| Event type

Team, Open

Date5 – 6 August 2012
LocationGreenwich Park, Greenwich, London
Participants59 from 15 countries
FormatTwo rounds. Four rider teams. Best three scores in each round determined team total. Separate competition.

Great Britain were regular visitors to championships medal podiums throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s but the team had not won a major title since 1989 and were considered mere fringe contenders behind more highly regarded nations like France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The British started well and qualified for the final round in joint second place behind surprise leaders Saudi Arabia as more fancied nations like Germany and France crashed out of the competition.

Although the Saudis performed well to eventually win the bronze medal it became clear halfway through the final that the championship would be decided between the Netherlands and Great Britain. The two teams matched each other clear round for clear round and mistake for mistake until it became apparent that the fate of the title would be decided by the final Dutch rider. The equation was simple – if Gerco Schröder had a four fault round then the competition would continue to a jump-off. Anything better and the Netherlands would take gold, worse and the honours would go to Great Britain. Schröder’s horse, aptly called London, knocked down the middle of the triple combination and the two teams moved on to a jump-off. When two of the first three Dutch riders made mistakes it meant that Peter Charles, who had been the weak link of the quartet so far, would clinch gold if he produced a flawless performance and that is exactly what he did to claim a first British gold in the discipline since 1952 in Helsinki. The outstanding performer was Britain’s Nick Skelton who did not make a single mistake in all five rounds of jumping. At 54 he was the oldest Champion of the entire Games. A full generation earlier a 20-year-old Skelton had been robbed of an Olympic début and, with a much depleted field, probable medal by the decision of the British Equestrian Federation to boycott the Moscow Olympics.

These Olympics did much to emphasize the Dutch influence on the sport as all three medal winning teams were coached by Dutch nationals and three of the gold medal winning team’s horses were exported from the Netherlands to Britain.

PosRiderHorseNOCPointsPart OnePart TwoJump-Off
1Great BritainGBR84 (=2)4 (=1)0 (1)Gold
Nick SkeltonBig Star000
Ben MaherTripple X040
Scott BrashHello Sanctos404
Peter CharlesVindicat850
2NetherlandsNED84 (=2)4 (=1)12 (2)Silver
Jur VrielingBubalu880
Maikel van der VleutenVerdi008
Marc HoutzagerTamino004
Gerco SchröderLondon44
3Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaKSA141 (1)13 (4)Bronze
Prince Abdullah Al-SaudDavos04
Kamal BahamdanNoblesse Des Tess15
Ramzy Al-DuhamiBayard van de Villa Theresia04
Abdullah SharbatlySultan46
4SwitzerlandSUI164 (=2)12 (3)
Steve GuerdatNino des Buissonnets44
Paul EstermannCastlefield Eclipse08
Werner MuffKiamon412
Pius SchwizerCarlina IV00
5CanadaCAN265 (6)21 (6)
Jill HenselwoodGeorge49
Tiffany FosterVictor
Eric LamazeDerly Chin de Muze08
Ian MillarStar Power14
=6United StatesUSA288 (=7)20 (5)
McLain WardAntares48
Beezie MaddenVia Volo44
Reed KesslerCylana812
Rich FellersFlexible08
=6SwedenSWE284 (=2)24 (7)
Jens FredricsonLunatic84
Lisen BrattMatrix412
Henrik von EckermannAllerdings016
Rolf-Göran BengtssonCasall la Silla08
8BrazilBRA678 (=7)59 (8)
DodaRahmannshof's Bogeno08
Cacá Ribas (DNS)Wilexo
José Roberto Fernández FilhoMaestro St. Lois446
Rodrigo PessoaRebozo45
9MexicoMEX1010 (9)
Nicolás PizarroCrossing Jordan4
Jaime AzcárragaGangster12
Federico FernándezVictoria6
Alberto MichánRosalia la Silla0
=10AustraliaAUS1212 (=10)
James Paterson-RobinsonLanosso4
Julia HargreavesVedor8
Edwina Tops-AlexanderItot Du Chateau0
Matt WilliamsWatch Me12
=10GermanyGER1212 (=10)
Marcus EhningPlot Blue4
Janne Friederike MeyerLambrasco4
Meredith Michaels-BeerbaumBella Donna8
Christian AhlmannCodex One4
12FranceFRA1414 (12)
Simon DelestreNapoli du Ry6
Pénélope LeprévostMylord Carthago8
Kévin StautSilvana4
Olivier GuillonLord de Theize4
13BelgiumBEL1616 (13)
Philippe Le JeuneVigo d'Arsouilles8
Gregory WatheletCadjanine Z4
Dirk DemeersmanBufero van het Panishof8
Jos LansinkValentina van 't Heike4
14UkraineUKR2121 (14)
Cassio RivettiTemple Road5
Oleksandr OnishchenkoComte d'Arsouilles23
Björn NagelNiack de l'Abbaye4
Katharina OffelVivant12
15ChileCHI2222 (15)
Samuel ParotAl Calypso9
Tomás CouveUnderwraps5
Rodrigo CarrascoOr de la Charboniere17
Carlos MilthalerHyo Altanero8