History Of Showjumping At The Olympics

1900 Paris, France - The 1900 olympic games were first games to include equestrian events, as well as showjumping the 1900 games also included the high jump, long jump, mixed hacks and hunters and mail coach. the olympic sports of dressage and eventing would not be included till 1912. At the first showjumping olympics there would be no team competition but only an individual competition which was one by Belgium rider Aime Haegeman riding Benton II
Aimé Haegeman on Benton II (BEL) Georges Van Der Poele on Windsor Squire (BEL) Louis de Champsavin on Terpsichore (FRA)
1912 Stockholm, Sweden - Showjuming would not be included in the following two olympics but would return with the other equestrian sports of dressage and eventing in 1912. At the early olympic games, all competitors had to be in the military, so all competitors were commissioned army officers.

The gold medal winner at the 1912 Stockholm olympics was the French rider Jacques Cariou who also participated in the eventing winning a bronze medal. 1912 was the first time in which the olympics had a team showjumping event which was won by the home nation Sweden, beating France (silver) and Germany (bronze).

Pictured is 1912 olympic gold medal winner Jacques Cariou & his horse Mignon

The 1912 Olympics featured 8 countries with horse & riders having to jump 1.40m fences.
Jacques Cariou on Mignon (FRA) Rabod von Kröcher on Dohna (GER) Emmanuel de Blommaert on Clonmore (BEL)
Team Jumping Results
Sweden (SWE) France (FRA) Germany (GER)
Gustaf Lewenhaupt on Medusa Pierre Dufour d'Astafort on Amazone Sigismund Freyer on Ultimus
Gustaf Kilman on Gåtan Jacques Cariou on Mignon Wilhelm Graf von Hohenau on Pretty Girl
Hans von Rosen on Lord Iron Ernest Meyer on Allons-y Ernst Deloch on Hubertus
Fredrik Rosencrantz on Drabant Gaston Seigner on Cocotte Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia on Gibson Boy
1920 Antwerp, Belgium - World war one would see a pause to the olympic games until 1920, when the games would begin again in Antwerp, Belgium. Sweden would again win the team event with Italian rider Tommaso Lequio di Assaba winning individual gold.
Tommaso Lequio di Assaba on Trebecco (ITA) Alessandro Valerio on Cento (ITA) Carl Gustaf Lewenhaupt on Mon Coeur (SWE)
Team Jumping Results
Sweden (SWE) Belgium (BEL) Italy (ITA)
Claës König on Tresor Henri Laame on Biscuit Ettore Caffaratti on Tradittore
Hans von Rosen on Poor Boy André Coumans on 'Lisette Alessandro Alvisi on Raggio di Sole
Daniel Norling on Eros II Herman de Gaiffier d'Hestroy on Miss Giulio Cacciandra on Fortunello
Frank Martin on Kohort Herman d'Oultromont on Lord Kitchener Carlo Asinari on Varone
1924 Paris, France - In 1924 we would see the Olympics to return to Paris, Italian gold medal winner Tommaso Lequio di Assaba from the 1920 would return to claim silver medal, beaten by Swiss rider Alphonse Gemuseus who would take home the gold medal. The Swedish jumping team would again there dominance at the leading jumping team winning the gold for the third olympics in a row.
Alphonse Gemuseus on Lucette (SUI) Tommaso Lequio di Assaba on Trebecco (ITA) Adam Królikiewicz on Picador (POL)
Team Jumping Results
Sweden (SWE) Switzerland (SUI) Portugal (POR)
Åke Thelning on Loke Alphonse Gemuseus on Lucette António Borges on Reginald
Axel Ståhle on Cecil Werner Stuber on Girandole Hélder de Souza on Avro
Åge Lundström on Anvers Hans Bühler on Sailor Boy José Mouzinho on Hetrugo
Frantisek Ventura 1928 Amsterdam, Holland - The 1928 olympics would be held in the capital of Holland, Amsterdam. The individual gold medal was won by Czech rider Frantisek Ventura riding Elliot, beating Pierre Bertran de Balanda of France and Charles-Gustave of Switzerland.

Sweden the team who had dominated the team jumping winning team gold three olympic games in a row would finish 3rd winning bronze, being beaten by Spain who would win the gold medal, with Poland taking silver medal.

Pictured is Frantisek Ventura and his horse Elliot, who won olympic gold.
František Ventura on Elliot (TCH) Pierre Bertran de Balanda on Papillon (FRA) Charles-Gustave Kuhn on Pepita (SUI)
Team Jumping Results
Spain (ESP) Poland (POL) Sweden (SWE)
José Navarro Morenés on Zapatazo Kazimierz Gzowski on Mylord Karl Hansén on Gerold
José Álvarez de Bohórquez on Zalamero Kazimierz Szosland on Ali Carl Björnstjerna on Kornett
Julio García Fernández de los Ríos on Revistade Micha? Antoniewicz on Readgleadt Ernst Hallberg on Loke
1932 Los Angeles - The 1932 Olympics was the first to be held outside of Europe, this would also see a greater number of non European competitors, this would be evident in the view of the podium with Japanese rider Takeichi Nishi winning gold and Harry Chamberlin from the USA winning the silver medal. The team jumping would prove to be disappointing as no team finished with 3 riders, resulting in no medals being given for the team jumping event.
Takeichi Nishi on Uranus (JPN) Harry Chamberlin on Show Girl (USA) Clarence von Rosen, Jr. on Empire (SWE)
1936 Berlin - A historic olympic games, held in Nazi Germany, the German national team would win on home soil taking the team gold, German rider Kurt Hasse would also win individual gold riding Tora.
Kurt Hasse on Tora (GER) Henri Rang on Delfis (ROU) József von Platthy on Sello (HUN)
Team Jumping Results
Germany (GER) Netherlands (NED) Portugal (POR)
Kurt Hasse on Tora Johan Greter on Ernica José Beltrão on Biscuit
Marten von Barnekow on Nordland Jan de Bruine on Trixie Domingos de Sousa on Merle Blanc
Heinz Brandt on Alchimist Henri van Schaik on Santa Bell Luís Mena e Silva on Fossette
1948 London - The second world war would again see a break in olympic games, we would see a return in 1948, held in the United Kingdom. 1948 would see Humberto Mariles Cortés from Mexico winning gold, the first non European to win gold in Europe. The Mexican jumping team would also win gold, with the host nation of the UK winning team bronze.
Humberto Mariles Cortés on Arete (MEX) Rubén Uriza on Harvey (MEX) Jean-François d'Orgeix on Sucre de Pomme (FRA)
Team Jumping Results
Mexico (MEX) Spain (ESP) Great Britain (GBR)
Humberto Mariles on Arete Jaime García on Bizarro Harry Llewellyn on Foxhunter
Rubén Uriza on Harvey José Navarro Morenés on Quórum Henry Nicoll on Kilgeddin
Alberto Valdés on Chihuchoc Marcellino Gavilán on Forajido Arthur Carr on Monty
Harry Llewellyn1952 Helsinki, Finland - In 1952 in Helsinki, we would see the United Kingdom win there first team gold medal, beating Chile (silver) and the USA (bronze).

French rider Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola riding Ali Baba would win individual gold, with Oscar Cristi from Chile winning silver and German rider Fritz Thiedemann winning the bronze medal.

Pictured is Harry Llewellyn riding the great Foxhunter, member of the British gold medal winning team, four years earlier they had been part of the British bronze medal winning team at the London Olympics. Foxhunter would be recognised as a showjumping great, to this day we still know the name Foxhunter as it is name of the most prestigious young horse class in the UK with the Foxhunter final held at the Horse Of The Year Show.
Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola on Ali Baba (FRA) Oscar Cristi on Bambi (CHI) Fritz Thiedemann on Meteor (GER)
Team Jumping Results
Great Britain (GBR) Chile (CHI) United States (USA)
Wilfred White on Nizefela Óscar Cristi on Bambi William Steinkraus on Hollandia
Douglas Stewart on Aherlow César Mendoza on Pillán Arthur McCashin on Miss Budweiser
Harry Llewellyn on Foxhunter Ricardo Echeverría on Lindo Peal John William Russell on Democrat
1956 Stockholm, Sweden - In 1956 In Stockholm, we would see the German team dominate the show jumping Hans Gunter Winkler would win individual gold while the German team would win the team gold.
Hans Günter Winkler on Halla (EUA) Raimondo D'Inzeo on Merano (ITA) Piero D'Inzeo on Uruguay (ITA)
Team Jumping Results
United Team of Germany (EUA) Italy (ITA) Great Britain (GBR)
Hans Günter Winkler on Halla Raimondo D'Inzeo on Merano Wilfred White on Nizefela
Fritz Thiedemann on Meteor Piero D'Inzeo on Uruguay Pat Smythe on Flanagan
Alfons Lütke-Westhues on Ala Salvatore Oppes on Pagoro Peter Robeson on Scorchin
1960 Rome, Italy - In 1960 Italian rider Raimondo D'Inzeo would win gold on home soil riding Posillipo, with fellow Italian Piero D'Inzeo winning silver medal. Bronze would go to up and coming British rider David Broome. Germany would again win team gold.
Raimondo D'Inzeo on Posillipo (ITA) Piero D'Inzeo on The Rock (ITA) David Broome on Sunsalve (GBR)
Team Jumping Results
United Team of Germany (EUA) United States (USA) Italy (ITA)
Hans Günter Winkler and Halla Frank Chapot and Trail Guide Raimondo D'Inzeo and Posillipo
Fritz Thiedemann and Meteor William Steinkraus and Ksar d'Esprit Piero D'Inzeo and The Rock
Alwin Schockemöhle and Ferdl George H. Morris and Sinjon Antonio Oppes and The Scholar
1964 Tokyo, Japan - The 1964 Japanese olympics would see French rider Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola win gold, with a third team gold in a row for the German national jumping team. British rider Peter Robeson on Firecrest would win the individual bronze medal.
Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola on Lutteur (FRA) Hermann Schridde on Dozent (EUA) Peter Robeson on Firecrest (GBR)
Team Jumping Results
United Team of Germany (EUA) France (FRA) Italy (ITA)
Hermann Schridde and Dozent II Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola and Lutteur B Piero D'Inzeo and Sun Beam
Kurt Jarasinski and Torro Janou Lefèbvre and Kenavo D Raimondo D'Inzeo and Posillipo
Hans Günter Winkler and Fidelitas Guy Lefrant and Monsieur de Littry Graziano Mancinelli and Rockette
1968 MexicoCity, Mexico - The 1968 games would see the USA claim individual gold with William Steinkraus riding Snowbound, we would also see the introduction of a showjumping legend the pocket rocket Stroller (the only pony to compete at the Olympic Games), ridden by Marion Coakes from the UK who won individual silver. The team jumping would be won by Canada, we would also see the first Olympic games were Germany would compete as two nations, East and West Germany.

Below you can watch Marion Coats & Stroller competing at the Mexican olympics

Equestrian Olympic Greats - Stroller and Marion Coats

William Steinkraus on Snowbound (USA) Marion Coakes on Stroller (GBR) David Broome on Mister Softee (GBR)
Team Jumping Results
Canada (CAN) France (FRA) West Germany (FRG)
James Day and Canadian Club Jean Rozier and Quo Vadis Hermann Schridde and Dozent II
Thomas Gayford and Big Dee Janou Lefèbvre and Rocket Alwin Schockemöhle and Donald Rex
Jim Elder and The Immigrant Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola and Nagir Hans Günter Winkler and Enigk
1972 Munich, Germany - In 1972 Munich olympics would see Italian rider Graziano Mancinelli win gold medal, with British rider Ann Moore riding Psalm winning Silver medal. West Germany would win team gold.
Graziano Mancinelli on Ambassador (ITA) Ann Moore on Psalm (GBR) Neal Shapiro on Sloopy (USA)
Team Jumping Results
West Germany (FRG) United States (USA) Italy (ITA)
Fritz Ligges and Robin William Steinkraus and Main Spring Vittorio Orlandi and Fulmer Feather
Gerhard Wiltfang and Askan Neal Shapiro and Sloopy Raimondo D'Inzeo and Fiorello
Hartwig Steenken and Simona Kathryn Kusner and Fleet Apple Graziano Mancinelli and Ambassador
Hans Günter Winkler and Trophy Frank Chapot and White Lightning Piero D'Inzeo and Easter Light
>1976 Montreal - 1976 would see another gold medal for Germany, with Alwin Schockemöhle representing West Germany, riding Warwick Rex, France would win the team gold.
Alwin Schockemöhle on Warwick Rex (FRG) Michel Vaillancourt on Branch County (CAN) Francois Mathy on Gai Luron (BEL)
Team Jumping Results
France (FRA) West Germany (FRG) Belgium (BEL)
Hubert Parot and Rivage Alwin Schockemöhle and Warwick Rex Eric Wauters and Gute Sitte
Jean-Marcel Rozier and Bayard de Maupas Hans Günter Winkler and Torphy François Mathy and Gai Luron
Marc Roguet and Belle de Mars Sönke Sönksen and Kwepe Edgar-Henri Cuepper and Le Champion
Michel Roche and Un Espoir Paul Schockemöhle and Agent Stanny Van Paesschen and Porsche
>1980 Moscow, USSR - The 1980 olympics in Moscow was boycotted by many nations because of the USSR`s invasion of Afghanistan, as a result only seven nations had representatives there, gold was won by Polish rider Jan Kowalczyk with Artemor, the USSR would win the team jumping event.
Jan Kowalczyk on Artemor (POL) Nikolai Korolkov on Espadron (URS) Joaquin Perez Heras on Alymony (MEX)
Team Jumping Results
Soviet Union (URS) Poland (POL) Mexico (MEX)
Vyacheslav Chukanov and Gepatit Marian Kozicki and Bremen Joaquin Perez Heras and Alymony
Viktor Poganovsky and Topky Jan Kowalczyk and Artemor Jesus Gomez Portugal and Massacre
Viktor Asmaev and Reis Wies?aw Hartman and Norton Valencia Gerardo Tazzer and Caribe
Nikolai Korolkov and Espadron Janusz Bobik and Szampan Alberto Valdes Lacarra and Lady Mirka
1984 Los Angeles, USA - Because of the American boycott of the 1980 Olympic games, the USSR would boycott the the American games in Los Angeles. The USA would dominate the individual podium with Joseph Fargis winning gold and fellow American Conrad Homfel winning silver. The USA would also win the team jumping beating Great Britain who won team silver.
Joseph Fargis on Touch of Class (USA) Conrad Homfeld on Abdullah (USA) Heidi Robbiani on Jessica V (SUI)
Team Jumping Results
United States (USA) Great Britain (GBR) West Germany (FRG)
Joseph Fargis and Touch of Class Michael Whitaker and Overton Amanda Paul Schockemöhle and Deister
Conrad Homfeld and Abdullah John Whitaker and Ryans Son Peter Luther and Livius
Leslie Howard and Albany Steven Smith and Shining Example Franke Sloothaak and Farmer
Melanie Smith and Calypso Timothy Grubb and Linky Fritz Ligges and Ramzes
jappeloup1988 Seoul, South Korea - The 1988 would see another showjumping star the fiesty little jappeloup ridden by French rider Pierre Durand who would win gold, American rider Greg Best riding Gem Twist winning the silver medal, bronze medal was won by Karsten Huck & Nepomuk. West Germany would win team gold, beating the USA (silver) and France (bronze)

Pictured is Jappeloup, who would be a fan favourite for many years, and even was a subject of a DVD released in 2013 celebrating this famous little horse.
Pierre Durand, Jr. on Jappeloup (FRA) Greg Best on Gem Twist (USA) Karsten Huck on Nepomuk (FRG)
Team Jumping Results
West Germany (FRG) United States (USA) France (FRA)
Ludger Beerbaum and The Freak Greg Best and Gem Twist Hubert Bourdy and Morgat
Wolfgang Brinkmann and Pedro Lisa Ann Jacquin and For the Moment Frédéric Cottier and Flambeau C
Dirk Hafemeister and Orchidee Anne Kursinski and Starman Michel Robert and La Fayette
Franke Sloothaak and Walzerkonig Joseph Fargis and Mill Pearl Pierre Durand, Jr. and Jappeloup de Luze
1992 Barcelona - In Spain, 1992 Olympics in Barcelona Germany would once again win an individual gold medal, with Ludger Beerbaum riding Classic Touch, Piet Raymakers riding the great Ratina Z would win silver and be part of the Dutch gold medal winning team.
Ludger Beerbaum on Classic Touch (GER) Piet Raymakers on Ratina Z (NED) Norman Dello Joio on Irish (USA)
Team Jumping Results
Netherlands (NED) Austria (AUT) France (FRA)
Piet Raymakers and Ratina Z Boris Boor and Love Me Tender Hervé Godignon and Quidam de Revel
Bert Romp and Waldo E Joerg Muenzner and Graf Grande Hubert Bourdy and Razzina du Poncel
Jan Tops and Top Gun Hugo Simon and Apricot D Michel Robert and Nonix
Jos Lansink and Egano Thomas Fruehmann and Genius Eric Navet and Quito de Baussy
1996 Atlanta - Although there had be many stallions who had competed in the Olympics up to 1996, the Atlanta olympics would be the first time for a stallion to claim the individual gold medal, when German rider Ulrich Kirchhoff riding Jus de Pommes wins gold, the German team would also win the team gold medal. Unfortunately shortly after winning the gold medal Jus de Pommes came down with colic and had to be put to sleep.
Ulrich Kirchhoff on Jus de Pommes (GER) Willi Melliger on Calvaro V (SUI) Alexandra Ledermann on Rochet M (FRA)
Team Jumping Results
Germany (GER) United States (USA) Brazil (BRA)
Franke Sloothaak and Joly Coeur Peter Leone and Legato Luiz Felipe De Azevedo and Cassiana
Lars Nieberg and For Pleasure Leslie Burr-Howard and Extreme Álvaro Miranda Neto and Aspen
Ulrich Kirchhoff and Jus De Pommes Anne Kursinski and Eros André Johannpeter and Calei
Ludger Beerbaum and Ratina Z Michael R. Matz and Rhum Rodrigo Pessoa and Tomboy
2000 Sydney, Aystralia - The Sydney olympics would see Holland win the individual gold (Jeroen Dubbeldam on De Sjiem) and silver medal (Albert Voorn on Lando), the 2000 Sydney olympics would see the first ever Arab nation winning a medal with Khaled Al-Eid on Khashm Al Aan taking the bronze medal. Germany would again show there dominance in the sport of showjumping winning another team gold.
Jeroen Dubbeldam on De Sjiem (NED) Albert Voorn on Lando (NED) Khaled Al-Eid on Khashm Al Aan (KSA)
Team Jumping Results
Germany (GER) Switzerland (SUI) Brazil (BRA)
Ludger Beerbaum on Goldfever Markus Fuchs on Tinka's Boy Rodrigo Pessoa on Baloubet du Rouet
Lars Nieberg on Esprit FRH Beat Maendli on Pozitano Luiz Felipe De Azevedo on Ralph
Marcus Ehning on For Pleasure Lesley McNaught on Dulf Álvaro Miranda Neto on Aspen
Otto Becker on Dobels Cento Willi Melliger on Calvaro V André Johannpeter on Calei
Baloubet du Rouet2004 Athens, Greece - At the 2004 olympics, the three time world cup winner Rodrigo Pessoa and his stallion Baloubet du Rouet would win the gold medal, the USA would win the team jumping event, with American rider Chris Kappler & Kaliber winning the individual silver medal. Sweden would win the team silver, with Germany taking the bronze medal.

Pictured is Baloubet du Rouet and Rodrigo Pessoa, gold medal winners, Baloubet du Rouet has gone on to produce many outstanding progeny.
Rodrigo Pessoa on Baloubet du Rouet (BRA) Chris Kappler on Royal Kaliber (USA) Marco Kutscher on Montender (GER)
Team Jumping Results
United States (USA) Sweden (SWE) Germany (GER)
Peter Wylde on Fein Cera Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on Mac Kinley Otto Becker on Dobels Cento
McLain Ward on Sapphire Malin Baryard on Butterfly Flip Marco Kutscher on Montender 2
Beezie Madden on Authentic Peter Eriksson and Cardento Christian Ahlmann on Cöster
Chris Kappler on Royal Kaliber Peder Fredericson on Magic Bengtsson
2008 Beijing, China - The 2008 olympics in China, was one by Eric Lamaze of Canada riding the great stallion Hickstead, while the team event was again won by the USA for the second olympic games in a row.
Eric Lamaze on Hickstead (CAN) Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on Ninja (SWE) Beezie Madden on Authentic (USA)
Team Jumping Results
United States (USA) Canada (CAN) Switzerland (SUI)
McLain Ward and Sapphire Jill Henselwood on Special Ed Christina Liebherr on No Mercy
Laura Kraut on Cedric Eric Lamaze and Hickstead Pius Schwizer on Nobless M
Will Simpson on Carlsson vom Dach Ian Millar on In Style Niklaus Schurtenberger on Cantus
Beezie Madden on Authentic Mac Cone on Ole Steve Guerdat and Jalisca Solier
2012 London, United Kingdom - The 2012 olympic games team jumping was won by the home nation, the United Kingdom. Swiss rider Steve Guerdat riding Nino Des Buissonets (Kannan) would win the individual gold medal.
Steve Guerdat on Nino Des Buissonets (SUI) Gerco Schroder on London (NED) Cian O'Connor on Blue Loyd (IRL)
Team Jumping Results
Great Britain (GBR) Netherlands (NED) Saudi Arabia (KSA)
Scott Brash on Hello Sanctos Marc Houtzager on Tamino Ramzy Al Duhami on Bayard Van the Villa There
Peter Charles on Vindicat Gerco Schroder on London HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud on Davos
Ben Maher on Tripple X Maikel van der Vleuten on Verdi Kamal Bahamdan on Noblesse Des Tess
Nick Skelton on Big Star Jur Vrieling on Bubalu Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly on Sultan
2016 Rio, Brazil - At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nick Skelton who narrowly missed out on the gold in London would take gold this team, beating Swedish rider Peder Fredericson. France would win the team gold beating the USA and Germany.
Nick Skelton on Big Star (GBR) Peder Fredricson on All In (SWE) Eric Lamaze on Fine Lady (CAN)
Team Jumping Results
France (FRA) United States (USA) Germany (GER)
Philippe Rozier on Rahotep de Toscane Kent Farrington on Voyeur Christian Ahlmann on Taloubet Z
Kevin Staut on Rêveur de Hurtebise Lucy Davis on Barron Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on Fibonacci
Roger-Yves Bost on Sydney une Prince McLain Ward on HH Azur Daniel Deusser on First Class
Pénélope Leprevost on Flora de Mariposa Elizabeth Madden on Cortes 'C'' Ludger Beerbaum on Casello
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