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Individual, Open

Date28 – 29 July 1952
StatusOlympic
LocationRuskeasuon liikuntapuisto, Helsinki
Participants27 from 10 countries
FormatPlacement by point scores.

The dressage program again included piaffe and passage, and was expanded to 15 minutes. Women were allowed to compete in dressage in 1952 and four took that opportunity – Lis Hartel (DEN), Ida von Nagel (GER), Else Christophersen (NOR), and Marjorie Haines (USA).

Hartel, however, was the big story of the event. In September 1944, while pregnant, she developed poliomyelitis. Unable to walk for awhile, Hartel eventually developed the ability to walk with braces, although she remained partially paralyzed below her knees. At Helsinki, she still had to be helped on and off her horse but she came through to win the silver medal, trailing Sweden’s Henri Saint Cyr, who won quite easily. At the victory ceremony, Saint Cyr helped Hartel ascend the podium.

Saint Cyr returned in 1956 and repeated as the gold medalist, and Hartel also repeated as the silver medalist. Bronze medalist André Jousseaumé had also competed at the 1932, 1936 and 1948 Olympics, and would return in 1956 as well. The three other women finished 10th (von Nagel), 15th (Christophersen), and 17th (Haines).

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Henri Saint CyrSWEMaster Rufus561.00Gold
2Lis HartelDENJubilee541.50Silver
3André JousseauméFRAHarpagon541.00Bronze
4Gottfried TrachselSUIKursus531.00
5Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr.SWEKrest531.00
6Henri ChammartinSUIWöhler529.50
7Heinz PollayGERAdular518.50
8Gustav FischerSUISoliman518.50
9Gehnäll PerssonSWEKnaust505.50
10Ida von NagelGERAfrika503.00
11Bob BorgUSABill Biddle492.00
12Fritz ThiedemannGERChronist479.50
13Jean Peïtevin de Saint-AndréFRAVol au Vent479.00
14José LarraínCHIRey de Oros473.50
15Else ChristophersenNORDiva459.00
16Héctor ClavelCHIFrontalera452.00
17Marjorie HainesUSAThe Flying Dutchman446.00
18Kristian JensenDENOdense439.00
19Vladimir RaspopovURSImeninnik433.50
20António, Viscount de MozelosPORNapeiro428.501
21Francisco Valadas JúniorPORFeitico422.00
22Ernesto SilvaCHIViarregio415.00
23Jean Saint-Fort PaillardFRATapir403.50
24Vasily TikhonovURSPevec395.00
25Nikolay SitkoURSCesar377.00
26Fernando PaesPORMatamas346.00
27Hartmann PaulyUSAReno Overdo315.50