| Event type

Individual, Open

Date28 – 29 July 1952
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).

1Henri Saint CyrSWE561.00Gold
2Lis HartelDEN541.50Silver
3André JousseauméFRA541.00Bronze
4Gottfried TrachselSUI531.00
5Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr.SWE531.00
6Henri ChammartinSUI529.50
7Heinz PollayGER518.50
8Gustav FischerSUI518.50
9Gehnäll PerssonSWE505.50
10Ida von NagelGER503.00
11Bob BorgUSA492.00
12Fritz ThiedemannGER479.50
13Jean Peïtevin de Saint-AndréFRA479.00
14José LarraínCHI473.50
15Else ChristophersenNOR459.00
16Héctor ClavelCHI452.00
17Marjorie HainesUSA446.00
18Kristian JensenDEN439.00
19Vladimir RaspopovURS433.50
20António, Viscount de MozelosPOR428.501
21Francisco Valadas JúniorPOR422.00
22Ernesto SilvaCHI415.00
23Jean Saint-Fort PaillardFRA403.50
24Vasily TikhonovURS395.00
25Nikolay SitkoURS377.00
26Fernando PaesPOR346.00
27Hartmann PaulyUSA315.50