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Individual, Open

Date17 June 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants66 from 24 countries
FormatTwo rounds. Total score for both rounds determined placement.

For the first time women were allowed to compete in Olympic show jumping. Two did so, Pat Smythe of Great Britain and Brigitte Schockaert of Belgium, with Smythe finishing 10th and Schockaert tied for 34th. The competition was held over two rounds, with the total number of faults for both rounds determining placement. The course had 14 obstacles, although the 5th obstacle was a double one, and the 12th was a three-part obstacle, thus with 17 jumps spread over 775 metres, with the time allowance given for a speed of 400 m/min.

The favorite was German Hans Günter Winkler who had won the World Championships in 1954 and 1955. Winkler led after the first round with only 4.00 faults, trailed by the defending gold medalist Pierre Jonquères d’Oriola with 7.00, and five riders with 8.00 faults – including the Italian D’Inzeo brothers and Pat Smythe. However, Winkler had pulled a muscle in his groin towards the end of the first round, and only started the final round to help his German team in the team competition with the aid of painkillers. However he was not able take the amount he needed to be comfortable in the saddle and was given coffee to help combat dizziness and double vision before he rode. Riding his prize horse Halla, Winkler rode a clean second round to win the gold medal with a total of 4.00 faults, as Halla seemed to ride the course on her own. The silver medal went to Raimondo D’Inzeo, whose second round was the only other clean ride in the competition. His brother, Piero D’Inzeo, was the bronze medalist, finishing with 11.00 faults.

Winkler competed at six Olympics (1956-76) winning five gold medals, one silver, and one bronze, but this was his only individual medal. Raimondo D’Inzeo competed at eight Olympics (1948-76), winning six medals with one gold – in this event in 1960. His brother, Piero, also competed at the same eight Olympics, also winning six medals, but no golds. He would win the silver medal in this event in 1960.

Winkler’s mount Halla, a bay mare, would follow him to the 1960 Olympics and win a team gold there, in addition to his two jumping golds in Stockholm, as Halla became the first horse to win three Olympic gold medals. Halla was by a trotting stallion and was foaled on 16 May 1945. She competed through the Brussels Grand Prix on 25 October 1960 and then was retired to stud, later dying in 1979, at 34-years-old.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorseFaults
1Hans Günter WinklerGERHalla4.00Gold
2Raimondo D'InzeoITAMerano8.00Silver
3Piero D'InzeoITAUruguay11.00Bronze
=4Fritz ThiedemannGERMeteor12.00
=4Wilf WhiteGBRNizefela12.00
6Pierre Jonquères d'OriolaFRAVoulette15.00
7Henrique CalladoPORMartingil16.00
8Carlos D'EliaARGDiscutido19.00
9Mohamed Selim ZakiEGYInch'Allah20.00
10Pat SmytheGBRFlanagan21.00
=11Hugh WileyUSATrail Guide24.00
=11Alfons Lütke WesthuesGERAla24.00
=11Albert SzatolaHUNAranyos24.00
14Carlos López-QuesadaESPTapatio27.75
=15Bill SteinkrausUSANight Owl28.00
=15Paco GoyoagaESPFahnenkönig28.00
17Pedro MayorgaARGCoriolano32.00
18Kevin BarryIRLBallyneety35.00
=19William de RhamSUIVa Vite36.00
=19Peter RobesonGBRScorchin36.00
=21Andrey FavorskyURSManevr40.00
=21Gamal HaressEGYNefertiti II40.00
23Billy RingroseIRLLiffey Vale44.00
24Salvatore OppesITAPagoro47.00
25Naldo DassoARGRamito48.50
26Koichi KawaguchiJPNFuji52.00
=27Frank ChapotUSABelair52.25
=27Patsy KiernanIRLBallynonty52.25
29Bernard de FombelleFRADoria52.75
30Salih KoçTURBasak53.25
31Kunihiro OhtaJPNEforegiot54.25
32Anders GernandtSWERöhäll55.00
33Nelson Pessoa FilhoBRARelincho58.00
=34Alexander StoffelSUIBricole59.00
=34Brigitte SchockaertBELMuscadin59.00
36Carlos FigueroaESPGracieux61.50
37Marc BüchlerSUIDuroc64.50
38Alpaslan GüneşTUREsmer Altin65.25
39Vladimir RaspopovURSKodeks76.50
40Wilhelm StewenFINLojal83.00
41Eloy de MenezesBRABiguá85.00
42Renyldo FerreiraBRABibelot85.50
43Raymond LombardBELDandy86.50
44Georges CalmonFRAVirtuoso86.75
45Tor BurmanSWERouquade101.00
ACGeorges PofféBELHicamboyDNF
ACOmar El-HadaryEGYAuerDNF
ACKauko PaananenFINLassiDNF
ACArvi TervalampiFINMarrasDNF
ACLajos SomlayHUNDobosDNF
ACIstván SzondyHUNHiganyDNF
ACBoris LilovURSBostonDNF
ACBedri BökeTURDominoDNF
ACVíctor MolinaVENTamanacoDNF
ACJesús RivasVENMurachiDNF
ACRoberto MollVENSorocaimaDNF
ACPeter Lichtner-HoyerAUTRienziDNF
ACAdolf LaudaAUTSchönbrunnDNF
ACRomuald HalmAUTBiankaDNF
ACRodrigo da SilveiraPORLimerickDNF
ACJoão AzevedoPORLicorneDNF
ACBert JacobsAUSDumbellDNF
ACSaing PenCAMPomponDNF
ACIsoup GanthyCAMFlatteur IIDNF
ACBirck ElgaaenNOROsiraDNF
ACDouglas WijkanderSWEBimboDNF

Round One (17 June 1956 — 09:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorseFaults
1Hans Günter WinklerGERHalla4.00
2Pierre Jonquères d'OriolaFRAVoulette7.00
=3Pat SmytheGBRFlanagan8.00
=3Wilf WhiteGBRNizefela8.00
=3Fritz ThiedemannGERMeteor8.00
=3Raimondo D'InzeoITAMerano8.00
=3Piero D'InzeoITAUruguay8.00
=8Georges PofféBELHicamboy12.00
=8Bernard de FombelleFRADoria12.00
=8Henrique CalladoPORMartingil12.00
11Carlos D'EliaARGDiscutido15.00
=12Naldo DassoARGRamito16.00
=12Pedro MayorgaARGCoriolano16.00
=12Mohamed Selim ZakiEGYInch'Allah16.00
=12Peter RobesonGBRScorchin16.00
=12Alfons Lütke WesthuesGERAla16.00
=12Albert SzatolaHUNAranyos16.00
=12Hugh WileyUSATrail Guide16.00
19Patsy KiernanIRLBallynonty19.00
=20Gamal HaressEGYNefertiti II20.00
=20Paco GoyoagaESPFahnenkönig20.00
=20Kunihiro OhtaJPNEforegiot20.00
=20William de RhamSUIVa Vite20.00
=20Andrey FavorskyURSManevr20.00
=20Bill SteinkrausUSANight Owl20.00
=26Kevin BarryIRLBallyneety23.00
=26Salvatore OppesITAPagoro23.00
=28Billy RingroseIRLLiffey Vale24.00
=28Salih KoçTURBasak24.00
=30Carlos López-QuesadaESPTapatio27.00
=30Alexander StoffelSUIBricole27.00
32Koichi KawaguchiJPNFuji28.00
33Marc BüchlerSUIDuroc28.50
34Renyldo FerreiraBRABibelot29.25
=35Brigitte SchockaertBELMuscadin32.00
=35Nelson Pessoa FilhoBRARelincho32.00
=35Anders GernandtSWERöhäll32.00
=35Vladimir RaspopovURSKodeks32.00
39Alpaslan GüneşTUREsmer Altin33.25
40Carlos FigueroaESPGracieux33.50
41Frank ChapotUSABelair36.25
42Tor BurmanSWERouquade43.25
43Kauko PaananenFINLassi44.50
44Wilhelm StewenFINLojal47.00
45Raymond LombardBELDandy50.50
46Georges CalmonFRAVirtuoso54.75
47Eloy de MenezesBRABiguá56.25
48Omar El-HadaryEGYAuer88.50
=49Bert JacobsAUSDumbell108.50
=49Romuald HalmAUTBianka108.50
=49Adolf LaudaAUTSchönbrunn108.50
=49Peter Lichtner-HoyerAUTRienzi108.50
=49Isoup GanthyCAMFlatteur II108.50
=49Saing PenCAMPompon108.50
=49Arvi TervalampiFINMarras108.50
=49Lajos SomlayHUNDobos108.50
=49István SzondyHUNHigany108.50
=49Birck ElgaaenNOROsira108.50
=49João AzevedoPORLicorne108.50
=49Rodrigo da SilveiraPORLimerick108.50
=49Douglas WijkanderSWEBimbo108.50
=49Bedri BökeTURDomino108.50
=49Boris LilovURSBoston108.50
=49Víctor MolinaVENTamanaco108.50
=49Roberto MollVENSorocaima108.50
=49Jesús RivasVENMurachi108.50

Round Two (17 June 1956 — 16:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorseFaults
=1Hans Günter WinklerGERHalla0.00
=1Raimondo D'InzeoITAMerano0.00
3Carlos López-QuesadaESPTapatio0.75
4Piero D'InzeoITAUruguay3.00
=5Carlos D'EliaARGDiscutido4.00
=5Mohamed Selim ZakiEGYInch'Allah4.00
=5Wilf WhiteGBRNizefela4.00
=5Fritz ThiedemannGERMeteor4.00
=5Henrique CalladoPORMartingil4.00
=10Paco GoyoagaESPFahnenkönig8.00
=10Pierre Jonquères d'OriolaFRAVoulette8.00
=10Alfons Lütke WesthuesGERAla8.00
=10Albert SzatolaHUNAranyos8.00
=10Bill SteinkrausUSANight Owl8.00
=10Hugh WileyUSATrail Guide8.00
16Kevin BarryIRLBallyneety12.00
17Pat SmytheGBRFlanagan13.00
=18Pedro MayorgaARGCoriolano16.00
=18William de RhamSUIVa Vite16.00
=18Frank ChapotUSABelair16.00
=21Gamal HaressEGYNefertiti II20.00
=21Peter RobesonGBRScorchin20.00
=21Billy RingroseIRLLiffey Vale20.00
=21Andrey FavorskyURSManevr20.00
25Anders GernandtSWERöhäll23.00
=26Salvatore OppesITAPagoro24.00
=26Koichi KawaguchiJPNFuji24.00
28Nelson Pessoa FilhoBRARelincho26.00
29Brigitte SchockaertBELMuscadin27.00
30Carlos FigueroaESPGracieux28.00
31Eloy de MenezesBRABiguá28.75
32Salih KoçTURBasak29.25
=33Georges CalmonFRAVirtuoso32.00
=33Alexander StoffelSUIBricole32.00
=33Alpaslan GüneşTUREsmer Altin32.00
36Naldo DassoARGRamito32.50
37Patsy KiernanIRLBallynonty33.25
38Kunihiro OhtaJPNEforegiot34.25
=39Raymond LombardBELDandy36.00
=39Wilhelm StewenFINLojal36.00
=39Marc BüchlerSUIDuroc36.00
42Bernard de FombelleFRADoria40.75
43Vladimir RaspopovURSKodeks44.50
44Renyldo FerreiraBRABibelot56.25
45Tor BurmanSWERouquade57.75
ACGeorges PofféBELHicamboyDNF
ACOmar El-HadaryEGYAuerDNF
ACKauko PaananenFINLassiDNF
ACArvi TervalampiFINMarrasDNF
ACLajos SomlayHUNDobosDNF
ACIstván SzondyHUNHiganyDNF
ACBoris LilovURSBostonDNF
ACBedri BökeTURDominoDNF