The 1900 Summer Olympics was the only Olympic Games to date to feature an equestrian long jump competition. Of the seventeen competitors who entered, around half are known by name. The event was won by Constant van Langhendonck of Belgium, with silver going to Gian Giorgio Trissino of Italy and bronze to Jacques de Prunelé of France.
|Equestrian long jump|
at the Games of the II Olympiad
|Venue||7th arrondissement of Paris|
|Competitors||17 from 5 nations|
|Winning distance||6.10 metres|
No equestrian events were held at the first modern Olympics in 1896. Five events, including this one, were featured in 1900. Only the show jumping competition would ever be held again after that; this was the only appearance of the long jump.
Competition format edit
The competition format was more like a human high jump than long jump, with competitors trying to clear a fixed distance that increased with each success rather than simply jumping and measuring the distance. The equestrian long jump involved trying to clear a water jump with the take-off point moved further back each time the jump was made. The distance began at 4.50 metres, increasing gradually to 4.90 metres. Remaining riders at that point could choose subsequent distances.
|Thursday, 31 May 1900||Final|
All 17 competitors managed to jump 4.50 metres (14.8 ft), but several were eliminated at 4.90 metres (16.1 ft). The winning jump of 6.10 metres (20.0 ft) was considered unimpressive, but was in part due to heavy ground caused by rain earlier on the day of the competition. The silver medal was won by an Italian competitor Gian Giorgio Trissino, who also won the joint gold medal in the Equestrian high jump competition.
|Constant van Langhendonck||Belgium||Extra-Dry||6.10|
|Gian Giorgio Trissino||Italy||Oreste||5.70|
|Jacques de Prunelé||France||Tolla||5.30|
|6||van der Meulen||Belgium||The Wett||Unknown|
|7–17||Uberto Visconti di Modrone||Italy||Jupe-en-l'Air||Unknown|
|Vladimir Nikolayevich Orlov||Russian Empire||Unknown||Unknown|
|Élie de Polyakov||Russian Empire||Unknown||Unknown|
|7 unknown combinations||Unknown|
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Equestrianism at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Mixed Long Jump". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
- "Long Jump, Open". Olympedia. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
- "Equestrian-jumping/individual-mixed". Olympics.com. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
- Some sources identify Camille de La Forgue de Bellegarde as the bronze medal winner, but he was possibly the owner of the horse, rather than the rider.
- Megan Gibson: 9 Really Strange Sports That Are No Longer in the Olympics: Horse Long Jump, Time, July 6, 2012
- International Olympic Committee medal winners database
- De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Equestrian 1900". Available electronically at . Accessed July 29, 2015.Archive at the Wayback Machine (archived 4 March 2016)
- Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0.