| Event type

Team, Open

Date2 – 7 August 2012
LocationGreenwich Park, Greenwich, London
Participants30 from 10 countries
FormatThree-rider teams. Team score is average of individual rider scores, overall score is average of Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special.

The last time the Olympic Games were in London the host nation did not enter a single rider into competition and in truth the British had barely registered their presence in the discipline ever since.

By 2012 the nation was in the position of having a “perfect storm” of three world class riders partnering three world class horses. Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin had been clear winners of the 2011 European Championships ahead of Germany and the Netherlands and the three teams were to fill exactly the same positions of the podium in London.

Hester and Dujardin, produced three of the six scores of over 80% during the two rounds of the competition to ensure a first Olympic dressage title (or medal of any colour) for Great Britain. This was the time a German team had been defeated in Olympic competition since the Munich Games of 1972.

The roots of the British success go back to the 1980s and the arrival in the country of the German rider/trainer Dr. Wilfred Bechtolsheimer. The victorious British trio not only included his daughter Laura but also a former pupil in Carl Hester. Hester grew up on the tiny Channel Island of Sark, the only place in Europe where cars are still banned and horses are the staple form of transport. He in turn became tutor to Dujardin and was part-owner of Dujardin’s winning mount.

Edward Gal of the Netherlands recovered from the loss of his world championship winning horse, Totilas, to become a member of the bronze medal winning Dutch team. Ironically one of the riders he edged out for a place on the team was his civil partner Hans Peter Minderhoud.

PosRiderHorseNOCPointsGrand PrixGrand Prix Special
1Great BritainGBR79.97979.407 (1)80.550 (1)Gold
Carl HesterUthopia77.72080.571
Laura BechtolsheimerMistral Hojris76.83977.794
Charlotte DujardinValegro83.66383.286
2GermanyGER78.21678.845 (2)77.587 (2)Silver
Dorothee SchneiderDiva Royal76.27777.571
Kristina SpreheDesperados79.11976.254
Helen LangehanenbergDamon Hill81.14078.937
3NetherlandsNED77.12476.809 (3)77.439 (3)Bronze
Anky van GrunsvenSalinero73.34374.794
Edward GalUndercover75.39575.556
Adelinde CornelissenParzival81.68781.968
4DenmarkDEN73.84673.845 (4)73.847 (4)
Anne van OlstClearwater71.32272.016
Anna KasprzakDonnperignon75.28973.794
Nathalie zu Sayn-WittgensteinDigby74.92475.730
5SwedenSWE72.70671.940 (7)73.471 (5)
Minna TeldeSantana67.47772.270
Tinne SilfvénDon Auriello74.27174.063
Patrik KittelScandic74.07374.079
6United StatesUSA72.43572.801 (5)72.069 (7)
Jan EbelingRafalca70.24369.302
Tina KonyotCalecto V70.45670.651
Steffen PetersRavel77.70576.254
7SpainESP72.28772.467 (6)72.106 (6)
José Manuel MartínGrandioso69.04369.286
Morgan BarbançonPainted Black72.75171.556
Juan MuñozFuego75.60875.476
8PolandPOL68.53668.536 (8)
Michał RapcewiczRandon66.915
Beata StremlerMartini69.422
Katarzyna Milczarek-JasińskaEkwador69.271
9AustraliaAUS68.52168.521 (9)
Kristy Oatley-NistClive68.222
Lyndal OatleySandro Boy69.377
Mary HannaSancette67.964
Jacqueline BrooksD'Niro68.526
David MarcusCapital
Ashley HolzerBreaking Dawn71.809