| Event type

Three-Day Event, 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 ToddNZL-51.60Gold
2Karen StivesUSA-54.20Silver
3Virginia HolgateGBR-56.80Bronze
4Torrance Watkins FleischmannUSA-60.40
5Pascal MorvillersFRA-63.00
6Lucinda Prior-Palmer-GreenGBR-63.80
7Marina SciocchettiITA-67.00
8Mauro CheccoliITA-67.00
9Ian StarkGBR-68.60
10J. Michael PlumbUSA-71.40
11Hansueli SchmutzSUI-72.60
12Dietmar HogrefeFRG-74.40
13Bruce DavidsonUSA-75.20
14Bettina OvereschFRG-79.60
15Andrew HoyAUS-80.00
16Claus ErhornFRG-80.00
17Marie-Christine DuroyFRA-85.40
18Jan JönssonSWE-86.40
19Mervyn BennettAUS-87.40
20Armand BigotFRA-87.60
21Vicki RoycroftAUS-91.00
22Mary HamiltonNZL-98.00
23Sarah GordonIRL-99.20
24Göran BreisnerSWE-99.65
25Kelly PlitzCAN-108.40
26Daniel NionFRA-115.00
27David FosterIRL-119.95
28Andrew NicholsonNZL-130.40
29Fiona WentgesIRL-144.40
30Bartolo AmbrosioneITA-146.70
31Christian PerssonSWE-153.80
32Diana ClaphamGBR-165.20
33Edie TarvesCAN-165.60
34Sandra del CastilloMEX-168.80
35Martha GriggsCAN-194.40
36Michael PetterssonSWE-198.80
37Andrew BennieNZL-200.80
38Liz AshtonCAN-201.20
39Burkhard TesdorpfFRG-216.05
40Armando RomeroMEX-450.80
ACMargaret TollertonIRLDNF
ACRichard RaderISVDNF
ACMark WatringPURDNF
ACJuan Roberto RedonMEXDNF
ACWayne RoycroftAUSDNF
ACSalvador SuárezMEXDNF
ACGeremia ToiaITADNF