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Equestrianism at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Date Started: August 12, 1936
Date Finished: August 16, 1936
Events: 6

Participants: 127 (127 men and 0 women) from 21 countries
Youngest Participant: AUT Karl Neumeister (22 years, 364 days)
Oldest Participant: AUT Arthur von Pongracz (72 years, 48 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 4 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (7 medals)


The 1936 equestrian competition had the standard six events – individual and team competition in dressage, eventing, and show jumping, which were held on the last five days of the 1936 Olympics. The show jumping was held at the main Olympic Stadium in Berlin, with a crowd estimated at 120,000, while eventing cross-country took place at a military exercise field in Brandenburg called the Truppenübungsplatz. Dressage was held at the Maifield at the Imperial Sports Field. The most controversial part of the 1936 equestrian was the difficulty of the eventing cross-country course, especially the fourth jump, a water jump. The course was so difficult that three horses were severely injured and had to be euthanized.

Germany absolutely dominated, winning all six of the available gold medals, and seven medals in all. Twelve nations won medals but no other nation won more than one.