Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern Jr.

Gustaf Adolf "Gösta" Boltenstern Jr. (15 May 1904 – 31 March 1995) was a Swedish officer and horse rider who competed at the 1932, 1948, 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics.

Gösta Boltenstern
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Gösta Boltenstern circa 1951.
Birth nameGustaf Adolf Boltenstern
Born(1904-05-15)15 May 1904
Stockholm, Sweden
Died31 March 1995(1995-03-31) (aged 90)
Mariefred, Sweden
Service/branchSwedish Army
Years of service1925–1954
Commands heldHerrevad Abbey Remount Depot (1954–57)[1]
RelationsGustaf Adolf Boltenstern (father)
Other workEquerry (1957–1969), Crown Equerry (1969–)[1]

Military careerEdit

Boltenstern was born on 15 May 1904 in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of Colonel Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern and his wife Amelie (née von Dardel). He was commissioned as an officer in 1925[1] and attended the Cavalry School in France in 1931.[2] Boltenstern became Ryttmästare in 1940. Boltenstern was teaching at the Army Riding School from 1942 to 1954 and was appointed Major in 1953. He was placed in the reserve in 1954 and was head of the Herrevad Abbey Remount Depot from 1954 to 1957 and served as Equerry at the Royal Majesty's court from 1957.[1] In 1969, Boltenstern was appointed Crown Equerry.[3]

Sports careerEdit

Olympic medal record
Representing   Sweden
  1952 Helsinki Team dressage
  1956 Stockholm Team dressage
  1932 Los Angeles Team dressage
  1948 London Individual dressage

Boltenstern rode as a child and started competing in 1927, after which he, with the exception of 1931, when he was commanded to the Cavalry School in Saumur, France, every year participated in equestrian competitions in Sweden. His most successful horses were: FOX, Vitalis, Nalle-Puh ("Winnie the Pooh"). The foremost success was the victory in Jönköping in 1932 in a difficult dressage competition. During the Nordic Equestrian Competitions in Oslo in 1929, in Stockholm in 1930 and in Copenhagen, he won a prize in the dressage competition with Fox and Vitalis.[2]

In 1932 he and his horse Ingo were part of the Swedish dressage team which won the silver medal in the team dressage, after finishing eighth in the individual dressage.

Sixteen years later he competed again at the Olympics and won the bronze medal with his horse Trumf in the 1948 individual dressage. The Swedish team won the gold medal in the team event, but was disqualified because one of its members was not a legitimate military officer.[4][5]

In 1952 he won his gold medal with the Swedish team in the team competition, after finishing fourth with his horse Krest in the individual dressage. In 1956 he and his horse Krest won their second gold medal with the Swedish dressage team. In the individual dressage they finished seventh.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1929, Boltenstern married Britt Floderus (born 1908), daughter of Colonel Ernst Floderus and Majken (née Själander). He was the father of Claes (born 1935).[6]

Dates of rankEdit

Awards and decorationEdit

Boltenstern's awards:[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Harnesk, Paul, ed. (1962). Vem är vem? 1, Stor-Stockholm [Who is who? 1, Greater Stockholm] (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Vem är vem. p. 182.
  2. ^ a b "Gösta Boltenstern" (in Swedish). Svenskt Porträttarkiv. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  3. ^ Lagerström, Sten, ed. (1968). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1969 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1969] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 129. SELIBR 3681519.
  4. ^ a b "Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Gustaf Boltenstern" (in Swedish). Swedish Olympic Committee. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b Harnesk, Paul, ed. (1964). Vem är vem?. 2, Svealand utom Stor-Stockholm [Who is Who?. 2, Svealand excluding Greater Stockholm] (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Bokförlaget Vem är vem. p. 104.

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