August 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Leona_Lewis.jpgAhead of Leona Lewis’ appearance at this year’s Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), the world-famous vocal artist has spoken about her love for horses; her charity, Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, and, of course, her new role as the Show’s Honorary President.

Leona said: “When I was asked to be President of Horse of the Year Show, I was thrilled. It’s such a prestigious and vibrant event. I’m pleased to be able to bring awareness for my cause to it and be part of this amazing show featuring some of the most spectacular horses and people in the world.

 Leona, who will be attending the show on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October, has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with horses.

 “I’ve been riding since I was about six years old. I would ride ponies around the Welsh countryside, which is where my Mum is from.

 “I’ve always admired the beauty and power of horses and own a beautiful Friesian Gelding called Ritske Fan Una State. We had our first dressage show not too long ago. I love working with him as he teaches me so much.

“I particularly love dressage and the partnership between the horse and rider that is formed through the years of training. I love seeing the results of beautiful, gentle training techniques. My mother was a ballet teacher when I was younger and the training and technique it takes to become a ballerina is truly admirable. Dressage reminds me of this discipline. When it all comes together it’s simply stunning.”

 Leona, who will be in attendance at HOYS, began her journey as a world famous vocal artist after winning The X Factor in 2006 and has gone on to enjoy record-breaking global success with hits such as Bleeding LoveA Moment Like ThisRunBetter In Time and last year's Christmas smash-hit single One More Sleep.

 “I’ve been in the studio and also been gigging a lot recently. I can’t wait to start performing new material and the new music that I’ve been creating is very exciting even in these early stages. I have a few great shows coming up that I’m currently rehearsing for in some beautiful locations. I’m really looking forward to getting out there.”

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 said: “Hopefield is something very close to my heart. It’s a sanctuary that I help run. We rescue abused and rejected horses. We also have lots of other animals and they get to live out their days in safety and security.

“No matter how big or small the donation, please support us by going to the Hopefield donation page ( We also always need volunteers and we have open days almost every day. It’s a lovely way to spend a day with family and friends.”

To book tickets for this year's show, click here or call 0844 581 8282.

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