Due South

I've been photographing and writing about equestrian sports practically since the time of Eohippus, originally for newspapers and now for a variety of magazines and websites. My resume includes coverage of nine Olympics and more than a score of World Cup finals. I’ve also written several books, including Riding Through with Olympic dressage medalist Debbie McDonald.

While I tend to focus on show jumping, eventing and dressage, I also do stories on hunters, equitation, reining, a little bit of vaulting, combined driving and any interesting features that come my way.

I'll let you know what’s happening on the other side of the border with observations and updates several times a month.

~ Nancy Jaffer

Kent Farrington was a regular competitor at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. Here he’s seen in 2017 on Creedance. Photo ©2017 by Lawrence J. Nagy

Central Park Horse Show Won’t Run This Year

While it sounded like a great idea, there was always skepticism that a horse show could ever be held in Central Park, the heart of Manhattan. But Winter Equestrian Festival impresario Mark Bellissimo and his team got it done in…

The Kentucky Horse Park won’t be considered for 2022 world championships, but the U.S. Equestrian Federation will help it gear up for future such competitions. Photo ©2019 by Nancy Jaffer

No U.S. Venue for 2022 Olympic and Para-Equestrian Qualifiers

The Kentucky Horse Park, which hosted the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010, was not on the list for consideration as a candidate for the 2022 world championships, as the FEI announced bidders for those competitions yesterday. In the…

Nikki Shahinian-Simpson, walking a course with her son, Ty, is one of the trainers dealing with a new SafeSport initiative. Photo ©2019 by Nancy Jaffer

USEF Takes Another Step Toward Keeping Young Equestrians Safe

U.S. Equestrian Federation members last year sighed and accepted the requirement that they take on-line SafeSport training in order to compete in recognized shows. Then last month, they got word about the federation implementing yet another protocol related to the…

The Equestrian Events Inc. fence has a place of prominence in the Kentucky Horse Park stadium, where Oliver Townend won the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event last weekend on Cooley Master Class. Photo ©2019 by Nancy Jaffer

Will the World Equestrian Games Return After All?

As the problem-plagued 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) wrapped up in Tryon, N.C., one thing seemed clear – there would not be another WEG, at least next time around in 2022. But hold on a minute before you write…

Daisy Farish, seen here against the backdrop of the historic U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation stables, was the winner of the 2018 Platinum Performance/U.S. Equestrian Federation Talent Search Show Jumping Finals East. Photo ©2018 by Nancy Jaffer

Will Lowering the Fences Get More Entries?

It may look as if the U.S. Equestrian Federation has dumbed down the finals of the Platinum Performance Show Jumping Talent Search by lowering the fences, but those involved in making the decision say it ain’t so. The impetus for…

The Mexican team of Fernando Martinez Sommer, Eugenio Garza Perez, coach Stany van Paesschen, Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado and Manuel Gonzales Dufrane that won the Longines Nations’ Cup of the USA at the Palm Beach Masters. Photo ©2019 by Nancy Jaffer

More Players on the Nations Cup Show Jumping Scene

Remember the era not so long ago when the traditional equestrian powers dominated Nations Cup team show jumping, with the emphasis on Europe and just a few countries—notably the U.S. and Canada, or sometimes Brazil – in the Western Hemisphere,…

Adequan Global Dressage Festival 5-star Freestyle winner, Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu on All In. © Nancy Jaffer

Are There Too Many World Cup Dressage Qualifiers?

I had figured that all the top horse/rider combinations would come out for the only 5-star-rated dressage competition in the Western Hemisphere this month, so in December, I made my plane reservation for Florida and looked forward to a spectacular…

USEF President Murray Kessler. Photo ©2019 by Nancy Jaffer

Former Lab Director Sues USEF

It just won’t go away. Now a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Equestrian Federation by its former laboratory director, Dr. Cornelius Uboh, has added yet another chapter to the saga that rocked the organization in 2018, after the mishandling of a…

U.S. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander with U.S. team rider Boyd Martin. Photo ©2018 by Nancy Jaffer

Time for U.S. Eventing to Gear Up

When Erik Duvander took over in October 2017 as the USA’s eventing performance director, there were only 10 months until the FEI World Equestrian Games. On top of that, it had been 13 years since U.S. eventers won a team…

USEF CEO Bill Moroney. Photo© Nancy Jaffer

From Challenge Comes Opportunity

When does a challenge become an opportunity? For the U.S. Equestrian Federation, that happened in the wake of an embarrassing laboratory mistake involving a high-profile drug test. The error and subsequent cover-up led to the federation reversing hefty suspensions and…

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