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

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…

An arena full of draft horses is one of the most impressive sights at the Royal. Photo ©2018 by Lawrence J. Nagy

An American Takes Stock of the Royal

There’s nothing like it in the USA. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair continues to make a success of tradition while keeping up with the times. Spectators in formal dress at the Royal hearken back to the National Horse Show’s long-gone…

Beezie Madden, winner of the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington at the National Horse Show, with ringmaster John Franzreb, Margaret Duprey and National Chairman Mason Phelps. Photo ©2018 by Nancy Jaffer

National Horse Show, You’re Gonna Make it After All

From the edge of extinction to an exciting evolution, the 135-year-old National Horse Show has survived major changes of venue, loss of title sponsors and uncertainty about its future. Now it’s definitely on firmer footing. During its eighth edition at…

The WEG silver medal U.S. dressage team: Technical advisor Robert Dover, Kasey Perry-Glass, Adrienne Lyle, Steffen Peters and Laura Graves. Photo© 2018 by Nancy Jaffer

After WEG Double Silver, What’s Next for U.S. Dressage?

It took 16 years for the U.S. dressage team to replicate its historic placing at the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, when it took team silver once again at the 2018 WEG, following years of Olympic and…

VIPs were able to watch show jumpers from around the world while sitting on their balcony, while regular ticketholders had a vantagepoint from the stands below. Photo ©2018 by Nancy Jaffer

What Should we Think About WEG 2018 Now that it’s Over?

The eighth edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games had more than its share of problems, but then, problems seem to go with the genre. The compilation of eight world championships, up from six at the well-planned, highly successful first…

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