Managing Director & MC Extrordinare
Sharon Lenton, Founding Owner of Thoroughbred Events Australia, The Thoroughbred Club and Thoroughbred Girls has been a pioneer for women in the racing industry for over 25 years. Being one of the first women in racing, after Shelley Hancox, to have a syndicator’s license, Sharon has emerged as a woman who sets goals, works hard and achieves them.
Sharon has a real passion for racing fashion and works regularly with racegoers to assist them with their fashion needs – leaving a long list of happy girls who have won fashions on the field at the highest level. She has also had the opportunity to work with and style, many familiar faces within the racing industry including female racing.com and Sky Racing presenters. Sharon herself has won numerous fashions on the fields throughout her racing career.
Under Thoroughbred Events Australia (TEA), Sharon works hard to assist country race tracks in managing and running professional and fun ‘Fashions on the Field’ events. Behind the camera Sharon has captured many racing, fashion and general interest moments, sharing them in articles that she has written for Ladies in Racing Magazine and Racing NSW but now prefers to do her own stories for her businesses. In front of the camera, Sharon continues to MC many charity events.
In 2009, Sharon introduced (and continues to hold) ladies’ luncheons where she promotes a platform for the best milliners (as well as up and coming milliners) to display their couture pieces before each racing season in NSW. Each luncheon would showcase over 150 couture hats and has promoted various fashion designers including her own couture racewear and polo label – Zac & Tallulah.
Since its inception, Thoroughbred Events Australia (TEA) has always been an arena for women doing amazing work in the industry to be recognised and applauded. At our luncheons we have heard from so many incredible women who have been pioneers and role models in the racing industry.
While capturing all the above, the team were able to raise money which now set the path for The Thoroughbred Club to be born. The Thoroughbred Club would be a voice for race horses once they finished their career. This has always pulled at Sharon’s heart knowing that the show was always the horses and there needed to be a way to unite the disciplines and showcase the talents of the thoroughbred.
For years now Sharon has gone to many thoroughbred events to sponsor, present and work with off the track thoroughbreds in various disciplines such as polo, show jumping, dressage and hacking. Sharon loves writing about them and continually promotes the success of these beautiful animals.
Now with the help of her ambassadors all over Australia, Sharon has created On-Line Competitions both for race clubs and The Thoroughbred Club. Her latest On-Line Horse & Handler Competition which showcases all breeds of horses and owners, reached over 38k people. Next year we have new dreams.
It has not been an easy journey but one that has been… and still is …much loved. Sharon has certainly broken down many barriers and forged a path for others to follow.
And she hasn’t finished yet!