Equestrian at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Individual jumping

The individual show jumping at the 1968 Summer Olympics took place on 23 October. The event was open to men and women.[1] There were 42 competitors from 15 nations.[2] Each nation was limited to three riders. The event was won by William Steinkraus of the United States, the nation's first medal in individual jumping. Marion Coakes of Great Britain was the first female rider to win a medal in individual jumping, taking silver. Great Britain also earned its third consecutive bronze medal in the event, with David Broome earning his second (after 1960) to become the fifth person to win multiple medals in the event.

Individual jumping
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
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Scoreboard showing partial results of the team event
VenueCampo Marte
Date23 October
Competitors42 from 15 nations
Winning total4 faults
1st place, gold medalist(s) William Steinkraus
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Marion Coakes
 Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) David Broome
 Great Britain
← 1964
1972 →


This was the 13th appearance of the event, which had first been held at the 1900 Summer Olympics and has been held at every Summer Olympics at which equestrian sports have been featured (that is, excluding 1896, 1904, and 1908). It is the oldest event on the current programme, the only one that was held in 1900.[2] The team and individual results were once again separated; they had been combined from 1924 to 1956, separate in 1960, and combined again in 1964.

Six of the top 10 riders from the 1964 competition returned: two-time (1952 and 1964) gold medalist Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola of France, fourth-place finisher John Fahey of Australia, fifth-place finisher Nelson Pessoa of Brazil, seventh-place finisher Frank Chapot of the United States, ninth-place finisher Piero D'Inzeo of Italy, and tenth-place finisher Max Hauri of Switzerland. Also returning was D'Inzeo's brother Raimondo D'Inzeo. Raimondo had won the 1960 gold and 1956 silver medals; Piero had won the 1960 silver and 1956 bronze medals. The brothers were competing in their sixth Olympics; they would be the first to reach eight Games. Jonquères d'Oriola was competing in his fifth. Hans Günter Winkler, who had competed three times for the United Team of Germany and won gold in 1956, was also in Mexico City and now competing for West Germany. The reigning World Champion, who had also earned Olympic bronze in 1960, was David Broome of Great Britain. Thus, the field included the last four Olympic gold medalists (Jonquères d'Oriola, Winkler, R. D'Inzeo, and Jonquères d'Oriola again) and last six World Champions (Winkler twice, R. D'Inzeo twice, Jonquères d'Oriola, and Broome).

Bolivia, Canada, and West Germany each made their debut in the event. France competed for the 12th time, most of any nation, having missed the individual jumping only in 1932.

Competition formatEdit

There were two rounds, as had been the case since 1952, but the format had been tweaked. Instead of two rounds on the same course, now there were two different courses. Moreover, instead of all riders who finished the first round competing again, now only the top 18 riders (or all riders with 8 or fewer faults, if there were more than 18) advanced to the second round. The first course was 750 metres long; the second was a more puissance-styled course of 410 metres. The total score from both rounds determined final rankings. There was a jump-off for the bronze medal, with the time in the jump-off used as a tie-breaker if riders were still tied (as all were). The jump-off course was 370 metres.[2]


All times are Central Standard Time (UTC-6)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 23 October 1968 10:00
Round 1
Round 2


42 riders competed.[3] Broome's horse Mr. Softee would later appear in the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode "Archaeology Today" "Trailer sketch" in 1970, though Anneli Drummond-Hay was riding the horse rather than Broome. All four of the riders in the jump-off completed the course cleanly, so time was the deciding factor.

Rank Rider Horse Nation Faults Jump-off time
Round 1 Round 2 Total
  William Steinkraus Snowbound   United States 0 4 4
  Marion Coakes Stroller   Great Britain 0 8 8
  David Broome Mr. Softee   Great Britain 4 8 12 35.3
4 Frank Chapot San Lucas   United States 4 8 12 36.8
5 Hans Günter Winkler Enigk   West Germany 8 4 12 37.5
6 Jim Elder The Immigrant   Canada 8 4 12 39.2
7 Alwin Schockemöhle Donald Rex   West Germany 8 8 16
Argentino Molinuevo Jr. Don Gustavo   Argentina 8 8 16
Piero D'Inzeo Fidux   Italy 4 12 16
Monica Bachmann Erbach   Switzerland 8 8 16
11 Harvey Smith Madison Time   Great Britain 8 8.25 16.25
12 Lucia Faria Rush du Camp   Brazil 7.25 12 19.25
13 Carlos César Delía Scandale   Argentina 8 12 20
Arthur Blickenstorfer Marianka   Switzerland 8 12 20
Jim Day Canadian Club   Canada 4 16 20
16 Nelson Pessoa Pass-Op   Brazil 8 16 24
17 Pierre D'Oriola Nagir   France 8 20.5 28.5
18 Kevin Bacon Chichester   Australia 4 24.75 28.75
19 Fernando Hernández Churintzio   Mexico 10.75 Did not advance
20 Marcel Rozier Quo Vadis   France 11 Did not advance
21 Paul Weier Wildfeuer   Switzerland 12 Did not advance
Kathryn Kusner Untouchable   United States 12 Did not advance
Graziano Mancinelli Doneraile   Italy 12 Did not advance
Ricardo Guasch Mixteco   Mexico 12 Did not advance
John Fahey Bon Vale   Australia 12 Did not advance
26 Tadashi Fukushima Queen   Japan 16 Did not advance
Hartwig Steenken Simona   West Germany 16 Did not advance
Raimondo D'Inzeo Bellevue   Italy 16 Did not advance
Viktor Matveyev Krojotnyi   Soviet Union 16 Did not advance
Sam Campbell April Love   Australia 16 Did not advance
Masayasu Sugitani Ringo   Japan 16 Did not advance
32 Janou Lefèbvre Rocket   France 20 Did not advance
33 José Fernandez Cantal   Brazil 23.25 Did not advance
34 Roberto Nielsen-Reyes Ukamau   Bolivia 24 Did not advance
35 Marian Kozicki Braz   Poland 28 Did not advance
36 Torchy Millar Beefeater   Canada 31.5 Did not advance
37 Joaquín Pérez de las H. Romeo   Mexico 36.5 Did not advance
38 Antoni Pacyński Cirrus   Poland 37.25 Did not advance
39 Piotr Wawryniuk Farys   Poland 52.75 Did not advance
Jorge Amaya Gemelo   Argentina DSQ Did not advance
Yevgeny Kuzin Figlar   Soviet Union DSQ Did not advance
Yugo Araki Far East   Japan DSQ Did not advance


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Equestrianism at the 1968 Mexico City Equestrian Games: Mixed Jumping, Individual". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Jumping, Individual, Open". Olympedia. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  3. ^ Official Report, vol. 3, p. 634.