| Event type

Individual, Men

Date10 – 13 August 1948
LocationArmy's Command Central Stadium, Aldershot Military Town / Tweseldown Racecourse, Fleet, Hampshire
Participants45 from 16 countries
FormatDressage, cross-country, and jumping.

The three-day began with dressage, which was led by France’s André Jousseaumé, who had already won an individual dressage silver in London. The following day was the endurance test, which took place near the Aldershot Military Complex. The course consisted of 33.5 km, starting with 6 km on roads, followed by 3.5 km of steeplechase, another 15 km on the roads, then 8 km of cross-country, and finishing with 1 km on the flat. The steeplechase section was contested on the Tweseldown Race Course. The course was actually considered somewhat easy, but not for Jousseaumé, who fell twice and finished last in the phase, and then had to withdraw as his horse was lame. The endurance ride was won by France’s Bernard Chevallier aboard Aiglonne, who rode a clean course, and moved into the lead, well ahead of Americans Charles Anderson and Frank Henry.

The final day was devoted to show jumping, with eight riders going cleanly over the 12 obstacle course. Among them was Chevallier who thus won the three-day gold medal. Henry also rode cleanly to win the silver medal, but Anderson had 11.5 faults and dropped back to fourth overall, trailing Sweden’s Robert Selfelt.

The 1948 Olympic three-day event was the inspiration for starting the Badminton Horse Trials, which were first held in 1949, and have since become one of the main eventing championships in equestrian sport.

1Bernard ChevallierFRAAiglonne4.00Gold
2Frank HenryUSASwing Low-21.00Silver
3Robert SelfeltSWEClaque-25.00Bronze
4Charles AndersonUSAReno Palisade-26.50
5Joaquín NoguerasESPEpsom-41.00
6Erik CarlsenDEN Esja-44.00
7Aëcio CoelhoBRAGuapo-52.00
=8Fernando CavaleiroPORSatari-55.00
=8Fabio MangilliITAGuerriero de Capestrano-55.00
10Francisco CarrereARGRosarino-59.00
11Alfred BlaserSUIMahmud-59.25
12Humberto MarilesMEXParral-61.75
13Ernest van LoonNEDSpringsteel-62.00
14Kai Aage KrarupDENRollo-65.00
=15Olof StahreSWEKomet-70.00
=15Sigurd SvenssonSWEDust-70.00
17Peter BorwickGBRLiberty-80.25
18Julio César SagastaARGCherenda Cue-92.50
19Toni BühlerSUIAmour Amour-95.00
20Adolf EhrnroothFINLilia-110.00
21Earl ThomsonUSAReno Rhythm-114.00
22Raúl CamperoMEXTarahumara-120.50
23Joaquín SolanoMEXMalinche-123.00
24Dick ten CateNEDUnique de Genual-145.50
25Fernando PaesPORZuari-167.50
26Fernando GazapoESPVivian-179.25
27Lyndon BoltonGBRSylveste-182.00
28Mauno RoihaFINRoa-202.00
29Santiago MartínezESPFogoso-202.25
30Raimondo D'InzeoITARegate-223.00
31Renyldo FerreiraBRAIndio-250.00
32Pierre MusySUIFranzösin-250.25
33René EmanuelliFRATourtourelle-303.25
DNFNiels MikkelsenDENSt. Hans
DNFJosé María SagastaARGMandinga
DNFAntónio SerôdioPORAbstrato
DNFArvo HaanpääFINUpea
DNFEugenio MontessoroITATic Tac
DNFSalih KoçTURCesur
DNFAnísio da RochaBRACarioca
DNFAndré JousseauméFRAGigolo
DNFDuggie StewartGBRDark Seal
DNFHeinrich SauerAUTSobri
DNFZiya AzakTURRuzgar
DNFEyüp YiğittürkTUROzbek