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Life lessons: Showing producer Magnus Nicholson *H&H Plus*

The show producer on his coffee addiction, acting ambitions and the 21st birthday present he still wears to this day

North Yorkshire-based Magnus is a leading producer of show horses. Prior to this he was an international event rider and also competed successfully in showjumping and as an amateur National Hunt, polo and point-to-point jockey. As a showman he has won titles at all major shows including Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and the Royal International.

I was very lucky to be taught to ride by Chris Bartle. Chris was definitely my hero. He is a brilliant, analytical horseman and I really looked up to him. Horses aren’t as complicated as you think they are and so I try to keep things simple. People can get too carried away with the need to have the latest gadget or newest bit, but I’ve never been one for all that.

I always try to use the best. No matter what it is I will always try to make sure it’s the best quality I can afford, whether that’s the farrier, vet, tack or feed. It saves money in the long run. My tailcoat was made in 1929 and my current show boots were given to me as a 21st birthday present; I’m not going to say how long ago that was but I’m just grateful I haven’t put on too much weight since they were gifted.