambassador, Lyndsey Douglas has done a wonderful job interviewing a number of competitors, exhibitors and Show fans and we will be sharing their stories throughout the 11 themed days of fun and entertainment!
The interviews will be uploaded daily so keep a lookout over the next two weeks as Lyndsey introduces some of the amazing personalities that shape Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event.
Brad Jenkins, CEO Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria 10am Saturday 19th
Brad is an accomplished and trusted leader who consistently delivers results having operated at senior management for more than 25 years.
With extensive senior management expertise in event management, marketing, business development, venue management and hospitality for highly respected membership based organisations, Brad joined the RASV in April 2008 as General Manager for Marketing and Business. He is a strong and steady set of hands at this crucial juncture for the RASV.
Brad has been instrumental in the revamping and successful delivery of the much loved Royal Melbourne Show, Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event along with elevating RASV’s brand and reputation and growing RASV’s international food and beverage award programs and the major events that are held at Melbourne Showgrounds.
Patrick Anderson (Dairy) 11am Saturday 19th
Patrick Anderson was the recipient of the 2019 RASV Youth Travel Scholarship. Patrick is passionate about the dairy industry and lives and works on his family’s 450-acre dairy farm in Athlone in Gippsland. Patrick plans to use the award to further his knowledge of jersey cattle genetics and network with breeders from across the world.
Lizzy Kelly (Youth) 5pm Saturday 19th
Elizabeth (Lizzy) grew up on her families Barwidgee Angus Stud in Caramut, Victoria. She is entering her second year of studies at Marcus Oldham College after completing a Diploma of Agribusiness in 2019, finishing dux of her year.
Lizzy is the recipient of the 2020 RASV Scholarship for Emerging Leaders eligible to all Marcus Oldham Agribusiness students.
Anne Marie Primmer (Art, Craft & Cookery) 11am Sunday 20th
For Anne-Marie, preparing more than eighty entries for the Show each year takes months. Her efforts have made her a familiar name at the Show and she has won the prestigious McRobert Memorial Award for the Most Successful Cookery Exhibitor a remarkable thirteen times.
Les ‘Chippa’ Chant – Carnival Operator and owner of Chants Amusements 11am Monday 21st
The Chant family have been involved in the Royal Melbourne Show for generations and 2020 would have seen Chippa and his team celebrate 100 years of providing carnival rides at the Show.
Chippa is a father of five and has been a show man all his life. The cancellation of the Royal and regional shows this year has been tough on the Chant’s and the many show families that deliver rides to local and Royal Shows throughout Australia.
Laurie Thompson (Sheep) 11am Tuesday 22nd
Laurie Thompson’s contribution to the Royal Melbourne Show, the Victorian sheep industry, in particular the Poll Dorsets’ and the RASV Sheep Committee has been outstanding in both skill and length.
Through an early interest in breeding sheep (even though he grew up on a cattle farm!), he developed his skills through involvement with the Poll Dorset Association and exhibiting his Poll Dorsets’ at many shows, including the Royal Melbourne Show.
2020 would have been Laurie’s 50th straight year of officiating as an inspector of the Poll Dorsets at the Royal Melbourne Show, Laurie has been a member of the RASV Sheep Committee for more than 10 years and in recognition of his extended service, was awarded an RASV President’s Medal in 2013 and a Life Membership of the Poll Dorset Association in 2019.
Angela Preuss (Alpaca) 2pm Tuesday 22nd
Angela Preuss has been in the alpaca industry for the past 20 years and own the Surilana stud, specialising in Suri alpacas.
She has a long involvement exhibiting and officiating at the Royal Melbourne Show, having judged the Suri section on numerous occasions. In 2019, along with her husband Ian, built on their commitment to the event by offering to support the Royal Melbourne Show Alpaca Competition.
Angela and Ian also make and own their own chocolate shop on the Great Ocean Road which features their Alpacas!
Samantha Wan (Fleece) 5pm Tuesday 22nd
Samantha Wan is the Wool Business Specialist and a Wool Auctioneer for Elders where she is part of the wool team responsible for the marketing of wool clips from the time the bales are received into store, to the fall of the hammer.
A first generation Australian and kid from the western suburbs of Sydney, Sam found her way into agriculture and wool through perfectly timed opportunity and the support and encouragement of many mentors in the industry. She is proud part of the Young Farming Champion (YFC) program, representing Wool.
Sam was the 2018 Elders Employee of the Year, 2019 Winner of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia’s Annual Wool Broker Award and is the 2019/2020 Wool Producers Australia Youth Ambassador. She was also recently elected to the RASV Fleece Committee.
Alf Woods (Poultry) 7pm Tuesday 22nd
At 91 years old, Alf Woods has been involved with the Royal Melbourne Show for over 80 years – having started his exhibitor journey in 1939!
He now spends his time teaching others, including his grandsons all about fowls in the hopes that the Royal Melbourne Show will continue the great tradition of the Poultry competition.
Stephanie Barrington, (Horses in Action) 11am Wednesday 23rd
Stephanie Barrington’s passion for horses and showing has seen her receive an impressive set of accolades as she continues to build her career. She was the winner of the 2011 Garryowen at 20 on only her second attempt, and followed this up with runner-up positions in 2014, 2015 and 2018.
Stephanie is currently the social ambassador for Bare Equestrian, a clothing company specialising in riding apparel.
Ella O’Doherty (Junior, HIA Exhibitor) 2pm Wednesday 23rd
At almost 15, Ella O’Doherty already has numerous Royal Show champion class wins under her belt. With Mum Lauren, who competes in the Garryowen, Ella got off to an early start in her career, learning to ride before she could walk.
She now spends her free time attending every Royal Show in the eastern states of Australia each year – with increasing success, placing every year since 2014 at the Royal Melbourne Show in Pony turnouts, junior & intermediate riding classes and smartest on parade classes.
Rachel Chettle and daughter Matilda (Big fans of The Show) 11am Thursday 24th
Rachel attended her first Royal Melbourne Show 30 years ago when she was aged around 9 or 10. She grew up riding horses and has attended The Show on many occasions. Rachel has competed in eventing as her discipline of choice in equestrian.
Rachel’s daughter Matilda attended her first show at 6 months old. 2020 would have been her fifth Royal Melbourne Show and is the first one she has ever missed.
Ashlee Houlden & Jarrod Tyler (Dogs) 11am Friday 25th
Ashlee Houlden started in the dog world as a child, with her family purchasing their first Border Collie when she was two. Her love of breeding and the sport was born from attending and becoming familiar with all aspects of showing and the Royal Melbourne Show with her mother.
Ashlee has been competing in dog competitions for the past 10 years. Along with her partner Jarrod, she is the owner and breeder of the Royal Melbourne Show 2019 Best In Show winner “Sham” - who has the nickname “Perfect Boy”.
Robyn O’Leary (Beef Cattle) 11am Saturday 26th
Finley High School, along with their Agriculture and Primary Industries Teacher, Robyn O’Leary, are long-term exhibitors of the Royal Melbourne Show Beef Carcase Competition and Sheep Competitions.
Since Robyn joined Finley High School in 1987, she has grown a passion for helping her students, spending many of her own hours developing, writing the course and assessing the students of the school based agricultural traineeship program.
In 2017, Robyn was recognised for her incredible commitment to the development of youth in agriculture and was inducted into the Royal Melbourne Show Beef Cattle ‘Hall of Fame’
Darrell Meyer (Woodchop) 11am Sunday 27th
Darrell Meyer, and his family are one of the most well-known families in Woodchop in Australia. Darrell himself started competing at age 13 and has been taking up the microphone as MC at the Royal Melbourne for the past 38 years.
Tim Morgan (Heritage) 2pm Sunday 27th
Tim was involved with RASV for over 30 years in a number of different roles. He started out working in the breed society area, then went to rural youth, before joining media management and public relations. Tim was also part of the redevelopment process and took on an operational role during the Royal Melbourne Show for a short time.
Mietta Jenkins (Big fan of The Show) 11am Monday 28th
Mietta loves everything about the Royal Melbourne Show and is a lifelong attendee – not missing one Show since she was born!
With her dad having a long involvement in planning and delivering the Royal Melbourne Show, Mietta has developed a keen eye for what it takes to bring Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event to life each year.
Katherine Chernov (Winning Taste Exhibitor) 11am Tuesday 29th
Katherine is the owner of ‘Made by Katherine,’ producers of old fashioned condiments that are cooked slowly and made in small batches.
Producing a variety of products that are ready to serve at your table including jams, chutneys, relish and cordial, Katherine has been an exhibitor in the Royal Melbourne Show Winning Tastes Pavilion for a number of years.