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Equestrianism at the 1956 Stockholm Equestrian Games:

Mixed Dressage, Individual

Equestrianism at the 1956 Equestrian Games:

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: June 15, 1956
Date Finished: June 16, 1956
Format: Placement by point scores.

Gold: SWE Henri Saint Cyr
Silver: DEN Lis Hartel
Bronze: GER Liselott Linsenhoff

Summary

Sweden’s Henri Saint Cyr had won the gold medal in this event in 1952, followed by Denmark’s Lis Hartel, who won the first medal in equestrian by a woman. Saint Cyr and Hartel repeated their 1-2 finish in Stockholm, although there were some complaints on nationalism by the judges, which is not uncommon in dressage. The bronze medal went to German Liselott Linsenhoff as two women won medals in the event for the first time. Linsenhoff would compete at the Olympics again in 1968-72 and won the dressage gold medal at the 1972 Olympics.

Judging controversies affected the 1956 dressage competition as both the Swedish and German judges ranked their riders 1-2-3. The German and Sweden judges, both generals, were suspended by the FEI, and the IOC threatened to take dressage out of the Olympics. After long negotiations it was agreed that there would be no team competition in Rome in 1960, only two individual riders per country would be allowed, and three judges had to be from non-participating countries.

Saint Cyr won four gold medals in dressage in 1952-56 (individual and team both years). He competed at the Olympics from 1936-60. Hartel’s story was inspirational as she been afflicted with polio in 1944 and although she recovered somewhat, she remained paralyzed below the knees for the remainder of her life. Hartel had to be helped on and off her horse.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Henri Saint Cyr 54 Sweden SWE Juli Gold 860.00
2 Lis Hartel 35 Denmark DEN Jubilee Silver 850.00
3 Liselott Linsenhoff 28 Germany GER Adular Bronze 832.00
4 Gehnäll Persson 45 Sweden SWE Knaust 821.00
5 André Jousseaumé 61 France FRA Harpagon 814.00
6 Gottfried Trachsel 48 Switzerland SUI Kursus 807.00
7 Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr. 52 Sweden SWE Krest 794.00
8 Henri Chammartin 37 Switzerland SUI Wöhler 789.00
9 Hannelore Weygand 31 Germany GER Perkunos 785.00
10 Gustav Fischer 40 Switzerland SUI Vasello 750.00
11 Sergey Filatov 29 Soviet Union URS Ingas 744.00
12 António de Almeida 40 Portugal POR Feitiço 743.00
13 Else Christophersen 41 Norway NOR Diva 739.00
14 Anneliese Küppers 26 Germany GER Afrika 729.00
15 Aleksandr Vtorov Soviet Union URS Repertoir 726.00
16 Gheorghe Teodorescu 30 Romania ROU Palatin 721.00
17 Bob Borg 43 United States USA Bill Biddle 720.00
18 Nikolay Sitko 42 Soviet Union URS Skatchek 700.00
19 Hermann Zobel 47 Denmark DEN Monty 673.00
20 Leonard Lafond 54 Canada CAN Rath Patrick 657.00
21 Lorna Johnstone 53 Great Britain GBR Rosie Dream 655.00
22 Jean-Albert Brasu France FRA Vol d'Amour 648.00
23 Inger Lemvigh-Müller 53 Denmark DEN Bel Ami 644.00
24 Nicolae Mihalcea Romania ROU Mihnea 625.00
25T Lilian Williams 61 Great Britain GBR Pilgrim 616.00
25T Robert Lattermann 25 Austria AUT Danubia 616.00
27 Anne-Lise Kielland 36 Norway NOR Clary 601.50
28 Alexis Pantchoulidzew 67 Netherlands NED Lascar 586.50
29 Bodil Russ 47 Norway NOR Corona 572.00
30 Elaine Watt 26 United States USA Connecticut Yankee 568.00
31 Mauno Roiha 44 Finland FIN Laaos 562.00
32 Jean Salmon 58 France FRA Kipling 554.00
33 Nicolae Marcoci Romania ROU Corvin 516.00
34 Alexander Sagadin 40 Austria AUT Cyprius 513.00
35 Jorge Cavoti 31 Argentina ARG Carnavalito 483.50
36 Krum Lekarski 58 Bulgaria BUL Edgard 396.50