There were only four nations entered in the jumping event, with only Mexico, Sweden, and the United States having three riders and thus able to enter a full team in the team competition. The course was set out in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and was noted to be very difficult. It was designed by John Barry, who rode for the USA at the 1920 and 1924 Olympics, and Sloan Doak, an Olympian in 1920-28, and had 18 obstacles and 20 jumping efforts over a length of 1,060 metres. Further, three refusals by a horse disqualified horse and rider and this rule, and the course difficulty, meant that only five riders finished the event. No team had three riders finish the course, so all the teams were disqualified and no medals were awarded.