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Equestrianism at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Mixed Three-Day Event, Individual

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Equestrian Centre, Bromont, Québec
Date Started: July 23, 1976
Date Finished: July 25, 1976
Format: Dressage, cross-country, and jumping.

Gold: USA Tad Coffin
Silver: USA J. Michael Plumb
Bronze: FRG Karl Schultz

Summary

Barbara Kemp became the first woman to design an Olympic cross-country course. The total length of the endurance course was 27,465 metres. Of the 7,695 metres of cross-country, which contained 36 obstacles, 3,200 metres went over a golf course (obstacles 10 to 25), 900 metres were in the forest, 1,300 metres on gravel roads, and 2,300 metres over meadows.

American Bruce Davidson had won the 1974 World Championships at the Burghley Horse Trials. Mark Phillips had won at Burghley in 1973 and at Badminton in 1974 but was not on the British team for Montréal. Britain did have Richard Meade, the defending gold medalist, [Lucinda Prior-Palmer], the 1973 Badminton Champion, and of course, HRH Princess Anne. West German Karl Schultz took the lead after the dressage, followed by Davidson. Schultz then finished fifth in the endurance phase and took the lead after the jumping. The endurance contest was led by American J. Michael Plumb followed by his teammate Tad Coffin. Coffin moved into second, followed by Plumb, with Prior-Palmer in fourth, and Meade fifth going into the jumping, as Davidson struggled and dropped back to 11th place.

Schultz made two faults in the jumping, costing him 20 points, and this dropped him off the top step of the podium and down to a bronze medal. Coffin rode cleanly in jumping, as did 11 other riders, which brought him the gold medal. Plumb had one fault in jumping but was able to hold onto second place and the silver medal. Plumb first competed at the Olympics in 1960 and would compete in seven Olympics through 1992, also making the 1980 US Olympic team. He would win six Olympic medals, including two golds, a team gold in Montréal and another at Los Angeles in 1984.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Tad Coffin 21 United States USA Bally-Cor Gold -114.99
2 J. Michael Plumb 36 United States USA Better & Better Silver -125.85
3 Karl Schultz 38 West Germany FRG Madrigal Bronze -129.45
4 Richard Meade 37 Great Britain GBR Jacob Jones -141.35
5 Wayne Roycroft 30 Australia AUS Laurenson -178.04
6 Gerry Sinnott 24 Ireland IRL Croghan -178.85
7 Jean Valat 24 France FRA Vampire -187.70
8 Yury Salnikov 26 Soviet Union URS Rumpel -189.46
9 Federico Roman 23 Italy ITA Shamrock -194.14
10 Bruce Davidson 26 United States USA Irish-Cap -200.16
11 Juliet Graham 22 Canada CAN Sumatra -202.69
12 Mervyn Bennett 31 Australia AUS Regal Reign -206.04
13 Herbert Blöcker 33 West Germany FRG Albrant -213.15
14 Mario Turner 25 Italy ITA Tempest Blisland -213.19
15 Eric Horgan 28 Ireland IRL Pontoon -213.30
16 Bill Roycroft 61 Australia AUS Version -215.46
17 Valery Dvoryaninov 28 Soviet Union URS Zeila -218.25
18 Jean-Yves Touzaint 27 France FRA Aladin -224.11
19 Helmut Rethemeier 37 West Germany FRG Pauline -242.00
20 Denis Pigott 29 Australia AUS Hillstead -246.51
21 Mary Anne Tauskey 20 United States USA Marcus Aurelius -269.49
22 Alessandro Argenton 39 Italy ITA Woodland -274.91
23 Cathy Wedge 25 Canada CAN City Fella -286.76
24 HRH Princess Anne 25 Great Britain GBR Goodwill -299.30
25 Viktor Kalinin 36 Soviet Union URS Araks -313.84
26 Robin Hahn 42 Canada CAN L'Esprit -319.36
27 Carlos Alfonso 31 Argentina ARG Ucase -449.11
28 Rodolfo Grazzini 31 Argentina ARG Veracruz -529.89
29 Juan Roberto Redon 25 Mexico MEX Arrupe -699.41
AC Ronnie McMahon 33 Ireland IRL San Carlos DQ
AC Lucinda Prior-Palmer-Green 22 Great Britain GBR Be Fair DNF
AC Giovanni Bossi 22 Italy ITA Boston DNF
AC Hugh Thomas 28 Great Britain GBR Playamar DNF
AC Jim Day 30 Canada CAN Viceroy DNF
AC Norman van de Vater 29 Ireland IRL Blue Tom Tit DNF
AC Otto Ammermann 43 West Germany FRG Volturno DNF
AC Thierry Touzaint 22 France FRA Ut Majeur DNF
AC Dominique Bentejac 31 France FRA Djerk DNF
AC Gen Ueda 27 Japan JPN Pontiff DNF
AC David Bárcena 34 Mexico MEX Cachibache DNF
AC Carlos Rawson 30 Argentina ARG Dos de Oro DNF
AC Pyotr Gornushko 23 Soviet Union URS Gusar DNF
AC Kenkichi Ishiguro 29 Japan JPN Asodeska DNF
AC Silvia de Luna 18 Guatemala GUA Tahuoca DNF
AC Ángel Boyenechea 29 Argentina ARG Rasputin DNF
AC Rita de Luna 46 Guatemala GUA Pampa DNF
AC José Luis Pérez Soto 33 Mexico MEX Fascinante DNF
AC Kenji Eto 28 Japan JPN Inter-Nihon DNF
AC Maríano Bucio 33 Mexico MEX Cocaleco DNF