April 03, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Leona LewisWorld-famous vocal artist Leona Lewis is celebrating both her birthday and a new title today, as she has been confirmed as Horse of the Year Show’s (HOYS) Honorary President. A passionate animal lover and keen equestrian, Leona is eager to use the role to raise awareness of the work done by her own charity, Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, which is very close to her heart, when the “The World’s Most Famous Horse Show” returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 8th – 12th October 2014.

Leona, who will be in attendance at HOYS, sprung to fame after winning The X Factor in 2006 and has gone on to enjoy record-breaking global success with hits such as Bleeding Love, A Moment Like This, Run, Better In Time and last year's Christmas smash hit single One More Sleep. She has since also developed acting talents gained on stage and her debut film, Walking on Sunshine, is due for release in the UK on 13 June 2014. Despite her hectic schedule, she enjoys spending time fundraising for and undertaking volunteer work at Essex-based Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, whenever she has the opportunity.

Through Leona’s involvement, HOYS will also be able to draw attention to Hopefield Animal Sanctuary by supporting it with donations and prizes for competitions, and visitors to this year’s Show will be able to meet staff and volunteers from Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in The HOYS Retail Village.

Leona Lewis said: “It is such a joy and a huge privilege to have been asked to take on the title of Honorary President for Horse of the Year Show. My passion for riding and my love for horses is well-known, so to be a part of the most prestigious equestrian event in the world is truly an honour and one that I will take great pride in. My role will also allow me to raise more awareness for my own charity, Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, which is so dear to my heart. This is an exciting start of a wonderful partnership and I look forward to being a part of the Horse of the Year Show family and to lending my support in as many ways as I can.”

Helena Pettit of Grandstand Media Ltd, organiser of Horse of the Year Show, added: “We’re delighted that Leona is taking on the role of Horse of the Year Show Honorary President. Her enthusiasm for horses and equestrianism makes her the ideal figurehead for the Show and we very much hope our loyal followers, exhibitors and visitors will support Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, too.”

Alongside the most prestigious National Showing and Show Jumping Championships, International Show Jumping classes, Virbac 3D Worming Pony Club Mounted Games and Osborne Refrigerators Double Harness Scurry Racing, HOYS 2014 is packed with even more exciting features. The popular and awe-inspiring Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, which will headline the displays, as demanded by visitors. The British debut of the enchanting Doma con Libertad with Antonio Fernández “El Paqueto” will delight the audience during each performance.

Friday, 10th October will be the day of choice for dressage fans, with The Eilberg Dressage Master Class and Dressage Future Elite Championship both timetabled. A training class for international riders on the morning of Thursday, 9th October will enable visitors to see how the professionals get their horses ready for the week ahead and the inaugural Metalwood Fencing and The Arab Horse Society Ridden Partbred Pony of the Year Championship will take place on Sunday, 12th October.

Tickets for HOYS 2014 are now on sale. To book, click here or call 0844 581 8282.

For more information on Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, click here




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