| Event type

Individual, Open

Date29 July – 3 August 1984
LocationSanta Anita Park, Arcadia, California / Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, California
Participants48 from 15 countries
FormatDressage, cross-country, and jumping.

The cross-country course was designed by Neil Ayer, with the seventh obstacle proving the most challenging. The endurance phase at Fairbanks Ranch had the following sections\: roads and tracks – 4,180 metres, 19 minutes; steeplechase – 3,105 metres, 4½ minutes, with 9 obstacles; roads and tracks – 11,779 metres, 53½ minutes; and cross-country – 7,410 metres, 13 minutes, with 33 obstacles. There was a rest day after the endurance competition to transport the horses back to Santa Anita for the jumping.

Britain’s Lucinda Green was a slight favorite, having won at Badminton in 1983-84 and at Burghley in 1981. She finished only 22nd in the opening dressage, however, which left her far behind the other contenders, and she never caught up, eventually finishing sixth. Among the other favorites, Americans Bruce Davidson was second in dressage and Karen Stives was third, both trailing Swiss rider Hansüli Schmutz. Both Davidson and Schmutz dropped well back on the endurance course, with Green, Stives, New Zealand’s Mark Todd, and Italy’s Marina Sciocchetti recording perfect scores on the cross-country course, as Stives took the lead over Todd going into the jumping. Todd went early in the jumping and had a clean ride, to give him 51.6 total penalty points, all from dressage. Stives was the last rider off and was clean through 10 obstacles, but then she and Charisma nicked the next-to-last obstacle and the 5 faults cost her the gold medal, which went to Todd. Britain’s Virginia Holgate had been third after the endurance contest and her perfect jumping round kept her there for the bronze medal. Stives and Holgate were the first women to win medals in Olympic individual eventing.

1Mark ToddNZLCharisma-51.60Gold
2Karen StivesUSABen Arthur-54.20Silver
3Virginia HolgateGBRPriceless-56.80Bronze
4Torrance Watkins FleischmannUSAFinvarra-60.40
5Pascal MorvillersFRAGulliver B-63.00
6Lucinda Prior-Palmer-GreenGBRRegal Realm-63.80
7Marina SciocchettiITAMaster Hunt-67.00
8Mauro CheccoliITASpey Cast Boy-67.00
9Ian StarkGBROxford Blue-68.60
10J. Michael PlumbUSABlue Stone-71.40
11Hansueli SchmutzSUIOran-72.60
12Dietmar HogrefeFRGFoliant-74.40
13Bruce DavidsonUSAJ. J. Babu-75.20
14Bettina OvereschFRGPeacetime-79.60
15Andrew HoyAUSDavey-80.00
16Claus ErhornFRGFair Lady-80.00
17Marie-Christine DuroyFRAHarley-85.40
18Jan JönssonSWEIsolde-86.40
19Mervyn BennettAUSRegal Reign-87.40
20Armand BigotFRAJacquou du Bois-87.60
21Vicki RoycroftAUSLooking Ahead-91.00
22Mary HamiltonNZLWhist-98.00
23Sarah GordonIRLRathkenny-99.20
24Göran BreisnerSWEBobalong-99.65
25Kelly PlitzCANDialadream-108.40
26Daniel NionFRAGerome A-115.00
27David FosterIRLAughatore-119.95
28Andrew NicholsonNZLKahlua-130.40
29Fiona WentgesIRLBallylusky-144.40
30Bartolo AmbrosioneITABrick-146.70
31Christian PerssonSWEJoel-153.80
32Diana ClaphamGBRWindjammer-165.20
33Edie TarvesCANMandrake-165.60
34Sandra del CastilloMEXAlegre-168.80
35Martha GriggsCANJack the Lad-194.40
36Michael PetterssonSWEUp to Date-198.80
37Andrew BennieNZLJade-200.80
38Liz AshtonCANOssian-201.20
39Burkhard TesdorpfFRGFreedom-216.05
40Armando RomeroMEXHomnaje-450.80
DNFPeter GrayBERCounts Best
DNFMargaret TollertonIRLIpi Tombi
DNFRichard RaderISVDeuce
DNFMark WatringPURFair Besa
DNFJuan Roberto RedonMEXGris
DNFWayne RoycroftAUSRegal Monarch
DNFSalvador SuárezMEXChuviscar
DNFGeremia ToiaITASemi Valley