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Individual, Open

Date5 – 6 September 1960 — 08:00-15:00 (5/9), 08:00 (6/9)
StatusOlympic
LocationPiazza di Siena, Villa Borghese, Roma
Participants17 from 10 countries
FormatTwo rounds, total score to determine placement.

Because of the judging controversies in 1956 dressage, several rules were changed for 1960, as follows: 1) only two riders per country; 2) no team competition; 3) Grand Prix performances to be discussed among the judges before a final verdict; 4) the ride-off performances to be filmed and the film reviewed for a length of time; 5) judges to be selected only from countries with no medal contenders; and 6) scores would be given on the scale of 0 – 10 instead of 0 – 6. Because of the length of time to review the films and the judges’ discussions, the final results were not announced until three days after the competition ended.

The individual dressage was also different as the original 17 competitors rode a preliminary round, with the top five riders advancing to a final round. The top five places were determined by the combined score of the preliminary and final rounds. The two-time defending champion, Sweden’s Henri Saint Cyr was back and made it to the final round, but would eventually place only fourth. Soviet Sergey Filatov went off third in the final, and posted the highest final round score. He had also led the qualifying and thus won the gold medal quite easily. Josef Neckermann was second after qualifying, but placed fourth in the final and dropped back to the bronze medal position, trailing Gustav Fischer, who had the second best final round. American Patricia Galvin had won the recent Grand Prix de Aachen and came in as one of the favorites, but placed sixth in qualifying and just missed the final.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Sergey FilatovURSAbsent2,144Gold
2Gustav FischerSUIWald2,087Silver
3Josef NeckermannGERAsbach2,082Bronze
4Henri Saint CyrSWEL'Étoile2,064
5Ivan KalitaURSKorbey2,007
6Patricia GalvinUSARath Patrick995
7Rosemarie SpringerGERDoublette985
8Henri ChammartinSUIWolfdietrich978
9Yngve ViebkeSWEGaspari975
10António, Viscount de MozelosPORGreek Warrior948
11Lilian WilliamsGBRLittle Model939
12Jessica NewberryUSAForstrat927
13Johanna HallGBRConversano Caprice838
14František ŠemberaTCHIvo832
15Jorge CavotiARGVidriero828
16Krum LekarskiBULEdgard799
17Luís Mena e SilvaPORAdonis775

Final Round (6 September 1960 — 08:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Sergey FilatovURSAbsent1,070
2Gustav FischerSUIWald1,035
3Henri Saint CyrSWEL'Étoile1,028
4Josef NeckermannGERAsbach1,011
5Ivan KalitaURSKorbey997

Qualifying Round (5 September 1960 — 08:00-15:00)

Top five advance to final round.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Sergey FilatovURSAbsent1,074Q
2Josef NeckermannGERAsbach1,071Q
3Gustav FischerSUIWald1,052Q
4Henri Saint CyrSWEL'Étoile1,036Q
5Ivan KalitaURSKorbey1,010Q
6Patricia GalvinUSARath Patrick995
7Rosemarie SpringerGERDoublette985
8Henri ChammartinSUIWolfdietrich978
9Yngve ViebkeSWEGaspari975
10António, Viscount de MozelosPORGreek Warrior948
11Lilian WilliamsGBRLittle Model939
12Jessica NewberryUSAForstrat927
13Johanna HallGBRConversano Caprice838
14František ŠemberaTCHIvo832
15Jorge CavotiARGVidriero828
16Krum LekarskiBULEdgard799
17Luís Mena e SilvaPORAdonis775