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Jumping, Team, Open

Date31 July – 1 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia International Horse Park, Conyers, Georgia
Participants75 from 19 countries
FormatTwo rounds. Four rider teams. Best three scores in each round determined team total. Separate competition.

There were two rounds, with four riders on each team, the top three scores in each round to count. Linda Allen designed the courses, the first woman to do so at the Olympics.

The German team took advantage of the scoring to win a gold medal with the lowest score ever in team jumping, with only 1.75 faults. In the first round rider Franke Sloothaak fell and cut his wrist so badly that he needed stitches, but his round of 60.25 faults was thrown out, giving the team only 0.75 faults for the round. In the second round, Sloothaak was able to compete and rode cleanly, but Lars Nieberg had 12.00 faults. However, Nieberg’s score did not matter as the other three riders had only a total of 1 fault in the round, bringing the gold medal quite easily over the United States. Germany was led by Ludger Beerbaum and Uli Kirchhoff, the individual gold medalists in 1992 and 1996, respectively.

The United States was well ahead of third-placed Brazil to win the silver medal. One rider on the US team, Michael Matz, gained fame outside of equestrian sport both well before and after the Atlanta Olympics. In 1989, Matz was aboard United Airline flight 232 when it crashed in a cornfield near the Sioux City, Iowa airport. Matz survived the burning crash, but returned to the wreckage to rescue two small children who had not escaped. They also survived thanks to Matz’s heroics. In 1998 Matz turned to thoroughbred training and in 2006 trained Barbaro, a horse that won the Kentucky Derby in dominant fashion and was considered a threat to win the Triple Crown. However, in the opening strides of the next race, the Preakness, Barbaro broke down, shattering a foreleg. He underwent multiple surgeries but was eventually put down in early 2007.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorseFaults
1GermanyGER1.75Gold
Ludger BeerbaumRatina Z0.25
Uli KirchhoffJus de Pommes1.50
Lars NiebergFor Pleasure12.00
Franke SloothaakJoly60.25
2United StatesUSA12.00Silver
Peter LeoneLegato4.00
Anne KursinskiEros8.00
Michael Matz Rhum IV8.00
Leslie Burr-HowardExtreme14.00
3BrazilBRA17.25Bronze
Rodrigo PessoaTomboy0.75
DodaAspen8.25
Luiz Felipe de AzevedoCassiana12.00
André JohannpeterCalei12.25
4FranceFRA20.25
Hervé GodignonViking du Tillard4.25
Alexandra LedermannRochet M8.00
Roger-Yves Bost Souviens Toi III8.00
Patrice DelaveauRoxane de Gruchy16.00
5SpainESP29.75
Fernando SarasolaEnnio0.25
Alejandro JordáHernando du Sablon13.50
Rutherford LathamSourire d'Aze16.00
Pedro SánchezRiccarda20.00
6SwitzerlandSUI32.00
Willi MelligerCalvaro V12.00
Beat MändliCity Banking12.00
Urs FähJeremia12.00
Markus FuchsAdelfos24.00
7NetherlandsNED32.25
Jan TopsTop Gun4.25
Jos LansinkCarthago Z16.00
Emile HendrixFinesse16.00
Bert RompSamantha20.00
8IrelandIRL34.50
Peter CharlesBeneton4.00
Jessica ChesneyDiamond Exchange12.50
Eddie MackenSchalkhaar18.00
Damian GardinerArthos44.50
9ItalyITA36.00
Jerry SmitConstantijn8.00
Valerio SozziGaston M12.00
Natale ChiaudaniRheingold de Luyne16.00
Arnaldo Bologni Eileen36.00
10SwedenSWE36.75
Peter Eriksson Robin I Z12.00
Malin BaryardCorrmint16.50
Maria GretzerMarcoville16.50
Rolf-Göran BengtssonParadiso24.00
=11AustriaAUT40.00
Anton-Martin BauerVesuve Paluelle8.00
Hugo SimonE.T.12.00
Helmut MorbitzerRacal20.00
Thomas MetzgerRoyal Flash117.75
=11Great BritainGBR40.00
Geoff BillingtonIt's Otto12.00
Nick Skelton Showtime12.00
John WhitakerWelham18.50
Michael WhitakerTwo Step28.00
13BelgiumBEL48.50
Ludo PhilippaertsKing Darco4.00
Stanny Van PaesschenMulga Bill20.00
Michel BlatonRevoulino26.25
Eric WautersBon Ami53.50
14MexicoMEX61.50
Jaime GuerraRisueno13.50
Alfonso RomoFlash20.00
Antonio ChedrauiElastique28.00
José MadariagaGenius36.25
15JapanJPN72.75
Takeshi ShiraiVicomte du Mesnil12.75
Yoshihiro NakanoSisal de Jalesnes28.00
Taizo SugitaniCountryman32.00
Kenji MorimotoAlcazar117.75
16CanadaCAN76.75
Ian MillarPlay it Again20.00
Mac ConeElute24.00
Linda Southern-HeathcottAdvantage32.75
Christopher DeliaSilent Sam48.00
17Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA120.00
Khaled Al-EidEastern Knight16.50
Ramzy Al-DuhamiLet's Talk About21.75
Kamal BahamdanMissouri81.75
18AustraliaAUS129.00
Vicki RoycroftCoalminer32.00
Russell JohnstoneSouthern Contrast36.00
David CooperRed Sails64.25
Jennifer ParlevlietAnother Flood94.50
ACArgentinaARG77.251
Justo AlbarracínDinastia Pampero12.00
Ricardo KierkegaardRenomme25.25
Federico CastaingLandlord40.00
Oscar FuentesHenry J. Speed117.75

Round One (31 July 1996 — 14:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorseFaults
1GermanyGER0.75
Ludger BeerbaumRatina Z0.00
Lars NiebergFor Pleasure0.00
Uli KirchhoffJus de Pommes0.75
Franke SloothaakJoly60.25non-scoring
2BrazilBRA4.50
Rodrigo PessoaTomboy0.00
DodaAspen0.25
André JohannpeterCalei4.25
Luiz Felipe de AzevedoCassiana8.00non-scoring
3United StatesUSA8.00
Anne KursinskiEros0.00
Peter LeoneLegato4.00
Michael Matz Rhum IV4.00
Leslie Burr-HowardExtreme14.00non-scoring
4IrelandIRL12.50
Peter CharlesBeneton0.00
Eddie MackenSchalkhaar4.00
Jessica ChesneyDiamond Exchange8.50
Damian GardinerArthos28.50non-scoring
5SpainESP13.00
Fernando SarasolaEnnio0.00
Alejandro JordáHernando du Sablon5.00
Rutherford LathamSourire d'Aze8.00
Pedro SánchezRiccarda8.00
=6NetherlandsNED16.00
Jan TopsTop Gun0.00
Jos LansinkCarthago Z8.00
Bert RompSamantha8.00
Emile HendrixFinesse12.00non-scoring
=6SwedenSWE16.00
Rolf-Göran BengtssonParadiso4.00
Maria GretzerMarcoville4.00
Peter Eriksson Robin I Z8.00
Malin BaryardCorrmint12.25non-scoring
8FranceFRA16.25
Alexandra LedermannRochet M4.00
Hervé GodignonViking du Tillard4.25
Roger-Yves Bost Souviens Toi III8.00
Patrice DelaveauRoxane de Gruchy8.00
=9AustriaAUT20.00
Anton-Martin BauerVesuve Paluelle0.00
Hugo SimonE.T.4.00
Helmut MorbitzerRacal16.00
Thomas MetzgerRoyal Flash60.25non-scoring
=9SwitzerlandSUI20.00
Urs FähJeremia4.00
Markus FuchsAdelfos8.00
Beat MändliCity Banking8.00
Willi MelligerCalvaro V12.00non-scoring
11Great BritainGBR24.00
John WhitakerWelham4.00
Nick Skelton Showtime8.00
Geoff BillingtonIt's Otto12.00
Michael WhitakerTwo Step16.00non-scoring
12ItalyITA28.00
Jerry SmitConstantijn4.00
Arnaldo Bologni Eileen12.00
Natale ChiaudaniRheingold de Luyne12.00
Valerio SozziGaston M12.00
13BelgiumBEL32.00
Ludo PhilippaertsKing Darco4.00
Stanny Van PaesschenMulga Bill12.00
Eric WautersBon Ami16.00
Michel BlatonRevoulino17.75non-scoring
14JapanJPN32.25
Yoshihiro NakanoSisal de Jalesnes8.00
Takeshi ShiraiVicomte du Mesnil8.25
Taizo SugitaniCountryman16.00
Kenji MorimotoAlcazar60.25non-scoring
15CanadaCAN36.00
Mac ConeElute12.00
Ian MillarPlay it Again12.00
Linda Southern-HeathcottAdvantage12.00
Christopher DeliaSilent Sam16.00non-scoring
16Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA37.75
Ramzy Al-DuhamiLet's Talk About5.00
Khaled Al-EidEastern Knight8.50
Kamal BahamdanMissouri24.25
17MexicoMEX41.50
Jaime GuerraRisueno9.50
Alfonso RomoFlash12.00
Antonio ChedrauiElastique20.00
José MadariagaGenius20.00
18AustraliaAUS77.00
Vicki RoycroftCoalminer16.00
Russell JohnstoneSouthern Contrast24.00
Jennifer ParlevlietAnother Flood37.00
David CooperRed Sails40.25non-scoring
ACArgentinaARG44.002
Federico CastaingLandlord16.003
Ricardo KierkegaardRenomme20.004
Oscar FuentesHenry J. Speed60.25non-scoring5
Justo AlbarracínDinastia Pampero8.006

Round Two (1 August 1996 — 14:00)

PosCompetitor(s)NOCHorseFaults
1GermanyGER1.00
Franke SloothaakJoly0.00
Ludger BeerbaumRatina Z0.25
Uli KirchhoffJus de Pommes0.75
Lars NiebergFor Pleasure12.00
=2FranceFRA4.00
Roger-Yves Bost Souviens Toi III0.00
Hervé GodignonViking du Tillard0.00
Alexandra LedermannRochet M4.00
Patrice DelaveauRoxane de Gruchy8.00non-scoring
=2United StatesUSA4.00
Leslie Burr-HowardExtreme0.00
Peter LeoneLegato0.00
Michael Matz Rhum IV4.00
Anne KursinskiEros8.00non-scoring
4ItalyITA8.00
Valerio SozziGaston M0.00
Natale ChiaudaniRheingold de Luyne4.00
Jerry SmitConstantijn4.00
Arnaldo Bologni Eileen24.00non-scoring
5SwitzerlandSUI12.00
Willi MelligerCalvaro V0.00
Beat MändliCity Banking4.00
Urs FähJeremia8.00
Markus FuchsAdelfos16.00non-scoring
6BrazilBRA12.75
Rodrigo PessoaTomboy0.75
Luiz Felipe de AzevedoCassiana4.00
André JohannpeterCalei8.00
DodaAspen8.00
7Great BritainGBR16.00
Geoff BillingtonIt's Otto0.00
Nick Skelton Showtime4.00
Michael WhitakerTwo Step12.00
John WhitakerWelham14.50non-scoring
8NetherlandsNED16.25
Emile HendrixFinesse4.00
Jan TopsTop Gun4.25
Jos LansinkCarthago Z8.00
Bert RompSamantha12.00non-scoring
9BelgiumBEL16.50
Ludo PhilippaertsKing Darco0.00
Stanny Van PaesschenMulga Bill8.00
Michel BlatonRevoulino8.50
Eric WautersBon Ami37.50non-scoring
10SpainESP16.75
Fernando SarasolaEnnio0.25
Rutherford LathamSourire d'Aze8.00
Alejandro JordáHernando du Sablon8.50
Pedro SánchezRiccarda12.00non-scoring
=11AustriaAUT20.00
Helmut MorbitzerRacal4.00
Anton-Martin BauerVesuve Paluelle8.00
Hugo SimonE.T.8.00
Thomas MetzgerRoyal Flash57.50non-scoring
=11MexicoMEX20.00
Jaime GuerraRisueno4.00
Antonio ChedrauiElastique8.00
Alfonso RomoFlash8.00
José MadariagaGenius16.25non-scoring
13SwedenSWE20.75
Peter Eriksson Robin I Z4.00
Malin BaryardCorrmint4.25
Maria GretzerMarcoville12.50
Rolf-Göran BengtssonParadiso20.00non-scoring
14IrelandIRL22.00
Peter CharlesBeneton4.00
Jessica ChesneyDiamond Exchange4.00
Eddie MackenSchalkhaar14.00
Damian GardinerArthos16.00non-scoring
15JapanJPN40.50
Takeshi ShiraiVicomte du Mesnil4.50
Taizo SugitaniCountryman16.00
Yoshihiro NakanoSisal de Jalesnes20.00
Kenji MorimotoAlcazar57.50non-scoring
16CanadaCAN40.75
Ian MillarPlay it Again8.00
Mac ConeElute12.00
Linda Southern-HeathcottAdvantage20.75
Christopher DeliaSilent Sam32.00non-scoring
17AustraliaAUS52.00
Russell JohnstoneSouthern Contrast12.00
Vicki RoycroftCoalminer16.00
David CooperRed Sails24.00
Jennifer ParlevlietAnother Flood57.50non-scoring
18Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA82.25
Khaled Al-EidEastern Knight8.00
Ramzy Al-DuhamiLet's Talk About16.75
Kamal BahamdanMissouri57.50
ACArgentinaARG33.257
Justo AlbarracínDinastia Pampero4.008
Ricardo KierkegaardRenomme5.259
Federico CastaingLandlord24.0010
Oscar FuentesHenry J. Speed57.50non-scoring11