| Event type

Individual, Open

Date19 – 22 September 1988
LocationSeo-ul Gyeong-ma Gong-won, Gwacheon / Gyeong-ma Gyu-yug-won, Won-dang, Goyang
Participants50 from 16 countries
FormatDressage, cross-country, and jumping.

The endurance course was designed by Hugh Thomas. It was held at Wondang Ranch, 43 km north of Kwachon, which was a hilly terrain and after inspection, six of the obstacles had to be lowered and the first element of #27 was removed. The four phases measured a total of 26,761 metres in length.

There was no clear favorite in 1988, as the big three competitions, Burghley, Badminton, and Rolex (Kentucky) had been won by several different riders in the last few years. However the defending champion was New Zealander Mark Todd and he had won at the Burghley Horse Trials in 1987, and Virginia Leng was the reigning World and European Champion. Todd opened up with the best score in the dressage phase, and in the endurance competition, he and his teammate Tinks Pottinger both had perfect rides, with no faults. Todd went into the jumping with a comfortable lead over British riders Virginia Leng and Ian Stark. Unusually, for someone who won the endurance phase, Pottinger was well back, in seventh place, because of a poor performance in dressage – she was only 23rd. Todd secured his gold medal with a safe ride, with only one fault. Seven riders went clean in the jumping, including Stark and Pottinger. This moved Stark ahead of Leng for the silver medal, while Pottinger, due to her difficulties in dressage, could only place fifth. Todd became the second eventing rider to defend his individual gold medal, after Dutch rider Charles Pahud de Mortanges in 1928 and 1932.

1Mark ToddNZLCharisma-42.60Gold
2Ian StarkGBRSir Wattie-52.80Silver
3Virginia LengGBRMaster Craftsman-62.00Bronze
4Claus ErhornFRGJustyn Thyme-62.35
5Tinks PottingerNZLVolunteer-65.80
6Matthias BaumannFRGShamrock II-68.80
7Jean TeulèreFRAMohican V-69.00
8Andrew HoyAUSKiwi-89.00
9Thies KaspareitFRGSherry 42-94.80
10Phyllis DawsonUSAAlbany II-99.60
11Bartolo AmbrosioneITAPhoenix-107.90
12Bogusław JareckiPOLNiewiaza-111.40
13Krzysztof RogowskiPOLAlkierz-114.80
14Nick Holmes-SmithCANEspionage-117.40
15Santiago de la RochaESPKinvarra-121.00
16David FosterIRLKilliney Bay-122.70
17Choi Myeong-JinKORSnuffler-130.55
18Bruce DavidsonUSADr. Peaches-141.80
19Karen StrakerGBRGet Smart-142.00
20Andrew BennieNZLGrayshott-162.80
21Krzysztof RafalakPOLDzwinograd-163.40
22Francesco GirardiITAMoreado-166.35
23Scott KeachAUSTrade Commissioner-176.60
24David GreenAUSShannagh-192.00
25Barry RoycroftAUSLast Tango-195.80
26Eiki MiyazakiJPNScrooge-201.60
27Vincent BerthetFRAJet Crub-202.20
28Park Dong-JuKORAqaba Legend A-227.00
29Pascal MorvillersFRAFrangin III-227.60
30Marie-Christine DuroyFRAHarley-233.80
31Peter GrayBERSomers-240.70
32Ramón BecaESPCount De Bolebec-272.80
33Eugeniusz KoczorskiPOLIdrys-277.30
34Park So-UnKORMoisson d'Avril-382.60
35Eric BrodnaxISVMarcellus-417.80
36Kazuhiro IwataniJPNCopen Hagen V-517.25
ACRalf EhrenbrinkFRGUncle ToddDNF
ACDino CostantiniITABoardmans BeautyDNF
ACMarges KnightonNZLEnterpriseDNF
ACAnn SuttonUSATarzanDNF
ACThomas WilsonPURPersonal TouchDNF
ACKaren LendeUSAThe OptimistDNF
ACHiroshi WatanabeJPNYakumo MasonoriDNF
ACJo TudorCANSparrow HawkDNF
ACMark PhillipsGBRCartierDNF
ACJohn WatsonIRLTullineaskeyDNF
ACCarol Ann BlackmanBERSneak PreviewDNF
ACHisashi WakaharaJPNLord WaterfordDNF
ACRanieri CampelloITACotton EndDNF
ACKim Hyeong-ChilKORCasson RoadDNF