Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Trade Union's Equestrian Complex, Bitsevsky Park, Moskva
Date Started: July 31, 1980
Date Finished: August 1, 1980
Format: Two rounds, final round score to determine placement.
There were only 14 competitors. The same format was used as in 1972 and 1976, which was rather odd, as the qualifying round advanced 12 riders to the finals, eliminating only two competitors. The only world-class dressage rider in Moskva was Austrian [Elisabeth Theurer]. She led the qualifying and the final round to easily win the gold medal, as Soviet riders went 2-3-4 against overmatched riders from Bulgaria, Poland, and Romania. The defending gold medalist was Swiss rider Christine Stückelberger, who did not compete at the 1980 Olympics, but won the concurrent Goodwood Dressage Festival in West Sussex, England. Theurer’s decision to participate in Moskva created considerable controversy in Austria, and resulted in the resignation of the President of the Austrian Equestrian Federation.
|1||Sissy Max-Theurer||23||Austria||AUT||Mon Cherie||Gold||1,370|
|2||Yury Kovshov||28||Soviet Union||URS||Igrok||Silver||1,300|
|3||Viktor Ugryumov||40||Soviet Union||URS||Shkval||Bronze||1,234|
|4||Vira Misevych||35||Soviet Union||URS||Plot||1,231|