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Individual, Open

Date23 – 25 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationCentre équestre olympique, Bromont, Québec
Participants49 from 13 countries
FormatDressage, cross-country, and jumping.

Barbara Kemp became the first woman to design an Olympic cross-country course. The total length of the endurance course was 27,465 metres. Of the 7,695 metres of cross-country, which contained 36 obstacles, 3,200 metres went over a golf course (obstacles 10 to 25), 900 metres were in the forest, 1,300 metres on gravel roads, and 2,300 metres over meadows.

American Bruce Davidson had won the 1974 World Championships at the Burghley Horse Trials. Mark Phillips had won at Burghley in 1973 and at Badminton in 1974 but was not on the British team for Montréal. Britain did have Richard Meade, the defending gold medalist, Lucinda Prior-Palmer, the 1973 Badminton Champion, and of course, HRH Princess Anne. West German Karl Schultz took the lead after the dressage, followed by Davidson. Schultz then finished fifth in the endurance phase and took the lead after the jumping. The endurance contest was led by American J. Michael Plumb followed by his teammate Tad Coffin. Coffin moved into second, followed by Plumb, with Prior-Palmer in fourth, and Meade fifth going into the jumping, as Davidson struggled and dropped back to 11th place.

Schultz made two faults in the jumping, costing him 20 points, and this dropped him off the top step of the podium and down to a bronze medal. Coffin rode cleanly in jumping, as did 11 other riders, which brought him the gold medal. Plumb had one fault in jumping but was able to hold onto second place and the silver medal. Plumb first competed at the Olympics in 1960 and would compete in seven Olympics through 1992, also making the 1980 US Olympic team. He would win six Olympic medals, including two golds, a team gold in Montréal and another at Los Angeles in 1984.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorsePoints
1Tad CoffinUSABally-Cor-114.99Gold
2J. Michael PlumbUSABetter & Better-125.85Silver
3Karl SchultzFRGMadrigal-129.45Bronze
4Richard MeadeGBRJacob Jones-141.35
5Wayne RoycroftAUSLaurenson-178.04
6Gerry SinnottIRLCroghan-178.85
7Jean ValatFRAVampire-187.70
8Yury SalnikovURSRumpel-189.46
9Federico RomanITAShamrock-194.14
10Bruce DavidsonUSAIrish-Cap-200.16
11Juliet GrahamCANSumatra-202.69
12Mervyn BennettAUSRegal Reign-206.04
13Herbert BlöckerFRGAlbrant-213.15
14Mario TurnerITATempest Blisland-213.19
15Eric HorganIRLPontoon-213.30
16Bill RoycroftAUSVersion-215.46
17Valery DvoryaninovURSZeila-218.25
18Jean-Yves TouzaintFRAAladin-224.11
19Helmut RethemeierFRGPauline-242.00
20Denis PigottAUSHillstead-246.51
21Mary Anne TauskeyUSAMarcus Aurelius-269.49
22Alessandro ArgentonITAWoodland-274.91
23Cathy WedgeCANCity Fella-286.76
24HRH Princess AnneGBRGoodwill-299.30
25Viktor KalininURSAraks-313.84
26Robin HahnCANL'Esprit-319.36
27Carlos AlfonsoARGUcase-449.11
28Rodolfo GrazziniARGVeracruz-529.89
29Juan Roberto RedonMEXArrupe-699.41
DQRonnie McMahonIRLSan Carlos
DNFLucinda Prior-PalmerGBRBe Fair
DNFGiovanni BossiITABoston
DNFHugh ThomasGBRPlayamar
DNFJim DayCANViceroy
DNFNorman van de VaterIRLBlue Tom Tit
DNFOtto AmmermannFRGVolturno
DNFThierry TouzaintFRAUt Majeur
DNFDominique BentejacFRADjerk
DNFGen UedaJPNPontiff
DNFDavid BárcenaMEXCachibache
DNFCarlos RawsonARGDos de Oro
DNFPyotr GornushkoURSGusar
DNFKenkichi IshiguroJPNAsodeska
DNFSylvia de LunaGUATahuoca
DNFÁngel GoyenecheaARGRasputin
DNFRita de LunaGUAPampa
DNFJosé Luis Pérez SotoMEXFascinante
DNFKenji EtoJPNInter-Nihon
DNFMariano BucioMEXCocaleco