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Equestrianism at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Three-Day Event, Individual

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Maartensdijk Forest, Hilversum; Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam; Sports Park, Hilversum
Date Started: August 8, 1928
Date Finished: August 11, 1928
Format: Dressage, cross-country, and jumping.

Gold: NED Charles Pahud de Mortanges
Silver: NED Gerard de Kruijff
Bronze: GER Bruno Neumann


The three-day event came down to Dutch riders who took three of the top four places, with only Germany’s [Bruno Neumann], who won bronze, breaking up their monopoly. The leader after the dressage was [Gerard de Kruijff], just ahead of his teammate [Charles Pahud de Mortanges]. In the endurance phase, neither was among the top leaders, but Pahud de Mortanges moved into a narrow lead going into the jumping. Both Dutch riders had a perfect score of 300.0 in the jumping phase, which allowed Pahud de Mortanges to maintain his lead and win the gold medal. He would return in 1932 and defend his gold medal in Los Angeles, and would compete again in Berlin, but would not finish the event. Both he and de Kruijff had competed at Paris in 1924, winning gold medals in the team three-day event. De Kruijff rode [Va-t-en] in 1928, who belonged to Pahud de Mortanges, as de Kruijff’s regular horse, Kakkerlak, was injured shortly before the Amsterdam Olympics.

Pahud de Mortanges had an interesting life. In 1938 he sustained a serious wrist injury, almost causing his hand to be amputated. In 1942 he was taken as a prisoner-of-war but escaped in 1943 by jumping out of a train and travelling to Gibraltar. He took part in the Normandy landings as a major, and was later made Chief of H. M. Military House from 1954-62. He was also President of the Dutch NOC in 1946-51 and 1959-64.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Charles Pahud de Mortanges 32 Netherlands NED Marcroix Gold 1,969.82
2 Gerard de Kruijff 38 Netherlands NED Va-t-en Silver 1,967.26
3 Bruno Neumann 45 Germany GER Ilja Bronze 1,944.42
4 Adolf van der Voort van Zijp 35 Netherlands NED Silver Piece 1,928.60
5 Hans Olof von Essen 27 Finland FIN El Kaid 1,924.64
6 Bjart Ording 29 Norway NOR And Over 1,912.98
7 Nils Kettner 30 Sweden SWE Caesar 1,901.66
8 Arthur Qvist 32 Norway NOR Hidalgo 1,895.14
9 Peder Jensen 30 Denmark DEN Pearl 1,885.24
10 Rudolf Lippert 27 Germany GER Flucht 1,872.62
11 Louis Rousseaux 27 Belgium BEL Swang 1,872.02
12 Willy Gerber Switzerland SUI Chesnut Lily 1,870.40
13 Sven Colliander 37 Sweden SWE King 1,868.92
14 Giuseppe Valenzano 24 Italy ITA Jaddo 1,861.52
15 Alfréd von Adda 39 Hungary HUN Alvezér 1,845.18
16 Josef Charous 33 Czechoslovakia TCH Engadin 1,844.44
17 Sloan Doak 42 United States USA Misty Morn 1,841.08
18 François Denis de Rivoyre 44 France FRA Nistos 1,831.32
19 Michał Antoniewicz 30 Poland POL Moja Mila 1,822.50
20 Charley Stoffel 35 Switzerland SUI Attila 1,818.46
21 Shunzo Kido 38 Japan JPN Kyu Gun 1,812.66
22 Frank Carr 34 United States USA Verdun Belle 1,773.52
23 Eugenio Cerboneschi Italy ITA Derna 1,733.04
24 José María Cabanillas 35 Spain ESP Barrabás 1,708.56
25 Józef Trenkwald 30 Poland POL Lwi Pazur 1,645.20
26 Karol von Rómmel 39 Poland POL Donese 1,600.22
27 Eugen Johansen 36 Norway NOR Baby 1,587.56
28 Henri Pernot du Breuil 29 France FRA Titania 1,511.70
AC Victor Ankarcrona 32 Sweden SWE Mascha DNF
AC Antonio Somalo 31 Spain ESP Royal DNF
AC Walter Feyerabend 36 Germany GER Alpenrose DNF
AC Kálmán Cseh von Szent-Katolna 35 Hungary HUN Bene DNF
AC Vladimir Stoychev 36 Bulgaria BUL Darda DNF
AC Todor Semov 30 Bulgaria BUL Arsenal DNF
AC Cai Gundelach 37 Denmark DEN Beauty DNF
AC Krum Lekarski 30 Bulgaria BUL Gigant DNF
AC René de Ribaupierre 39 Switzerland SUI Sergent DNF
AC Josef Seyfried 32 Czechoslovakia TCH Ekul DNF
AC Francisco Jiménez 34 Spain ESP Quart d'heure DNF
AC Emmanuel-Marie Longin Spindler 48 France FRA Poupée DNF
AC Charles George 41 United States USA Ozella DNF
AC Louis-Marie de Jonghe d'Ardoye 40 Belgium BEL Gigolo DNF
AC Tommaso Lequio di Assaba 34 Italy ITA Uroski DNF
AC Ottó Binder 39 Hungary HUN Jukker DNF
AC František Statečný 28 Czechoslovakia TCH Fesák DNF
AC Georges Van Der Ton 35 Belgium BEL Remember Erin DNF