Jorja jumps her way to victory

Jorja Lenehan was all smiles after winning the Waratah show jumping Children Series at Sydney International Equestrian Centre over the weekend. Photos: Oz Shots.

Gundagai showjumper Jorja Lenehan and her gelding Malvasia were on fire over the weekend when winning the Redlands Stables, Olivier and Baldwin Waratah show jumping Children Series at Sydney International Equestrian Centre over the weekend

Jorja rode Malvasia to wins in the 105cm and 110cm rounds, taking out the entire series. 

“She rode really well,” Jorja’s mother Kate Lenehan said. 

“It’s the first time we have ever been there and people are pretty keen to get there and she did really well.”

Jorja had a big weekend at the Waratah show jumping event, finishing third in the 105cm junior round and fourth in the 110cm junior round on Malvasia along with finishing second in the 105cm junior and fifth and sixth in the two Children’s Series rounds on Reinforcement. 

Interestingly, Malvasia, fondly know is ‘Thistle’, is a thoroughbred and raced under the name February Rain before he was trained for show jumping. 

“We have owned him for just on two and half years, and he would have been jumping for about six years,” Mrs Lenehan said.

“He went really well. He didn’t have a rail on him and over the three days, he was in six events and placed in five.”

“Collen Brooke in Wilberforce had him and trained him and he is a good jumper.”

13-year-old Jorja will continue to keep hard at work as she works on the likes of Malvasia and other jumpers for future events. 

“She rides them four or five times a week and we try and have lessons,” Mrs Lenehan said.  

“Her old coach has actually moved to Dubbo, so it’s a bit more difficult, so we are trying to do some lessons with Colleen (Brooke).”

“Colleen was actually there helping Jorja in Sydney.”

Jorja will be kept busy in the new year with Gundagai Show jumping training days kicking off in January ahead of the Gundagai show in February. 

Waratah Showjumping children series results

1st – Jorja Lenehan and Malvasia

2nd – Lily-Rose Baxter and Foxhill Cruise

3rd – Tia Kennett and Kenlock Park Bluestone

4th – Emily Mohrmann and the Radish

5th – Jorja Lenehan and Reinforcement

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