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Individual, Open

Date29 August – 1 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationReitstadion, Riem, München / Military-Gelände Poing, Poing
Participants73 from 19 countries
FormatDressage, cross-country, and jumping.

At the 1964 Olympics, Britain’s Richard Meade led the individual eventing after the endurance phase, but 36 faults in the jumping dropped him back to eighth place. He then placed fourth in the eventing at the 1968 Olympics, although he helped Britain to team gold. In München Meade took the lead after the endurance phase and this time rode a clean round in jumping to finally win his individual gold medal. He also helped Great Britain defend their gold medal in the team event. There was no change in the top standings after the endurance phase, as Argentine Alessandro Argenton was second, Sweden’s Jan Jönsson was third, and British rider Mary Gordon-Watson was fourth. As did Meade, all three had clean rides in jumping, and maintained their positions.

Meade would return in 1976 and again placed fourth individually, and also competed for Britain at the 1980 Alternative Equestrian Event at Fontainebleau, Paris. Outside of the Olympics, Meade was a member of the winning team at the 1967 European Championships and the 1970 World Championships and placed second individually in the 1967 and 1970 World Championships. He also won at Badminton in 1969, 1970, and 1982, and won the Burghley Horse Trials in 1964.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Richard MeadeGBRLaurieston57.73Gold
2Alessandro ArgentonITAWoodland43.33Silver
3Jan JönssonSWESarajevo39.67Bronze
4Mary Gordon-WatsonGBRCornishman V30.27
5Kevin FreemanUSAGood Mixture29.87
6Bill RoycroftAUSWarrathoola29.60
7Richard SandsAUSDepeche24.87
8Bruce DavidsonUSAPlain Sailing24.47
9Harry KlugmannFRGChristopher Robert8.00
10Bridget ParkerGBRCornish Gold7.53
11Rudolf BeerbohmGDRIngolf3.80
12Sergey MukhinURSReisfeder-0.13
13Lutz GössingFRGChikago-0.40
14Paul HürlimannSUIGrand Times-11.03
15Toni BühlerSUIWukari-19.87
16Karl SchultzFRGPisco-25.60
17Michel RobertFRAVandale-27.13
18Jacek WierzchowieckiPOLGniew-30.47
19Valentin GorelkinURSRok-34.93
20J. Michael PlumbUSAFree and Easy-43.53
21Ferdinand CroyAUTEtruska-54.27
22Bill BullerIRLBenka-56.13
23Jens NiehlsGDRBig-Ben-60.00
24Ronnie McMahonIRLSan Carlos-67.33
25Joachim BrohmannGDRUranio-71.73
26Hellmuth GilleGDRPflicht-74.20
27Brian SchrapelAUSWakool-82.33
28Patrick Connolly-CarewIRLTawney Port-95.95
29Dino CostantiniITALord Jim-98.18
30Jimmy WoffordUSAKilkenny-99.83
31Marek MałeckiPOLSignor-109.00
32Jim HenryCANHarper-124.67
33Alfred SchwarzenbachSUIBig Boy-125.53
34Armand BigotFRAValseur D-133.80
35Mark PhillipsGBRGreat Ovation-134.33
36Jan SkoczylasPOLWandal-142.13
37Mario TurnerITAForgotten Fred-148.73
38István SzabácsyHUNAdonisz-153.13
39Vladimir LanyuginURSZimar-155.00
40Friedrich ReschAUTFelhoes-172.80
41Yordan IvanovBULLiberia-173.75
42Dominique BentejacFRATrou Normand-177.63
43François FabiusFRAUt Majeur-205.40
44Wendy IrvingCANHigh Wind-248.60
45Wolf-Dieter RihsAUTWieland-258.53
46James RoycroftAUSFurtive-296.12
47Gerardo JáureguiARGConstanza-301.32
48Piet van der SchansNEDEminent-309.13
DNFHorst KarstenFRGSioux
DNFManuel MendívilMEXPolo
DNFRobin HahnCANLord Jim
DNFWojciech MickunasPOLTenor
DNFEddy StibbeNEDAutumn Flash
DNFBill McLernonIRLBallingarry
DNFMax HauriSUIRed Baron
DNFStefano AngioniITASauvage
DNFBoris StefanovBULArtek
DNFMariano BucioMEXTango
DNFMamadzhan IsmailovURSTrest
DNFJózsef HorváthHUNDariusz
DNFJózsef VarróHUNAbasar
DNFRüdiger WassibauerAUTSans Peur
DNFRamón MejíaMEXVarello
DNFJosé Eugenio AcostaARGSaxofón
DNFCarlos Alberto AlvaradoARGRastreador
DNFAlejandro GuglielmiARGAguilucho
DNFDavid BárcenaMEXKornbrand
DNFJános KrizsánHUNDervis
DNFGocho MilevBULGondola
DNFHans BrugmanNEDAlfie
DNFClint BanburyCANPaladin
DNFNikola DimitrovBULGarona
DNFMaarten JurgensNEDTamerlane