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Equestrianism at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Dressage, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
Date Started: August 10, 1932
Date Finished: August 10, 1932
Format: Placement by ordinals, with ties broken by total points.

Gold: FRA Xavier Lesage
Silver: FRA Charles Marion
Bronze: USA Hiram Tuttle


There were only 10 entrants from four nations (France, Mexico, Sweden, United States). Piaffe and passage were required for the first time. France was led by [Charles Marion] on Linon, silver medalist from 1928, and [Xavier Lesage] on Taine, bronze medalist from 1924. In the end Lesage would win the gold medal, with Marion taking silver. Originally the second-place finisher was Swedish rider [Bertil Sandström], but he was disqualified after protests from the French and Americans, who accused him of making clicking noises with his tongue to give instructions to his horse. Sandström claimed that he made no such noises, but that what was heard was a creaking saddle. The protest was upheld, however, and he was dropped to 10th and last place, although his score was allowed to stand for the team dressage event.

Scoring was by ordinals from among the three judges, with total points used as the tiebreaker. Marion and American [Hiram Tuttle] tied for second with 7 ordinals, but Marion won the silver medal with a higher point score. Tuttle’s bronze remains, through 2012, the only individual Olympic dressage medal won by a United States’ rider. His horse was aptly named Olympic, which he had purchased for the total sum of $1.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal O PTS
1 Xavier Lesage 46 France FRA Taine Gold 6 1,031.25
2 Charles Marion 45 France FRA Linon Silver 14 916.25
3 Hiram Tuttle 49 United States USA Olympic Bronze 14 901.50
4 Thomas Byström 38 Sweden SWE Gulliver 16 880.50
5 André Jousseaumé 38 France FRA Sorelta 17 871.25
6 Isaac Kitts 36 United States USA American Lady 17 846.25
7 Alvin Moore 40 United States USA Water Pat 20 829.00
8 Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr. 28 Sweden SWE Ingo 21 833.50
9 Gabriel Gracida 32 Mexico MEX El Paso 30 601.50
10 Bertil Sandström 44 Sweden SWE Kreta 9 964.00