Host City: Montréal, Canada
Date Started: July 23, 1976
Date Finished: July 30, 1976
Participants: 135 (111 men and 24 women) from 23 countries
Youngest Participant: Silvia de Luna (18 years, 287 days)
Oldest Participant: Bill Roycroft (61 years, 129 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 8 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): West Germany (7 medals)
Most of the 1976 equestrian events were held at the Olympic Equestrian Center in Bromont, Québec, which was specially constructed for the Montréal Olympics and was finished in 1975. The site continues to be used frequently for equestrian competition. The only event not held there was the team jumping which was conducted on the last day in the main Olympic Stadium.
The severe veterinary regulations in place for Olympics equestrianism, especially concerning equine piroplasmosis, influenced the participation, as Poland and Chile could not send horses at all, and France and Italy had to keep some at home.
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 seven nations won equestrian medals in Montréal as West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) won seven medals and the United States four, with both winning two gold medals.