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Individual, Men

Date8 – 11 August 1928
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam / Sportpark, Hilversum / Maartensdijkse Bos, Hilversum
Participants46 from 17 countries
FormatDressage, cross-country, and jumping.

The three-day event came down to Dutch riders who took three of the top four places, with only Germany’s Bruno Neumann, who won bronze, breaking up their monopoly. The leader after the dressage was Gerard de Kruijff, just ahead of his teammate Charles Pahud de Mortanges. In the endurance phase, neither was among the top leaders, but Pahud de Mortanges moved into a narrow lead going into the jumping. Both Dutch riders had a perfect score of 300.0 in the jumping phase, which allowed Pahud de Mortanges to maintain his lead and win the gold medal. He would return in 1932 and defend his gold medal in Los Angeles, and would compete again in Berlin, but would not finish the event. Both he and de Kruijff had competed at Paris in 1924, winning gold medals in the team three-day event. De Kruijff rode Va-t-en in 1928, who belonged to Pahud de Mortanges, as de Kruijff’s regular horse, Kakkerlak, was injured shortly before the Amsterdam Olympics.

Pahud de Mortanges had an interesting life. In 1938 he sustained a serious wrist injury, almost causing his hand to be amputated. In 1942 he was taken as a prisoner-of-war but escaped in 1943 by jumping out of a train and travelling to Gibraltar. He took part in the Normandy landings as a major, and was later made Chief of H. M. Military House from 1954-62. He was also President of the Dutch NOC in 1946-51 and 1959-64.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Charles Pahud de MortangesNEDMarcroix1,969.82Gold
2Gerard de KruijffNEDVa-t-en1,967.26Silver
3Bruno NeumannGERIlja1,944.42Bronze
4Adolf van der Voort van ZijpNEDSilver Piece1,928.60
5Hans Olof von EssenFINEl Kaid1,924.64
6Bjart OrdingNORAnd Over1,912.98
7Nils KettnerSWECaesar1,901.66
8Arthur QvistNORHidalgo1,895.14
9Peder JensenDENPearl1,885.24
10Rudolf LippertGERFlucht1,872.62
11Louis RousseauxBELSwang1,872.02
12Willy GerberSUIChesnut Lily1,870.40
13Sven CollianderSWEKing1,868.92
14Giuseppe ValenzanoITAJaddo1,861.52
15Alfréd AddaHUNAlvezér1,845.18
16Josef CharousTCHEngadin1,844.44
17Sloan DoakUSAMisty Morn1,841.08
18François Denis de RivoyreFRANistos1,831.32
19Michał AntoniewiczPOLMoja Mila1,822.50
20Charley StoffelSUIAttila1,818.46
21Shunzo KidoJPNKyu Gun1,812.66
22Frank CarrUSAVerdun Belle1,773.52
23Eugenio CerboneschiITADerna1,733.04
24José María CabanillasESPBarrabás1,708.56
25Józef TrenkwaldPOLLwi Pazur1,645.20
26Karol von RómmelPOLDonese1,600.22
27Eugen JohansenNORBaby1,587.56
28Henri Pernot du BreuilFRATitania1,511.70
DNFVictor AnkarcronaSWEMascha
DNFAntonio SomaloESPRoyal
DNFWalter FeyerabendGERAlpenrose
DNFKálmán CsehHUNBene
DNFVladimir StoychevBULDarda
DNFTodor SemovBULArsenal
DNFCai GundelachDENBeauty
DNFKrum LekarskiBULGigant
DNFRené de RibaupierreSUISergent
DNFJosef SeyfriedTCHEkul
DNFFrancisco JiménezESPQuart d'heure
DNFEmmanuel-Marie Longin SpindlerFRAPoupée
DNFCharles GeorgeUSAOzella
DNFLouis-Marie de Jonghe d'ArdoyeBELGigolo
DNFTommaso Lequio di AssabaITAUroski
DNFOttó BinderHUNJukker
DNFFrantišek StatečnýTCHFesák
DNFGeorges Van Der TonBELRemember Erin