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Equestrian at the 1932 Summer Olympics

The equestrian events at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games included dressage (team and individual medals), eventing (team and individual medals), and show jumping (individual medals while team medals were not awarded). The competitions were held from August 10 to 14, 1932. Due to the Great Depression, and the fact that the Games were held in Los Angeles (which was considerably difficult for the European nations to travel to), only 35 entries from 6 nations competed—which was to be the lowest participation of any Olympic Games.

Equestrian
at the Games of the X Olympiad
Baron Nishi at LA.jpg
Takeichi Nishi with Uranus at the 1932 Summer Games
VenueRiviera Country Club
Westchester
Olympic Stadium
DatesAugust 10–14
No. of events6
Competitors31 from 6 nations
← 1928
1936 →

DisciplinesEdit

JumpingEdit

The jumping competition had 11 riders from 4 nations. While individual medals were awarded, none of the teams managed to have three riders finish the course so team medals were not awarded.[1] The 18-obstacle, 20-effort course was 1,060 meters in length, and included two fences at 1.60 meters, a very difficult wall, and a water that was 5 meters in width. 100,000 spectators were present at the show jumping competition.

DressageEdit

The dressage had 10 riders from 4 nations, and was held on the Riviera Country Club's polo field. 25,000 spectators watched the 16-minute tests, which now for the first time included piaffe and passage. A controversy arose after Swedish rider Bertil Sandström was accused of clucking to his horse, which was not allowed under FEI rules. Sandström claimed it was simply his new saddle squeaking. After being reviewed by the Appeals Committee consisting of FEI President Guy Henry, FEI Vice President Clarence von Rosen of Sweden, and FEI Secretary General Georges Hector of France, the decision was made to place Sandström, who was in silver position, last individually but to allow his score to count for his team. This resulted in a French rider moving into individual silver position and an American moving into bronze.

EventingEdit

14 riders competed with only 3 teams starting: the United States, The Netherlands, and Sweden. Sweden's Arne Francke was eliminated cross-country, so only team gold (United States) and silver (The Netherlands) were awarded. Pahud de Mortanges won his second consecutive individual gold medal, while individual silver went to Earl Foster Thomson on Jenny Camp who was to repeat that performance at the 1936 Olympic Games. The bronze winner in the eventing competition, Clarence von Rosen junior, also won bronze in the Jumping competition.

Medal summaryEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual dressage
details
  Xavier Lesage
and Taine (FRA)
  Charles Marion
and Linon (FRA)
  Hiram Tuttle
and Olympic (USA)
Team dressage
details
  France (FRA)
Xavier Lesage
and Taine
Charles Marion
and Linon
André Jousseaume
and Sorelta
  Sweden (SWE)
Bertil Sandström
and Kreta
Thomas Byström
and Gulliver
Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr.
and Ingo
  United States (USA)
Hiram Tuttle
and Olympic
Isaac Kitts
and American Lady
Alvin Moore
and Water Pat
Individual eventing
details
  Charles Pahud de Mortanges
and Ferdinand (NED)
  Earl Foster Thomson
and Jenny Camp (USA)
  Clarence von Rosen, Jr.
and Sunnyside Maid (SWE)
Team eventing
details
  United States (USA)
Earl Foster Thomson
and Jenny Camp
Harry Chamberlin
and Pleasant Smiles
Edwin Argo
and Honolulu Tomboy
  Netherlands (NED)
Charles Pahud de Mortanges
and Marcroix
Karel Schummelketel
and Duiveltje
Aernout van Lennep
and Henk
No Bronze awarded
Individual jumping
details
  Takeichi Nishi
and Uranus (JPN)
  Harry Chamberlin
and Show Girl (USA)
  Clarence von Rosen, Jr.
and Empire (SWE)
Team jumping
details
The event was declared void as no nation completed the course with three riders

Participating nationsEdit

Each country was allowed to enter three riders in every event. A total number of 35 riders were originally entered.

A total of 31 horse riders from 6 nations competed at the Los Angeles Games:

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  France (FRA)2103
2  United States (USA)1225
3  Netherlands (NED)1102
4  Japan (JPN)1001
5  Sweden (SWE)0123
Totals (5 nations)55414


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wallechinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Olympics. England: Penguin Books. p. 228. ISBN 0140066322.