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

USEF President Murray Kessler presents the organization’s achievements in 2017 for the membership at the annual convention. (Photo© 2018 by Nancy Jaffer)

Working on What Matters

The annual meeting of U.S. equestrian sports’ governing body used to be a big yawn. Literally. From the days when the organization was the American Horse Shows Association, through its transformation into USA Equestrian in the late 1990s, it often…

Mark and Katherine Bellissimo in Tryon arena.

Bellissimo’s Big Plans for Tryon’s Future

There’s no question that the competitive highlight of 2018 will be the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C. But show impresario Mark Bellissimo already is looking beyond the September compilation of global championships to other competitions that can be…

Bill Moroney and Mary Babick at the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s annual meeting.

Kick Them In The License

I’ve been hearing this refrain for decades: horse show managers shouldn’t hire and pay stewards; that needs to be done by the U.S. Equestrian Federation. But it isn’t. Stewards, who are supposed to report on how a show is abiding…

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