Equestrian Eventing at the 1952 Summer Olympics

Dates 30 July – 2 August 1952
Medal Events 2

The biggest news in 1952 Olympic equestrianism was the change in the eligibility rules. Prior to 1952 equestrian competitors had to be military officers, and this was highlighted in 1948 when Sweden’s Gehnäll Persson was found to be “only” a sergeant, and he and his Swedish team was disqualified in the dressage. Beginning in Helsinki equestrian competition was opened to civilians. Further, women were allowed to compete in 1952 in the dressage, but eventing would not be open to women until 1964.

The show jumping phase of eventing took place in the main Olympic Stadium. The dressage was held at the Ruskeasuon liikuntapuisto, or Ruskeasuo Sports Park, while the cross-country phase took place at Hämeenkylä. The program was the standard of individual and team events in eventing, held concurrently, with Hans von Blixen-Finecke, Jr. winning the individual title and leading Sweden to the team gold medal.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Individual, Men Olympic 30 July – 2 August 1952 59 21
Team, Men Olympic 30 July – 2 August 1952 57 19
59 (59/0) 21 (21/0)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual, Men Hans von Blixen-Finecke, Jr.SWE Guy LefrantFRA Willi BüsingGER
Team, Men SwedenSWE Unified Team of GermanyGER United StatesUSA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Sweden SWE 2 0 0 2
Germany GER 0 1 1 2
France FRA 0 1 0 1
United States USA 0 0 1 1