There’s a distinct moment in Gary Turnham’s childhood that ignited an unwavering love for the Melbourne Royal Show. Hand-in-hand with his friesian breeder grandfather at the Show, he clearly recalls the older man turning to him and saying, “it’s a big deal to win a ribbon at the Melbourne Royal Show.” It’s stayed with him ever since.
In the late 1990s, Mr Turham, wife Shelley and sons Glenn and Harry revived Barregowa Lowlines, igniting their Melbourne Royal voyage in 2001. Red Angus joined in 2012, accompanying their Lowlines until 2013. Beyond exhibiting, Mr Turnham joined the Beef Cattle Committee in 2007, contributing to the Show's growth.
One of the most memorable wins for the family was winning junior and grand champion with their Australian Lowline bull, Barregowa Lincoln in 2007. In the Red Angus section the family was extremely proud to win junior and grand champion bull with Barregowa Lieutenant Redman L01 in 2016.
It’s a love that runs in the family, with both Harry and Glenn involved in the Calf Classic, Junior Paraders and judging competitions. Harry had the honour of winning the state final for junior judging in 2017.
The Turnhams are now passionate about watching and nurturing the younger cohort to ensure the longevity of the show movement.