Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: June 17, 1956
Date Finished: June 17, 1956
Format: Two rounds. Total score for both rounds determined placement.
|Gold:||Hans Günter Winkler|
For the first time women were allowed to compete in Olympic show jumping. Two did so, [Pat Smythe] of Great Britain and [Brigitte Schockaert] of Belgium, with Smythe finishing 10th and Schockaert tied for 34th. The competition was held over two rounds, with the total number of faults for both rounds determining placement. The course had 14 obstacles, although the 5th obstacle was a double one, and the 12th was a three-part obstacle, thus with 17 jumps spread over 775 metres, with the time allowance given for a speed of 400 m/min.
The favorite was German [Hans Günter Winkler] who had won the World Championships in 1954 and 1955. Winkler led after the first round with only 4.00 faults, trailed by the defending gold medalist [Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola] with 7.00, and five riders with 8.00 faults – including the Italian D'Inzeo brothers and [Pat Smythe]. However, Winkler had injured his groin in the first round, and only started the final round to help his German team in the team competition. Riding his prize horse [Halla], Winkler rode a clean second round to win the gold medal with a total of 4.00 faults, as Halla seemed to ride the course on her own. The silver medal went to [Raimondo D'Inzeo], whose second round was the only other clean ride in the competition. His brother, [Piero D'Inzeo], was the bronze medalist, finishing with 11.00 faults.
Winkler competed at six Olympics (1956-76) winning five gold medals, one silver, and one bronze, but this was his only individual medal. Raimondo D'Inzeo competed at eight Olympics (1948-76), winning six medals with one gold – in this event in 1960. His brother, Piero, also competed at the same eight Olympics, also winning six medals, but no golds. He would win the silver medal in this event in 1960.
Winkler's mount Halla, a bay mare, would follow him to the 1960 Olympics and win a team gold there, in addition to his two jumping golds in Stockholm, as Halla became the first horse to win three Olympic gold medals. Halla was by a trotting stallion and was foaled on 16 May 1945. She competed through the Brussels Grand Prix on 25 October 1960 and then was retired to stud, later dying in 1979, at 34-years-old.
|1||Hans Günter Winkler||29||Germany||GER||Halla||Gold||4.00|
|4T||Wilf White||52||Great Britain||GBR||Nizefela||12.00|
|6||Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola||36||France||FRA||Voulette||15.00|
|9||Mohamed Selim Zaki||31||Egypt||EGY||Inch'Allah||20.00|
|10||Pat Smythe||27||Great Britain||GBR||Flanagan||21.00|
|11T||Hugh Wiley||27||United States||USA||Trail Guide||24.00|
|11T||Alfons Lütke Westhues||26||Germany||GER||Ala||24.00|
|15T||Bill Steinkraus||30||United States||USA||Night Owl||28.00|
|19T||William de Rham||Switzerland||SUI||Va Vite||36.00|
|19T||Peter Robeson||26||Great Britain||GBR||Scorchin||36.00|
|21T||Andrey Favorsky||27||Soviet Union||URS||Manevr||40.00|
|21T||Gamal Haress||30||Egypt||EGY||Nefertiti II||40.00|
|23||William Ringrose||25||Ireland||IRL||Liffey Vale||44.00|
|27T||Frank Chapot||24||United States||USA||Belair||52.25|
|29||Bernard de Fombelle||32||France||FRA||Doria||52.75|
|33||Nelson Pessoa Filho||20||Brazil||BRA||Relincho||58.00|
|38||Alpaslan Güneş||Turkey||TUR||Esmer Altin||65.25|
|39||Vladimir Raspopov||29||Soviet Union||URS||Kodeks||76.50|
|41||Eloy de Menezes||45||Brazil||BRA||Biguá||85.00|
|AC||Boris Lilov||33||Soviet Union||URS||Boston||DNF|
|AC||Rodrigo da Silveira||35||Portugal||POR||Limerick||DNF|
|AC||Isoup Ganthy||26||Cambodia||CAM||Flatteur II||DNF|