Identity crisis? The pony that performs as a lion

Identity crisis? The pony that performs as a lion

A pony disguised as a lion took centre stage at the Horse of the Year Show at the Birmingham NEC.

Luma, an eight-year-old pony, was pictured groomed just like a lion, complete with a lion's mane and tail.

In a special display to celebrate the show's 65th anniversary, Luma provided light comedy and combined liberty work and dressage movements with his trainer Melie Philippot.

The pair have worked together since Luma was three-years-old.

Identity crisis? The pony that performs as a lion

Ahead of their appearance, Helena Pettit of Grandstand Media Ltd said: "We're delighted to have Melie and Luma joining us this year.

"We're certain that Luma's wonderful personality will shine through in the expanse and bright lights of the Andrews Bowen International Arena and his diminutive size will be no obstacle to entertaining every one of the 9,500-strong audience!"

According to the Daily Mail, 60,000 people are set to attend the Horse of the Year Show this week, where 1,500 horses compete to perform in Sunday's grand finale.

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