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Equestrianism at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Three-Day Event, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California; Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
Date Started: August 10, 1932
Date Finished: August 13, 1932
Format: Dressage, cross-country, and jumping.

Gold: NED Charles Pahud de Mortanges
Silver: USA Earl Thomson
Bronze: SWE Clarence von Rosen, Jr.


There were 14 entrants led by the defending gold medalist, [Charles Pahud de Mortanges] of the Netherlands. The competition started on the polo field and golf course at the Riviera Country Club, with the cross-country ride being held near Inglewood, California, and the jumping held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The scoring was heavily weighted towards the endurance phase, with 400 points possible in the dressage, 1,300 in the steeplechase and cross-country, and 300 in the jumping, for a possible total of 2,000 points.

American [Harry Chamberlin] took the lead in the dressage followed by his teammate [Eddie Argo], with Pahud de Mortanges placed third. The cross-country and steeplechase phase was won by American [Earl Thomson], and moved into the overall lead, with Pahud de Mortanges second in jumping and also overall. Chamberlin was far back in this phase, and Argo even further behind. Argo came back to win the jumping phase quite comfortably, with only a minor time penalty, but Pahud de Mortanges placed second in jumping to defend his gold medal. Thomson struggled in the jumping but held on for the silver medal, with the bronze going to Pahud de Mortanges' teammate [Clarence von Rosen, Jr.]. Thomson would return in 1936 and again win the silver medal in the individual 3-day event.

Pahud de Mortanges had an interesting life. In 1938 he sustained a serious wrist injury, almost causing his hand to be amputated, which ended his riding career. 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 36 Netherlands NED Marcroix Gold 1,813.833
2 Earl Thomson 31 United States USA Jenny Camp Silver 1,811.000
3 Clarence von Rosen, Jr. 28 Sweden SWE Sunnyside Maid Bronze 1,809.416
4 Harry Chamberlin 45 United States USA Pleasant Smiles 1,687.833
5 Ernst Hallberg 38 Sweden SWE Marokan 1,679.333
6 Karel Schummelketel 34 Netherlands NED Duiveltje 1,614.500
7 Morishige Yamamoto 49 Japan JPN Kingo 1,609.583
8 Eddie Argo 36 United States USA Honolulu Tomboy 1,539.250
9 Aernout, Jonkheer van Lennep 34 Netherlands NED Henk 1,260.750
AC Shunzo Kido 43 Japan JPN Kyu Gun DNF
AC Arne Francke 28 Sweden SWE Fridolin DNF
AC José Pérez Mexico MEX El Torero DNF
AC Taro Nara 36 Japan JPN Sonshin DNF
AC Armando Barriguete Mexico MEX Monza DNF