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Equestrianism at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Mixed Dressage, Individual

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Siena Square, Villa Borghese, Roma
Date Started: September 5, 1960
Date Finished: September 6, 1960
Format: Two rounds, total score to determine placement.

Gold: URS Sergey Filatov
Silver: SUI Gustav Fischer
Bronze: GER Josef Neckermann

Summary

Because of the judging controversies in 1956 dressage, several rules were changed for 1960, as follows: 1) only two riders per country; 2) no team competition; 3) Grand Prix performances to be discussed among the judges before a final verdict; 4) the ride-off performances to be filmed and the film reviewed for a length of time; 5) judges to be selected only from countries with no medal contenders; and 6) scores would be given on the scale of 0 – 10 instead of 0 – 6. Because of the length of time to review the films and the judges’ discussions, the final results were not announced until three days after the competition ended.

The individual dressage was also different as the original 17 competitors rode a preliminary round, with the top five riders advancing to a final round. The top five places were determined by the combined score of the preliminary and final rounds. The two-time defending champion, Sweden’s Henri Saint Cyr was back and made it to the final round, but would eventually place only fourth. Soviet Sergey Filatov went off third in the final, and posted the highest final round score. He had also led the qualifying and thus won the gold medal quite easily. Josef Neckermann was second after qualifying, but placed fourth in the final and dropped back to the bronze medal position, trailing Gustav Fischer, who had the second best final round. American [Patricia Galvin] had won the recent Grand Prix de Aachen and came in as one of the favorites, but placed sixth in qualifying and just missed the final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Sergey Filatov 33 Soviet Union URS Absent Gold 2,144
2 Gustav Fischer 44 Switzerland SUI Wald Silver 2,087
3 Josef Neckermann 48 Germany GER Asbach Bronze 2,082
4 Henri Saint Cyr 58 Sweden SWE L'Étoile 2,064
5 Ivan Kalita 33 Soviet Union URS Korbey 2,007
6 Patricia Galvin de la Tour d'Auvergne 21 United States USA Rath Patrick 995
7 Rosemarie Springer 40 Germany GER Doublette 985
8 Henri Chammartin 42 Switzerland SUI Wolfdietrich 978
9 Yngve Viebke 48 Sweden SWE Gaspari 975
10 António, Viscount de Mozelos 50 Portugal POR Greek Warrior 948
11 Lilian Williams 65 Great Britain GBR Little Model 939
12 Jessica Newberry-Ransehousen 21 United States USA Forstrat 927
13 Johanna Hall 26 Great Britain GBR Conersano Caprice 838
14 František Šembera 55 Czechoslovakia TCH Ivo 832
15 Jorge Cavoti 35 Argentina ARG Vidriero 828
16 Krum Lekarski 62 Bulgaria BUL Edgard 799
17 Luís Silva 58 Portugal POR Adonis 775