Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: August 10, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Participants: 31 (31 men and 0 women) from 6 countries
Youngest Participant: Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr. (28 years, 88 days)
Oldest Participant: Morishige Yamamoto (49 years, 233 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 7 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): United States (5 medals)
The dressage and most of the 3-day-event were carried out on the grounds of the [Riviera Country Club]. One of the best known golf courses in the world, it has hosted three major championships – the US Open in 1948 and the PGA Championship in 1983 and 1995, and has been the traditional home of the Los Angeles Open since the 1940s. The cross-country portion of the 3-day event took place near Inglewood, California. The show jumping competition was held in the Olympic Stadium, the [Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum]. The riding courses were laid out by Snowy Baker, Australian boxing and swimming Olympian from 1908, who now lived in Los Angeles, managed a polo club, and taught horse skills.
The German riders did not attend for financial reasons, despite having several favored riders. The competitions had very small fields because of the travel distance to the American West Coast and the world-wide depression. Although there were few athletes present, public interest was very strong. Show jumping, the final event of the Olympics, was already sold out only a few days after tickets went on sale.