Nancy Jaffer

Nancy Jaffer

Always on the go, award-winning equestrian photojournalist Nancy Jaffer travels the globe to send you inside stories from the competitions she attends.

She tells it the way she sees it, which means she provides entertainment as well as on-the-spot information for readers.

Former USHJA President Bill Moroney, USHJA Managing Director of Awards Marla Holt and new USHJA director emeritus Alvin Topping, who was one of the people responsible for the establishment and growth of the USHJA.

The 2017 U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting

Safety was a key concern during the group’s convention in Texas, where hot topics included lack of proper emergency medical assistance, keeping track of horse falls and examinations of sport integrity.

Canada’s Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu stepped up to take the Dressage at Devon Grand Prix Freestyle with All In.

Postcard: 2017 Dressage at Devon

Canadians (and a former Canadian) swept the big classes at the USA’s iconic autumn horse show, Dressage at Devon.

Australian natives Ryan Wood and Dom Schramm are number one in the $50,000 Eventing Relay presented by the Fite Group Luxury Homes.

Postcard: Arena Eventing at the 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show

A new addition to the four-year-old show proves extremely popular, capping a day of competition with an evening of excitement.

Kent Farrington won the $216,000 U.S. Open on Creedance at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show.

Postcard: Show Jumping at the 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show

A charitable gesture shone bright after a hotly contested competition, putting a perspective on what’s important beyond the trappings of victory.

Devin Ryan and Eddie Blue were stars at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York, winning the biggest prize of their careers at Old Salem Farm.

Postcard: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York 2017

The American Gold Cup show was the venue for great sport, with a new star rising to the top Sunday on his quest to qualify for next spring’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping finals in Paris.

Andre Thieme of Germany logged one time penalty but left all the rails in place with Conthendrix to win the Saugerties HITS Milllion.

Postcard: 2017 HITS Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix

The HITS Million in upstate Saugerties, N.Y., was a mesmerizing class, as entry after entry failed to achieve a fault-free trip. The top prize went to a rider who jumped clean, but wasn’t perfect.

Daniel Bluman had the attention of the crowd at the Hampton Classic for the $300,000 grand prix as he went last in a three-horse jump-off with Ladriano Z.

Postcard: $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix

His third win at the Long Island show this week was the big one for Daniel Bluman, who took advantage of his spot in the jump-off order to produce the only double-clear in the most important class of all.

Shane Sweetnam enjoys a victory gallop at the Hampton Classic Horse Show after winning the $50,000 Longines Cup on Main Road.

Postcard: Longines Cup at the 2017 Hampton Classic

The $50,000 Longines Cup was hard-fought over a very difficult course at the high-end show in the heart of Long Island’s playground for the rich and famous.

Isabelle Lapierre won one for Quebec when she took the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Bromont on Cescha M.

Postcard: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Bromont

A one-two Canadian finish today in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Bromont delighted the home crowd, and the fact that the winner was from Quebec made the outcome even more special.

Buck Davidson dominated the Open Preliminary Division at the Mars Essex Horse Trials, winning with Victor BZ and taking second, third and fourth places as well.

Postcard: 2017 Mars Essex Horse Trials

Missing from the scene for 18 years, a special eventing competition enjoys a welcome return.

Eric Navet won the $216,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at the Tryon International Equestrian Center on Catypso.

Postcard: Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at the Tryon International Equestrian Center

An excellent 4-star grand prix drew a capacity crowd to the North Carolina facility that will host many more people and horses for a very special thirteen days of competition next year.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy won the $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing competition with Rubens D’Ysieux.

Postcard: $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing competition

A new feature at one of the country’s oldest horse shows was a resounding success, captivating the crowd and getting enthusiastic reviews from participants.

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Postcard: 2017 Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

The competitors who dominated the Intermediaire I, Grand Prix and Under 25 national dressage championships at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. had something special in common.

Phillip Dutton enjoys a victory gallop with Mr. Candyman, winner of the CCI 3-star at Jersey Fresh

Postcard: 2017 Jersey Fresh Three Day Event

Despite sheets of cold rain that drenched competitors and spectators on cross-country day, the reviews were good for an event that has often struggled, but now seems to be on the right track.

Michael Jung won his third straight Rolex Kentucky title on Fischerrocana FST.

Postcard: 2017 Rolex Kentucky Show Jumping

The world’s most successful three-day event rider earned his third straight victory in the USA’s only 4-star with a ride that wasn’t perfect, but did the trick.

Germany’s Michael Jung went into the lead on Fischerrocana FST after cross-country at Rolex Kentucky.

Postcard: 2017 Rolex Kentucky - Cross Country

Visitors from across the Atlantic dominate the top of the leaderboard after Saturday’s competition at the Kentucky Horse Park, with the best U.S. rider in fourth place.

The stands were packed for the second day of the dressage phase at Rolex Kentucky, which attracted a crowd of 13,402.

Postcard: 2017 Rolex Kentucky - Dressage Day Two

North American riders dominate the standings at the Kentucky Horse Park going into the cross-country test.

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Postcard: 2017 Rolex Kentucky Dressage, Day One

A beloved fixture at the Kentucky Horse Park marks its 20th anniversary as a 4-star, but the big time eventing action actually predates it to 1978, when the venue hosted the World Eventing Championships.

McLain Ward and HH Azur on their way to the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping title.

Postcard: Last day of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final

McLain Ward’s cherished ambition became reality in Omaha as he finally won the trophy he had sought for decades.

Isabell Werth and Wiehegold OLD on their victory pass in Omaha.

Postcard: 2017 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final - Freestyle

As befits a global championship, the performances were world-class in the musical freestyle at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, but no one came close to getting between Isabell Werth and her title.

Isabell Werth gave some interesting insights to Karen Pavicic as she rode Totem.

Postcard: Dressage Showcase in Omaha

Spectators at the CenturyLink Center got a window into the techniques that have made so many great horses for Germany’s legendary Isabell Werth.

Isabell Werth demonstrated why she is the number one dressage rider in the world with a precise performance on Wiehegold OLD.

Postcard: 2017 FEI World Cup Dressage Final - Grand Prix

Today’s competition set the stage for Saturday’s freestyle title match, with world number one Isabell Werth of Germany topping the roster.

It was a must-win situation and Todd Minikus settled for nothing less, taking the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala on Babalou.

2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala

At the Live Oak International show, Todd Minikus pulled off a come-from-behind save worthy of a movie script as he finally achieved an elusive goal.

Kent Farrington and Gazelle over the last fence on the way to winning the $380,000 Fidelity Investments 5-star Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Postcard: 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival

Week five of the 12-week WEF in Wellington Florida was highlighted by the $380,000 Fidelity Investments 5-Star Grand Prix, but there was plenty of other jumper action at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center over the weekend as well.

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Postcard: 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

During a series of thrilling performances in Wellington, Fla., yesterday, Laura Graves and two of her teammates from last summer’s Rio Olympics showed off the skills that won bronze for the USA at the Games.

Postcard: $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington promo image

Postcard: $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington

With 12 countries represented in a truly international field of 40 riders, the CP Palm Beach Masters offered a competitive grand prix on the turf, as the clock ticked down to qualifying for next month’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha.

2017 Land Rover Eventing Showcase promo image

2017 Land Rover Eventing Showcase

A fabulous fixture that draws a crowd, the lone eventing competition in Wellington, Fla., also drew some impressive names this weekend, but no one could overcome Boyd Martin’s lock on the showcase as the only winner in its three years of existence.

Photo Gallery: 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters presented by SOVARO® promo image

Photo Gallery: 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters presented by SOVARO®

Photo gallery from Friday’s $35,000 qualifier for the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington at the CP Palm Beach Masters presented by SOVARO®.

Postcard: 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters promo image

Postcard: 2017 CP Palm Beach Masters

There were two blue ribbon winners in a class of nearly 100 riders that served as a qualifier for Sunday’s featured $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington at a show on a private estate in the “winter horse capital of world”

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Wrap-up Postcard: 2017 U.S. Equestrian Federation Meeting

The sparkle of awards celebrations highlighted the convention for many attending, but behind the scenes, the dedicated governance group was working hard on reinventing the 100-year-old organization.

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Bulletin: 2017 U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting

A special anniversary is marked by exciting prospects for the organization, as it blazes a trail geared toward growing the sport while continuing to insure fair play and the welfare of horses.

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Postcard: 2016 U.S. Eventing Association Convention in Florida

From the elite riders to the base of amateurs, young people and lower-level competitors, the USEA didn’t forget a constituency during its well-attended annual meeting in rainy Hollywood, Fla.

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Postcard: 2016 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto lived up to its stellar reputation and then some this year with show jumping Olympic medalists galore and atmosphere like no other venue in the world.

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Postcard: $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto

Friendly rivals Kent Farrington and McLain Ward were at it again last night at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, finishing first and second in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto.

Postcard: 2016 CP National Horse Show promo image

Postcard: 2016 CP National Horse Show

Two young women with great promise for the future won national championships in impressive style as the CP National Horse Show closed a six-day run at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

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Postcard: $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington

Kent Farrington and Voyeur took the CP National Horse Show's biggest prize in an awe-inspiring display of speed that showcased their world-class talent

Postcard: 2016 Washington International Horse Show promo image

Postcard: 2016 Washington International Horse Show

This special show introduces horses to new fans, while bringing back those who know horses year after year for action-packed days filled with great, competition, fun and of course, shopping.

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Postcard: $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington

Lauren Hough thrilled spectators at the Washington International Horse Show with a performance that took the measure of brilliant competitors and a challenging course in the heart of the U.S. capital.

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Postcard: 2016 Dressage at Devon

Foreign riders dominated at the fall highlight of the U.S. dressage season, with Canadians taking the Grand Prix Special, the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I, while Ireland’s Judy Reynolds took the Freestyle.

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Postcard: Dressage at the 2016 Rolex Central Park Horse Show

Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin were mobbed by fans after their incredible U.S. farewell performance set against Manhattan's bright lights on a marvelous night to remember.

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Postcard: Show Jumping at the 2016 Rolex Central Park Horse Show

There was a surprising finish under the lights for the featured show jumping grand prix in the heart of Manhattan, at one of the most innovative equestrian competitions in the world.

Photo gallery: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York promo image

Photo gallery: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York

View our photo gallery of behind-the-scenes and action photos from Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York.

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Postcard: The $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York

A crowd of 8,400 watched as horse after horse faulted in a tough test for the American Gold Cup trophy at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, N.Y., leaving only two in a jump-off where the suspense continued after the last competitor crossed the finish line.

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Postcard: 2016 HITS Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix

Jessica Springsteen scored the biggest victory of her career in the 5-star rated $1 million class in Saugerties, N.Y., topping a six-horse jump-off that did not include many of this competition's usual suspects.