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

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…

Laura Graves of the U.S. looked forward to her chance to meet Germany’s Isabell Werth again in the Grand Prix Freestyle and go for the gold with Verdades, but cancellation of the competition ended her dream. Photo ©2018 by Nancy Jaffer

The Key Word is Depression…

After a rugged Week One of the star-crossed 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, there are hopes that Week Two will have less drama. The WEG, which required an enormous effort to stage at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North…

Mark Bellissimo with his wife and partner, Katherine. Photo © by Nancy Jaffer

WEG Will Run Without its Companion WEQx™ Games

The FEI World Equestrian Games, with its eight disciplines, is an ambitious project for any entity to stage – hence the current absence of bids for the 2022 edition, if there is to be one. But Mark Bellissimo, managing partner…

North American Riders Group President Mark Leone. Photo by Nancy Jaffer

NARG is Revving Up for a Comeback

The North American Riders Group, once among the most active equestrian organizations, has practically disappeared from view after achieving many of its goals. But now it’s waiting in the wings for its next act, under the guidance of president Mark…

The U.S. Equestrian Federation is considering the future of the lab used for testing in its Drugs & Medications program. Photo by Nancy Jaffer

What’s Happening With the USEF Testing Lab?

More than six months after a major scandal prompted formation of a task force looking into the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s drugs and medications program and testing laboratory, no decision has been announced on whether the organization will scrap the lab….

The Hampton Classic is an example of a Premier show at the highest level in the U.S. Photo © Lawrence J. Nagy

Making USEF Horse Shows Fit Their Designations

When you go to McDonald’s, you know what to expect. Ditto the mid-range Outback Steakhouse and the high-end Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. But at U.S. Equestrian Federation-recognized horse shows, the nomenclature doesn’t always reflect what’s actually on the menu. As exhibitors arrive…

Mary Babick, president of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association and chairman of the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s ad hoc committee on the subject of requiring a SafeSport education rule. Photo© by Nancy Jaffer

The U.S. Equestrian Federation is on a SafeSport Mission

The day is coming, and probably soon, when everyone who belongs to the U.S. Equestrian Federation will have to participate in SafeSport training via a video. At the USEF Board’s mid-year meeting in Kentucky this week, president Murray Kessler told…

Boyd Martin prepped Olympic veteran Shamwari 4 (“there’s not a course in the world he couldn’t jump) going cross-country at the Jersey Fresh International for their trip to the Luhmuhlen 4-star. Photo© 2018 by Nancy Jaffer

U.S. Olympic Discipline Teams Building Competitive Strength as WEG Looms

Since 2004, U.S. eventers haven’t won a team medal in a global championships (an Olympics or World Equestrian Games, WEG, as opposed to the Western Hemisphere’s Pan American Games). That may be about to change, however. The 2016 Olympic eventing…

Moments such as this make memories of a lifetime for medalists at the North American Junior Eventing Championship CH-J 2-star, part of the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North in 2017. Photo by Taylor Pence/USEF

Championships for Younger Set Get New Life From U.S. Equestrian Federation

Reinvigorating the North American Children’s, Junior and Young Rider Championships was a key 2018 goal for U.S. Equestrian Federation President Murray Kessler, who announced at his organization’s annual meeting in January that he was determined to “elevate the importance of…

Mark Bellisimo in at the Tryon International Equestrian Center with the gladiator who is the symbol of Gladiator Polo, which will be held at the WEQx Games™ during the FEI World Equestrian Games™. Photo© 2018 by Nancy Jaffer

When is a WEG More than a WEG?

The eight disciplines of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ weren’t enough for Mark Bellissimo, the impresario extraordinaire of the Tryon International Equestrian Center, the Winter Equestrian Festival and so much more. Mark saved the 2018 WEG after financial problems short-circuited Bromont,…

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