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Equestrianism at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Three-Day Event, Individual

Equestrianism at the 1912 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Lindarängen, Stockholm; Stockholm Cross Country Riding Club Stadium, Stockholm; Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 13, 1912
Date Finished: July 17, 1912
Format: Five phases: two phases cross-country, steeplechase, dressage, and jumping.

Gold: SWE Axel Nordlander
Silver: GER Harry von Rochow
Bronze: FRA Jacques Cariou


The event was only for commissioned officers on active duty. Each nation was allowed a maximum of four competitors. Not strictly a true “3-Day Event” as we now know it, the event was termed the “Military Riding Competition” in 1912. In addition, it took place over four days, not three. Section scores were calculated by using the percentage of possible scores in each section multipled by 10. The maximum by sections were the following: Section 1 - long-distance ride of 55 km., maximum 10 points; Section 2 - 5 km. cross-country ride with natural obstacles of fences, ditches, and streams, held as a portion of the long-distance ride, maximum 130 points, scaled down to 10 points; Section 3 - 3,500 metre steeplechase, maximum 100 points, scaled down to 10 points; Section 4 - Jumping competition, maximum 150 points, scaled down to 10 points; and Section 5 - Dressage, maximum 770 points, scaled down to 10 points. As an example, in dressage (section 5), Nordlander scored 590 in the dressage or .766 of maximum, which gave him a score of 7.66 for the dressage.

The event opened with the 55 km. ride on a day that was described as oppressively hot. Still, 26 of the 27 riders finished the course, with only one (Albert Seigner [FRA]) outside the time limit of four hours. In the cross-country portion of the ride, held concurrently, three riders rode the wrong way and were disqualified, but 13 posted perfect scores of 130. Thus after two sections, 13 riders were tied for first place. Two days later, 22 riders started the steeplechase section, but it did little to separate the logjam at the top. Seventeen of the 22 posted perfect scores of 100 in this section, and 9 riders remained tied for first with total scores of 30 after this section.

The jumping (section four) was won by Ernst Casparsson (SWE) who scored 145 of 150 points. Bernard Meyer (FRA) and Friedrich von Rochow (GER) each scored 143 to move into a tie for first place with totals of 39.53, with only the dressage remaining. Only 15 riders started the dressage, which was won by Jean Cariou (FRA), who scored 594.2 points (of 770 possible) to move into 3rd place overall. The second best dressage score was posted by Axel Nordlander of Sweden, who had been in 7th place going into the last section. Nordlander scored 590 points in the dressage, and his adjusted score of 7.66 enabled him to move into first place overall. Nordlander won, in addition to his gold medal, the German Emperor’s Challenge Prize.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Axel Nordlander 32 Sweden SWE Lady Artist Gold 46.59
2 Harry von Rochow 30 Germany GER Idealist Silver 46.42
3 Jacques Cariou 41 France FRA Cocotte Bronze 46.32
4 Nils Adlercreutz 45 Sweden SWE Atout 46.31
5T Ernst Casparsson 25 Sweden SWE Irmelin 46.16
5T Richard, Count von Schaesberg-Thannheim 28 Germany GER Grundsee 46.16
7 Ben Lear 32 United States USA Poppy 45.91
8 Eduard von Lütcken 29 Germany GER Blue Boy 45.90
9 Jack Montgomery 30 United States USA Deceive 45.88
10 Henric Horn af Åminne 32 Sweden SWE Omen 45.85
11 Guy Henry 37 United States USA Chiswell 45.54
12T Ephraim Graham 30 United States USA Connie 45.30
12T Ernest Meyer 47 France FRA Allons-y 45.30
14 Gaston Seigner 34 France FRA Dignité 45.15
15 Carl von Moers 40 Germany GER May-Queen 44.43
AC Paul Covert Belgium BEL La Sioute DNF
AC Gaston de Trannoy 31 Belgium BEL Capricieux DNF
AC Paul Kenna 49 Great Britain GBR Harmony DNF
AC Edward Nash 23 Great Britain GBR The Flea DNF
AC Frode Kirkebjerg 23 Denmark DEN Dibbe-Libbe DNF
AC Bryan Lawrence 38 Great Britain GBR Patrick DNF
AC Herbert Scott 26 Great Britain GBR Whisper II DNF
AC Carl Adolph Kraft 36 Denmark DEN Gorm DNF
AC Pierre Dufour d'Astafort 26 France FRA Castibalza DNF
AC Emmanuel de Blommaert de Soye 36 Belgium BEL Clonmore DNF
AC Guy Reyntiens 31 Belgium BEL Beau Soleil DNF
AC Carl Høst Saunte 39 Denmark DEN Streg DNF