Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: September 11, 1920
Date Finished: September 11, 1920
Format: I - Jump on the horse from a standing position, then after that, jump from the horse back to the ground. Then jump back on the horse over the left side and after that, over the right side. II - Running: A - Jump on the horse from the back. B - Land on the horse in a standing position. C - Jump over the horse without support from left to right. D - Jump over the horse without support from right to left. E - Jump over two horses without support, from left to right. F - Jump over two horses without support, from right to left. III - With Jumping Board:~ A - Jump from right to left over the horse with a salto. B - Jump with a salto over two, three, four and more horses. IV - Riding with a Walking Horse.
An event loosely called figure riding or vaulting (l’epreuve de voltige = the acrobatic event) was held for the only time in Olympic history. It was contested by Army officers from Sweden, Belgium, and France and consisted of a strange combination of figure riding, along with acrobatic jumping on and off the horses. An individual and team event was held. It was also termed “vaulting” in the English translation of the General Programme for 1920, although acrobatic riding is probably the best English translation. Switzerland also entered and wanted to compete but were stopped at the last minute by the Swiss government, who were concerned about rumors of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Belgium.
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