| Event type

Three-Day Event, 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 ToddNZL-42.60Gold
2Ian StarkGBR-52.80Silver
3Virginia LengGBR-62.00Bronze
4Claus ErhornFRG-62.35
5Tinks PottingerNZL-65.80
6Matthias BaumannFRG-68.80
7Jean TeulèreFRA-69.00
8Andrew HoyAUS-89.00
9Thies KaspareitFRG-94.80
10Phyllis DawsonUSA-99.60
11Bartolo AmbrosioneITA-107.90
12Bogusław JareckiPOL-111.40
13Krzysztof RogowskiPOL-114.80
14Nick Holmes-SmithCAN-117.40
15Santiago de la RochaESP-121.00
16David FosterIRL-122.70
17Choi Myeong-JinKOR-130.55
18Bruce DavidsonUSA-141.80
19Karen StrakerGBR-142.00
20Andrew BennieNZL-162.80
21Krzysztof RafalakPOL-163.40
22Francesco GirardiITA-166.35
23Scott KeachAUS-176.60
24David GreenAUS-192.00
25Barry RoycroftAUS-195.80
26Eiki MiyazakiJPN-201.60
27Vincent BerthetFRA-202.20
28Park Dong-JuKOR-227.00
29Pascal MorvillersFRA-227.60
30Marie-Christine DuroyFRA-233.80
31Peter GrayBER-240.70
32Ramón BecaESP-272.80
33Eugeniusz KoczorskiPOL-277.30
34Park So-UnKOR-382.60
35Eric BrodnaxISV-417.80
36Kazuhiro IwataniJPN-517.25
ACRalf EhrenbrinkFRGDNF
ACDino CostantiniITADNF
ACMarges KnightonNZLDNF
ACThomas WilsonPURDNF
ACHiroshi WatanabeJPNDNF
ACMark PhillipsGBRDNF
ACCarol Ann BlackmanBERDNF
ACHisashi WakaharaJPNDNF
ACRanieri CampelloITADNF
ACKim Hyeong-ChilKORDNF