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Individual, Open

Date7 – 9 September 1972 — 14:00
StatusOlympic
LocationDressuranlage, Nymphenburg, München
Participants33 from 13 countries
FormatTwo rounds, total score to determine placement.

Dressage was held at a temporary facility set up on the grounds of the Nymphenburg Palace, a Baroque Palace in München. The Palace, built in the 17th century, had been the summer residence of the house of Wittelsbach. The decision by the OCOG to move dressage to Nymphenburg, was hotly disputed. The decision to hold dressage in Nymphenburg instead of Riem was influenced by a state visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965. When she was in München, the 1964 German Olympic gold medal team gave a 10-minute dressage demonstration in front of the castle, which enchanted the Queen and influenced the München OCOG’s decision.

The event again consisted of a preliminary and final round, with the top 12 finishers in the preliminaries advancing to the finals. The top 12 final placements were based only on the score in the final round. Women were first allowed to compete in dressage at the 1952 Olympics and this event was becoming more and more dominated by women, with 21 of the 33 competitors in 1972, females also winning the gold and silver medals. One female competitor was Britain’s Lorna Johnstone, born in 1902, and at 70 years, 3 days old on the day dressage started, the oldest ever female Olympian.

Liselott Linsenhoff had first competed at the 1956 Olympics, winning an individual dressage bronze, but she next appeared at the 1968 Olympics, where she helped Germany win team gold. In München she had the highest score both in the qualifying and final round to win the gold medal. Second went to Soviet Yelena Petushkova, who was also second in both rounds. Linsenhoff’s teammate, Josef Neckermann, won his third consecutive individual dressage medal, after a bronze in 1964 and silver in 1968. Petushkova was married, for a time, to Soviet high jump champion Valery Brumel.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Liselott LinsenhoffFRGPiaff1,229Gold
2Yelena PetushkovaURSPepel1,185Silver
3Josef NeckermannFRGVenetia1,177Bronze
4Ivan KizimovURSIkhor1,159
5Ivan KalitaURSTarif1,130
6Ulla HåkanssonSWEAjax1,126
7Karin SchlüterFRGLiostro1,113
8Maud von RosenSWELucky Boy1,088
9Christilot HansonCANArmagnac1,081
10Ninna SwaabSWECasanova1,067
11Aksel Malling MikkelsenDENTalisman1,060
12Lorna JohnstoneGBREl Farruco1,036
13Gerhard BrockmüllerGDRMarios1,545
14Ulla PetersenDENChigwell1,534
15Christine StückelbergerSUIGranat1,528
16Wolfgang MüllerGDRSemafor1,521
17Horst KöhlerGDRImanuel1,486
18Anny van DoorneNEDPericles1,480
19Edith MasterUSADahlwitz1,480
20Charlotte IngemannDENSouliman1,475
21Hermann DürSUISod1,466
22John WinnettUSAReinald1,458
23Patrick le RollandFRACramique1,451
24Jennie Loriston-ClarkeGBRKadett1,450
25Sylvio de RezendeBRAOthelo1,431
26Cindy NealeCANBonne Année1,424
27Cees Benedictus-LieftinckNEDTurista1,420
28John SwaabNEDMaharadscha1,409
29Marita AeschbacherSUICharlamp1,389
30Lorraine StubbsCANVenezuela1,379
31Lois StephensUSAFasching1,345
32Kikuko InoueJPNDon Carlos1,313
33Domini LawrenceGBRKarat/San Fernando1,242

Qualifying Round (7 September 1972 — 14:00)

Qualifying round scores from team event. Top 12 advance to final round.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Liselott LinsenhoffFRGPiaff1,763Q
2Yelena PetushkovaURSPepel1,747Q
3Josef NeckermannFRGVenetia1,706Q
4Ivan KizimovURSIkhor1,701Q
5Ulla HåkanssonSWEAjax1,649Q
6Ivan KalitaURSTarif1,647Q
7Ninna SwaabSWECasanova1,622Q
8Christilot HansonCANArmagnac1,615Q
9Karin SchlüterFRGLiostro1,614Q
10Aksel Malling MikkelsenDENTalisman1,597Q
11Maud von RosenSWELucky Boy1,578Q
12Lorna JohnstoneGBREl Farruco1,576Q
13Gerhard BrockmüllerGDRMarios1,545
14Ulla PetersenDENChigwell1,534
15Christine StückelbergerSUIGranat1,528
16Wolfgang MüllerGDRSemafor1,521
17Horst KöhlerGDRImanuel1,486
18Anny van DoorneNEDPericles1,480
19Edith MasterUSADahlwitz1,480
20Charlotte IngemannDENSouliman1,475
21Hermann DürSUISod1,466
22John WinnettUSAReinald1,458
23Patrick le RollandFRACramique1,451
24Jennie Loriston-ClarkeGBRKadett1,450
25Sylvio de RezendeBRAOthelo1,431
26Cindy NealeCANBonne Année1,424
27Cees Benedictus-LieftinckNEDTurista1,420
28John SwaabNEDMaharadscha1,409
29Marita AeschbacherSUICharlamp1,389
30Lorraine StubbsCANVenezuela1,379
31Lois StephensUSAFasching1,345
32Kikuko InoueJPNDon Carlos1,313
33Domini LawrenceGBRKarat/San Fernando1,242

Final Round (9 September 1972 — 14:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Liselott LinsenhoffFRGPiaff1,229
2Yelena PetushkovaURSPepel1,185
3Josef NeckermannFRGVenetia1,177
4Ivan KizimovURSIkhor1,159
5Ivan KalitaURSTarif1,130
6Ulla HåkanssonSWEAjax1,126
7Karin SchlüterFRGLiostro1,113
8Maud von RosenSWELucky Boy1,088
9Christilot HansonCANArmagnac1,081
10Ninna SwaabSWECasanova1,067
11Aksel Malling MikkelsenDENTalisman1,060
12Lorna JohnstoneGBREl Farruco1,036