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Individual, Men

Date11 – 14 June 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationKapplöpningsbana, Ulriksdal / Fäboda, Järväfeltets Naturreservat, Sollentuna / Stockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants56 from 19 countries
FormatDressage, cross-country, and jumping.

Incidents at the 22nd obstacle of the endurance course marred the eventing competition. The fence was a trakehner ditch, 2.50 metres in width and 1 metre in height with rails in the centre and sloping sides. It caused 28 refusals, 12 falls, and one horse fatality, Iller, who was put down after being injured from a fall at obstacle 22.

Dressage opened the three-day event, as always, with the lead taken by German Otto Rothe. The defending gold medalist, Hans von Blixen-Finecke, Jr. was in eighth place after the first day. The endurance phase often determines the eventing medals and it did in Stockholm, as Sweden’s Petrus Kastenman had the best score with +69.87 and moved into the lead, ahead of Germany’s August Lütke Westhues and British rider Frank Weldon. However, the competition was close and if anyone of those three faltered in the jumping, the gold medal could change hands. In the end, all three leaders had two faults in the jumping phase, for 20 penalty points, and there was no change in final standings, with Kastenman winning the gold medal, followed by Lütke Westhues and Weldon.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Petrus KastenmanSWEIluster-66.53Gold
2August Lütke WesthuesGERTrux von Kamax-84.87Silver
3Frank WeldonGBRKilbarry-85.48Bronze
4Lev BaklyshkinURSGuimnast-96.65
5Genko RashkovBULEuphoria-111.23
6Laurence RookGBRWild Venture-119.64
7Giancarlo GutierrezITAWiston-136.43
8Juan Martín MerbilháaARGGitana I-136.46
9Adriano CapuzzoITATuft of Heather-139.41
10Bill MullinsIRLCharleville-145.48
11Brian CragoAUSRadar-147.42
12Bertie HillGBRCountryman III-150.36
13Hans Christian AndersenDENTom-154.40
14Bunty ThompsonAUSBrown Sugar-155.06
15Otto RotheGERSissi-158.04
16John RumbleCANCilroy-162.53
17Harry Freeman-JacksonIRLCellarstown-170.81
18Kemal ÖzçelikTUREskimo-186.21
19Jim ElderCANColleen-193.69
20Brian HerbinsonCANTara-216.50
21Klaus WagnerGERPrinzeß-233.00
22Eduardo CanoARGWhy-242.01
23Lars KirkebjergDENHavanna-267.68
24Hans von Blixen-Finecke, Jr.SWEJubal-286.38
25Jean Saint-Fort PaillardFRAFarceur-294.90
26Nikolay ShelenkovURSSatrap-297.68
27Ernie BarkerAUSDandy-317.50
28Carlos de la SernaARGFanion-345.71
29Joaquim SilvaPORHeléboro-349.55
30Milo GmürSUIRomeo-378.51
31Roland PerretSUIErlfried-405.18
32Giuseppe MolinariITAUccello-415.30
33Samuel KoechlinSUIGoya-577.21
34Fernando CavaleiroPORMatre-657.24
35Valerian KuybyshevURSPerekop-718.00
36Reijo KuistilaFINLamora-950.77
ACWalter StaleyUSAMud DauberDNF
ACGheorghe SoareROUCabalaDNF
ACNail GönenlıTURTemelDNF
ACJack BurtonUSAHuntingfieldDNF
ACAlain BouchetFRAFerneyDNF
ACKonstantin VenkovBULGreibelDNF
ACIan Hume-DudgeonIRLCopper Coin/GrasshopperDNF
ACGheorghe LangaROUBoleroDNF
ACKarl AmmitzbøllDENKajusDNF
ACJohan AskerSWEIllerDNF
ACÁlvaro SabboPORMartoDNF
ACKari TolvanenFINLariinaDNF
ACFethi GürcanTURRihDNF
ACFrank DuffyUSADrop DeadDNF
ACFaustino DomínguezESPAnfitrionDNF
ACJoaquín NoguerasESPThaliaDNF
ACVirgil BărbuceanuROUBrebenelDNF
ACHernando EspinosaESPAl-HerrasanDNF
ACRashko FratevBULNaphtalineDNF
ACKaarlo AnttinenFINLocarnoDNF
DNSGuy LefrantFRANicias