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Life lessons: Producer and show rider Edward Young on his dislike for gadgets *H&H Plus*

The leading showman on the hobby that keeps him sane, his dislike for gadgets and life as a young producer in the golden age of equestrian sport

Edward is a top producer as well as a top show rider. His charges have won major titles at both Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and the Royal International (RIHS). Edward has ridden many champions, including hack Classic Chauvinist and riding horse Legal Eagle.

My mother always told me that hands were made before gadgets, so in training I keep things simple. Gadgets and the like are just short cuts and don’t work in the long run. There is no substitute for hard work and patience. The other day I needed a pair of draw-reins and it took me an hour to find them, as I hadn’t used them in so long.

I’ve been lucky enough to have spent time with some incredible horse people over the years. One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given was from the late Davina Whiteman, who told me off for not delegating enough.