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Equestrian at the 1936 Summer Olympics

The Equestrian Events at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics included Dressage, Eventing, and Show Jumping. All three disciplines had both individual and team competitions. The host country, Germany, had a stellar year, winning both individual and team gold in every equestrian event, as well as individual silver in dressage. The competitions were held from August 12, 1936 to August 16, 1936.

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Medal summary

Individual dressage
details
22x20px Heinz Pollay and Kronos
Germany (GER)
22x20px Friedrich Gerhard and Absinth
Germany (GER)
22x20px Alois Podhajsky and Nero
Austria (AUT)
Team dressage
details
Germany Germany (GER)
Heinz Pollay and Kronos
Friedrich Gerhard and Absinth
Hermann von Oppeln-Bronikowski and Gimpel
France France (FRA)
André Jousseaume and Favorite
Gérard de Ballorre and Debaucheur
Daniel Gillois and Nicolas
Sweden Sweden (SWE)
Gregor Adlercreutz and Teresina
Sven Colliander and Kål XX
Folke Sandström and Pergola
Individual eventing
details
22x20px Ludwig Stubbendorf and Nurmi
Germany (GER)
22x20px Earl Foster Thomson and Jenny Camp
United States (USA)
22x20px Hans Lunding and Jason
Denmark (DEN)
Team eventing
details
Germany Germany (GER)
Ludwig Stubbendorf and Nurmi
Rudolf Lippert and Fasan
Konrad Freiherr von Wangenheim and Kurfürst
Poland Poland (POL)
Henryk Roycewicz and Arlekin III
Zdzisław Kawecki and Bambino
Seweryn Kulesza and Tóska
Great Britain Great Britain (GBR)
Alec Scott and Bob Clive
Edward Howard-Vyse and Blue Steel
Richard Fanshawe and Bowie Knife
Individual jumping
details
22x20px Kurt Hasse and Tora
Germany (GER)
22x20px Henri Rang and Delfis
Romania (ROU)
22x20px József von Platthy and Sellő
Hungary (HUN)
Team jumping
details
Germany Germany (GER)
Kurt Hasse and Tora
Marten von Barnekow and Nordland
Heinz Brandt and Alchimist
Netherlands Netherlands (NED)
Johan Greter and Ernica
Jan de Bruine and Trixie
Henri van Schaik and Santa Bell
Portugal Portugal (POR)
José Beltrão and Biscuit
Domingos de Sousa and Merle Blanc
Luís Mena e Silva and Fossette

Participating nations

A total of 127 horse riders from 21 nations competed at the Berlin Games:

Medal table

1

Germany Germany (GER)

6 1 0 7

2

France France (FRA)

0 1 0 1

Netherlands Netherlands (NED)

0 1 0 1

Poland Poland (POL)

0 1 0 1

Romania Romania (ROU)

0 1 0 1

United States United States (USA)

0 1 0 1

7

Austria Austria (AUT)

0 0 1 1

Denmark Denmark (DEN)

0 0 1 1

Great Britain Great Britain (GBR)

0 0 1 1

Hungary Hungary (HUN)

0 0 1 1

Portugal Portugal (POR)

0 0 1 1

Sweden Sweden (SWE)

0 0 1 1

Controversy

The 1936 Olympics produced controversial results, with the Germans winning all 6 gold medals, the only time in Olympic history where one team has made a clean sweep. There were protests from all 18 teams at the Games. One incident occurred on the cross-country course in the eventing competition, where the 4th fence, a 3 ft post-and-rail dropping into a pond, produced a great number of falls. The landing was much deeper than anticipated and the footing underneath did not hold up well. However, all of the German team members made it through without a problem, suggesting that the host team might have known the true condition of the obstacle.

References

  • Bryant, Jennifer O. Olympic Equestrian, A Century of International Horse Sport. Lexington, KY: Blood-Horse Publications, 2008



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