| Event type

Team, Open

Date15 – 16 June 1956 — 09:00 (15-16/6)
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants24 from 8 countries
FormatThree rider teams, all three scores to count. Team/individual competitions held concurrently.

At London in 1948 Sweden appeared to have won the team dressage with the team of Gehnäll Persson, Henri Saint Cyr, and Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr.. However, the team was disqualified when Persson was revealed to be “only” a sergeant and was not a military officer, as was then required by the rules. The rules were changed in 1949 and the 1952 competition was open not only to non-commissioned soliders, but also to civilians and women. It mattered little as Sweden won the gold medal, with the exact same team. In 1956 at Stockholm, Persson, Saint Cyr, and Boltenstern returned and defended their gold medal in team dressage. Had they not been disqualified in 1948, this would have been the only circumstance in Olympic of the exact same team, with more than two members, winning the same event three consecutive times.

Germany won the silver medal in team dressage but did not closely challenge Sweden. The German team consisted of Liselott Linsenhoff, Hannelore Weygand, and Anneliese Küppers, a fully-female team for the first time in Olympic equestrian history. Switzerland won the bronze medal.

Team dressage was first placed on the Olympic Program in 1928. At Roma in 1960 the event would not be held, but it would return in 1964 and remain on the Olympic Program through 2012, and likely far longer.

Henri Saint CyrJuli860.00
Gehnäll PerssonKnaust821.00
Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr.Krest794.00
2Unified Team of GermanyGER2,346.00Silver
Liselott LinsenhoffAdular832.00
Hannelore WeygandPerkunos785.00
Anneliese KüppersAfrika729.00
Gottfried TrachselKursus807.00
Henri ChammartinWöhler789.00
Gustav FischerVasello750.00
4Soviet UnionURS2,170.00
Sergey FilatovIngas744.00
Aleksandr VtorovRepertoir726.00
Nikolay SitkoSkatchek700.00
Lis HartelJubilee850.00
Hermann ZobelMonty673.00
Inger Lemvigh-MüllerBel Ami644.00
André JousseauméHarpagon814.00
Jean-Albert BrasuVol d'Amour648.00
Jean SalmonKipling554.00
Else ChristophersenDiva739.00
Anne-Lise KiellandClary601.50
Bodil RussCorona572.00
Gheorghe TeodorescuPalatin721.00
Nicolae MihalceaMihnea625.00
Nicolae MarcociCorvin516.00