Equestrian
at the Games of the VIII Olympiad
VenueAuteuil Hippodrome
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Dates21–27 July 1924
No. of events5
Competitors97 from 17 nations
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The equestrian events at the 1924 Paris Olympics included eventing (individual and team medals), show jumping (individual and team medals) and dressage (individual medals). Vaulting was not included this year. The competitions were held from 21 to 27 July 1924. 17 nations fielded teams: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, and Yugoslavia, with Germany not being invited. Of those 17 countries, only 5 fielded teams in all 3 disciplines: France, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia. A total of 97 entries and 126 horses competed. Horses in both the jumping and eventing competitions were required to carry at least 75 kilograms (165 lb).[1]

Disciplines

Show jumping

The jumping competition was held over a 1060-meter course with fences up to 1.40 meters and at a speed of 400 m/min. Civilians were allowed to compete, although many teams still had army officers. 34 of the 43 riders finished, but 17 of those had time penalties over the challenging course, which were added at a 1/4 point per second over time. 11 nations competed.

Dressage

9 nations and 24 riders total competed in the dressage competition. Unlike today, the dressage test had a time limit. For the 1924 Games, the 10.5 minute time allowed was too short and the first few riders garnered point deductions for taking too long, while those that went later cut corners and performed the test as quickly as possible. The test was performed in a 60 m x 20 m arena, as it is today, but the 5 judges all sat together on one of the short sides of the area, rather than being spread out at different points. Dressage required the horses to be ridden in a plain snaffle and split bit.

Eventing

44 riders from 13 countries competed in the eventing competition, with only 32 finishing. 8 riders were eliminated during the endurance test, 1 during the jumping test, and 3 did not contest the jumping following endurance day. The dressage test was worth 200 points total for the competition; phases A, C, and E of the endurance test were worth 200 points, steeplechase was worth 500 points, and cross-country 700 points; and the jumping test was worth 400 total points. The endurance test held a new format that would be used for several additional Olympic Games:

Medal summary

Games Gold Silver Bronze
Individual dressage
details
 Ernst Linder
and Piccolomino (SWE)
 Bertil Sandström
and Sabel (SWE)
 Xavier Lesage
and Plumard (FRA)
Individual eventing
details
 Adolph van der Voort van Zijp
and Silver Piece (NED)
 Frode Kirkebjerg
and Meteor (DEN)
 Sloan Doak
and Pathfinder (USA)
Team eventing
details
 Netherlands (NED)
Adolph van der Voort van Zijp
and Silver Piece
Charles Pahud de Mortanges
and Johnny Walker
Gerard de Kruijff
and Addio
Antonius Colenbrander
and King of Hearts
 Sweden (SWE)
Claës König
and Bojar
Torsten Sylvan
and Anita
Gustaf Hagelin
and Varius
Carl Gustaf Lewenhaupt
and Canter
 Italy (ITA)
Alberto Lombardi
and Pimplo
Alessandro Alvisi
and Capiligio
Emanuele Beraudo di Pralormo
and Mount Félix
Tommaso Lequio di Assaba
and Torena
Individual jumping
details
 Alphonse Gemuseus
and Lucette (SUI)
 Tommaso Lequio di Assaba
and Trebecco (ITA)
 Adam Królikiewicz
and Picador (POL)
Team jumping
details
 Sweden (SWE)
Åke Thelning
and Loke
Axel Ståhle
and Cecil
Åge Lundström
and Anvers
 Switzerland (SUI)
Alphonse Gemuseus
and Lucette
Werner Stuber
and Girandole
Hans Bühler
and Sailor Boy
 Portugal (POR)
António Borges
and Reginald
Hélder de Souza
and Avro
José Mouzinho
and Hetrugo

Participating nations

A total of 97 horse riders from 17 nations competed at the Paris Games:

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Sweden (SWE)2204
2 Netherlands (NED)2002
3 Switzerland (SUI)1102
4 Italy (ITA)0112
5 Denmark (DEN)0101
6 France (FRA)0011
 Poland (POL)0011
 Portugal (POR)0011
 United States (USA)0011
Totals (9 entries)55515

References

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Equestrianism at the 1924 Paris Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.