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Equestrianism at the 1956 Stockholm Equestrian Games:

Men's Three-Day Event, Individual

Equestrianism at the 1956 Equestrian Games:


Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Fäboda, Järvafelt Nature Reserve, Sollentuna; Race Track, Ulriksdal; Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: June 11, 1956
Date Finished: June 14, 1956
Format: Dressage, cross-country, and jumping.

Gold: SWE Petrus Kastenman
Silver: GER August Lütke Westhues
Bronze: GBR Frank Weldon


Incidents at the 22nd obstacle of the endurance course marred the eventing competition. The fence was a trakehner ditch, 2.50 metres in width and 1 metre in height with rails in the centre and sloping sides. It caused 28 refusals, 12 falls, and one horse fatality, [Iller], who was put down after being injured from a fall at obstacle 22.

Dressage opened the three-day event, as always, with the lead taken by German [Otto Rothe]. The defending gold medalist, [Hans von Blixen-Finecke, Jr.] was in eighth place after the first day. The endurance phase often determines the eventing medals and it did in Stockholm, as Sweden's [Petrus Kastenman] had the best score with +69.87 and moved into the lead, ahead of Germany's [August Lütke Westhues] and British rider [Frank Weldon]. However, the competition was close and if anyone of those three faltered in the jumping, the gold medal could change hands. In the end, all three leaders had two faults in the jumping phase, for 20 penalty points, and there was no change in final standings, with Kastenman winning the gold medal, followed by Lütke Westhues and Weldon.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsDressageCross-Country2nd Phase SummaryJumping

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Petrus Kastenman 31 Sweden SWE Iluster Gold -66.53
2 August Lütke Westhues 29 Germany GER Trux von Kamax Silver -84.87
3 Frank Weldon 42 Great Britain GBR Kilbarry Bronze -85.48
4 Lev Baklyshkin 22 Soviet Union URS Guimnast -96.65
5 Genko Rashkov 36 Bulgaria BUL Euphoria -111.23
6 Laurence Rook 35 Great Britain GBR Wild Venture -119.64
7 Giancarlo Gutierrez 23 Italy ITA Wiston -136.43
8 Juan Martín Merbilháa Argentina ARG Gitana I -136.46
9 Adriano Capuzzo 28 Italy ITA Tuft of Heather -139.41
10 Bill Mullins 36 Ireland IRL Charleville -145.48
11 Brian Crago 30 Australia AUS Radar -147.42
12 Bertie Hill 29 Great Britain GBR Countryman III -150.36
13 Hans Christian Andersen 42 Denmark DEN Tom -154.40
14 Bunty Thompson 31 Australia AUS Brown Sugar -155.06
15 Otto Rothe 31 Germany GER Sissi -158.04
16 John Rumble 22 Canada CAN Cilroy -162.53
17 Harry Freeman-Jackson 45 Ireland IRL Cellarstown -170.81
18 Kemal Özçelik 34 Turkey TUR Eskimo -186.21
19 Jim Elder 21 Canada CAN Colleen -193.69
20 Brian Herbinson 25 Canada CAN Tara -216.50
21 Klaus Wagner 34 Germany GER Prinzeß -233.00
22 Eduardo Cano Argentina ARG Why -242.01
23 Lars Kirkebjerg 33 Denmark DEN Havanna -267.68
24 Hans von Blixen-Finecke, Jr. 39 Sweden SWE Jubal -286.38
25 Jean Saint-Fort Paillard 42 France FRA Farceur -294.90
26 Nikolay Shelenkov 36 Soviet Union URS Satrap -297.68
27 Ernie Barker 43 Australia AUS Dandy -317.50
28 Carlos de la Serna 34 Argentina ARG Fanion -345.71
29 Joaquim Silva 32 Portugal POR Heléboro -349.55
30 Milo Gmür Switzerland SUI Romeo -378.51
31 Roland Perret 28 Switzerland SUI Erlfried -405.18
32 Giuseppe Molinari Italy ITA Uccello -415.30
33 Samuel Koechlin 31 Switzerland SUI Goya -577.21
34 Fernando Cavaleiro 39 Portugal POR Matre -657.24
35 Valerian Kuybyshev 30 Soviet Union URS Perekop -718.00
36 Reijo Kuistila 24 Finland FIN Lamora -950.77
AC Walter Staley 23 United States USA Mud Dauber DNF
AC Gheorghe Soare Romania ROU Cabala DNF
AC Nail Gönenlı 32 Turkey TUR Temel DNF
AC Jack Burton 36 United States USA Huntingfield DNF
AC Alain Bouchet France FRA Ferney DNF
AC Konstantin Venkov 31 Bulgaria BUL Greibel DNF
AC Ian Hume-Dudgeon 31 Ireland IRL Copper Coin DNF
AC Gheorghe Langa 26 Romania ROU Bolero DNF
AC Karl Ammitzbøll 40 Denmark DEN Kajus DNF
AC Johan Asker 41 Sweden SWE Iller DNF
AC Álvaro Sabbo 30 Portugal POR Marto DNF
AC Kari Tolvanen 39 Finland FIN Lariina DNF
AC Fethi Gürcan Turkey TUR Rih DNF
AC Frank Duffy 19 United States USA Drop Dead DNF
AC Faustino Domínguez 51 Spain ESP Anfitrion DNF
AC Joaquín Nogueras 49 Spain ESP Thalia DNF
AC Virgil Bărbuceanu 29 Romania ROU Brebenel DNF
AC Hernán Espinosa 40 Spain ESP Al-Herrasan DNF
AC Rashko Fratev 31 Bulgaria BUL Naphtaline DNF
AC Kaarlo Anttinen 41 Finland FIN Locarno DNF