Riding for the Team

Inspirational Stories of the USA's Medal-Winning Equestrians and Their Horses

Nancy Jaffer

$23.99 $45.00


“To win for the USA.” Many young athletes grow up with a goal of reaching the Olympics and the glories of their sport’s highest levels. It is no different for equestrians, whether they ride English, Western, vault, or drive a carriage. From playing with plastic ponies and taking their first riding lessons, to finding success in the arena, thousands of horse lovers hope they can one day represent the United States in international competition. Riding for the Team chronicles the lives of those who dreamed about competing for their country and “made it,” sharing inspirational stories from the international governing organization’s eight equestrian disciplines: show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting, reining, endurance, and para-dressage.

Readers are immersed in the fascinating histories of the medal-winning riders, drivers, and vaulters who have dominated American equestrian sport over the past 28 years, such as McLain Ward, Karen O’Connor, Debbie McDonald, and Tim McQuay. Get the inside scoop on legendary horses who have become household names, including Flexible, Biko, Verdades, and Gunners Special Nite. Offering exclusive insights, this book gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of top-level equestrian sport. Athletes tell their stories and those of their horses during the years they honed their talent and dedicated their lives to representing their country in the Olympics, World Equestrian Games, World Championships, and Pan American Games. Beautifully illustrated with breathtaking photographs from prestigious competitions held around the world, Riding for the Team not only provides a dazzling record of American equestrian accomplishment, it promises to inspire the next generation of champions. 

Additional Information

Author: Nancy Jaffer

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 304

Illustrations: 170 color and black & white photographs

ISBN: 9781570768729

By Nancy Jaffer

Nancy Jaffer is a respected equestrian photojournalist whose articles have appeared regularly online and in the pages of Practical Horseman and Dressage Today magazines. She has covered nine Olympics and is a contributor to Horse & Hound magazine (UK), Horse International, and In Stride, and writes the “Due South” column on the Horse Sport (Canada) website. Jaffer, who has a website nancyjaffer.com, wrote a weekly newspaper column on equestrian sports that appeared in The Star-Ledger of New Jersey from 1972 until 2015. She is the coauthor of Riding Through with dressage Olympian Debbie McDonald and Life in the Galloping Lane with eventing Olympians Karen and David O’Connor. She also edited the last USET publication, entitled Riding for America.

Jumper Nation Says:

“I truly could not put the book down.”

Northeast Equestrian Life Says:

“A beautiful coffee table quality hardcover, this book will
astound equestrians as well as non-horsey dinner guests.”