Host City: München, West Germany
Date Started: August 29, 1972
Date Finished: September 9, 1972
Participants: 179 (148 men and 31 women) from 27 countries
Youngest Participant: Kurt Maeder (19 years, 359 days)
Oldest Participant: Lorna Johnstone (70 years, 4 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 6 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): West Germany (5 medals)
The jumping events, both in show jumping and eventing, were contested at the Reitstadion, or Riding Facility in the Riem section of München. This was a temporary facility constructed for the 1972 Olympics and it also hosted the modern pentathlon show jumping phase. The endurance phase of the eventing was contested at the Military-Gelände Poing, a military base near München.
Dressage was held at a temporary facility set up on the grounds of the Nymphenburg Palace, a Baroque Palace in München. The Palace, built in the 17th century, had been the summer residence of the house of Wittelsbach. The decision by the OCOG to move dressage to Nymphenburg, was hotly disputed. The decision to hold dressage in Nymphenburg instead of Riem was influenced by a state visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965. When she was in München, the 1964 German Olympic gold medal team gave a 10-minute dressage demonstration in front of the castle, which enchanted the Queen and influenced the München OCOG’s decision.
The equestrian program consisted of the standard six events, with individual and team events in dressage, eventing, and show jumping, all of which were open to both men and women, as they had been since 1964.
Only six nations won equestrian medals with all six winning at least two medals. The Federal Republic of Germany (West) won five medals and two golds, with Great Britain winning three medals and two golds. Italy and the United States also won three medals.