Nancy Jaffer

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A Review of The Girl on the Dancing Horse

Photojournalist Nancy Jaffer shares her thoughts on Charlotte Dujardin’s memoir.

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Report from the 2018 International Omaha Dressage Team Challenge

A year after staging the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals, a show is busy reinventing itself.

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The Future of Midwestern Dressage

Omaha’s successful FEI World Cup Dressage Final supports the region’s strategic plan to grow the sport.

Judy Reynolds of Ireland made it four victories in a row as she won the Grand Prix Freestyle on Vancouver K before a packed house during Dressage at Devon. (Photo copyright 2016 by Nancy Jaffer)

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.

Debbie McDonald (second from right) with the 2004 bronze medal team of Robert Dover, now team chef d’equipe; Lisa Wilcox and far right, Guenter Seidel. | Photo copyright by Nancy Jaffer

Debbie McDonald Talks About Rio

Debbie McDonald's efforts on behalf of U.S. dressage paid off in Rio, contributing to the first Olympic medal for the country since the 2004 team on which she rode Brentina

U.S. Dressage Coach Robert Dover. (Copyright by Nancy Jaffer)

Q and A with U.S. Olympic Dressage Coach Robert Dover Before Rio

Nancy Jaffer talks with U.S. Olympic dressage coach, Robert Dover about the team and how things are going before they head to Rio next month.

It was a unanimous "Yes" vote at the U.S. Equestrian Federation mid-year meeting for Murray Kessler to become the organization’s next president. | Photo copyright 2016 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: 2016 U.S. Equestrian Federation Mid-Year Meeting

It was a landmark meeting in Gladstone, N.J., for the U.S. Equestrian Federation, where it elected its next president and convened at a new venue, the home of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation.

Karen Pavicic of Canada won both the Grand Prix and the Freestyle at the International Omaha 4-star dressage competition. | Photo copyright 2016 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: Dressage at International Omaha

Dressage takes a bow at the International Omaha in preparation for next year's Reem Acra FEI Dressage World Cup™ finals,. The expectation is that the discipline will find a new audience in a different part of the country.

Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaard’s Dublet, second in the Grand Prix Freestyle. | Photo copyright 2016 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: Nations' Cup week at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival

The U.S. dominated in the Nations' Cup and Grand Prix freestyle, but other countries got their slice of glory along the way as the Adequan Global Dressage Festival drew to an end in Wellington, Fla.

Omaha Equestrian Foundation CEO Mike West with Lisa Roskens at their table during the USEF annual meeting, where they promoted the 2017 Omaha Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals. | Photo copyright 2016 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: 2016 U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting

A lot was accomplished at the U.S. Equestrian Federation's annual meeting in Lexington, Ky., where good discussions on longstanding issues, such as drugs, and new topics, including coaching, highlighted the sessions.

U.S. Equestrian Federation President Chrystine Tauber with former CEO Chris Welton at the 2015 Horse of the Year dinner | Photo copyright 2016 by Nancy Jaffer

Bulletin: 2016 U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting

The buzz at today's session in Lexington, Ky., was all about the departure of CEO Chris Welton, who had been highly touted when he took the post in June 2014.

Mikala Gundersen, winner of the Dressage at Devon Grand Prix Freestyle on My Lady, enjoys the reaction from enthusiastic spectators during her victory pass | Photo copyright 2015 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: 2015 Dressage at Devon

The 40th anniversary of Dressage at Devon was marked by rain and cold, which meant rearranging the schedule, but the multinational display of talent at the famous showgrounds trumped the weather.

Charlotte Dujardin and Renaissance Tyme | Photo copyright 2015 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: 2015 Rolex Central Park Horse Show Part III

The world's number one dressage rider, who wowed the crowds with her freestyle on a catch ride last night at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, revealed to fans how she trains during a master class this afternoon at the Wollman Rink.

Canada’s Brittany Fraser was another who had a personal best to stand second with All In. | Photo copyright 2015 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Team Dressage - Day One

The U.S. leads Canada after the first day of dressage at the Pan American Games, but there's a chance for the home team to catch up on Sunday

Reem Acra FEI Dressage Freestyle winner Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro | Photo copyright 2015 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: 2015 FEI World Cup Dressage Freestyle

Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and her mount Valegro, holder of every world record and title, won the Reem Acra FEI World Cup handily and enchanted a crowd of nearly 11,000 in Las Vegas.

Shannon Peters as Poison Ivy and David Blake as Batman perform a pas de deux during the dressage exhibition at the Thomas & Mack Center | Photo copyright 2015 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: Dressage Showcase at the FEI Dressage World Cup Final

Pas de deux offered some imaginative ideas that pleased the crowd at the FEI Dressage World Cup in Las Vegas, but there was a poignant moment when Wizard retired.

The FEI World Cup Grand Prix was another triumph for Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro | Photo copyright 2015 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: 2015 FEI World Cup Dressage Grand Prix

Valegro tops the first leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage final, as expected. The U.S. finishes the test well, with two in the top five of the 18-horse field in Las Vegas.

The U.S. team was loudly cheered (though not as loudly as the French) when it made its appearance in the parade of athletes, led by dressage rider Steffen Peters and reiner Mandy McCutcheon | Photo © 2014 by Nancy Jaffer

Postcard: 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremonies

The seventh Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games got off to an illustrious start with Olympic-caliber opening ceremonies in Caen, France.

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Postcard: Central Park Horse Show Press Conference

Donald Trump has teamed with Mark Bellissimo to bring the long awaited Central Park Horse Show to reality.

National Grand Prix Champion Steffen Peters on Legolas and reserve champion Laura Graves with Verdades | © 2014 by Nancy Jaffer

Final Postcard: 2014 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions

Steffen Peters and Legolas win the Grand Prix Freestyle with Laura Graves and Verdades close behind in second place at the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions.

Adrienne Lyle, on her way into the arena, congratulates a fellow young gun, Laura Graves, who earned a stunning 74.549 percent in the Grand Prix Special | © 2014 by Nancy Jaffer

Second Postcard: 2014 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions

26 yr old Laura Graves earned a stunning 74.549 percent in the Grand Prix Special aboard Verdades, just 1.098 percent away from the mark set by Steffen Peters on Legolas.

The future of dressage coming atcha: Laura Graves on Verdades, Adrienne Lyle on Wizard and Caroline Roffman on Her Highness O, three Grand Prix riders under 30 who tied for fourth in the Grand Prix at the Dressage Festival of Champions | © 2014 by Nancy Jaffer)

Postcard: 2014 U.S. Equestrian Federation Dressage Festival of Champions

Steffen Peters won the Grand Prix at the U.S. Equestrian Dressage Festival of Champions with Jan Ebeling in second and Tina Konyot in third but the next generation of dressage stars weren't far behind, with three riders under 30 tied for fourth place.