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Equestrianism at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Mixed Dressage, Individual

Equestrianism at the 1952 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Ruskeasuo Sports Park, Helsinki
Date Started: July 28, 1952
Date Finished: July 29, 1952
Format: Placement by point scores.

Gold: SWE Henri Saint Cyr
Silver: DEN Lis Hartel
Bronze: FRA André Jousseaumé


The dressage program again included piaffe and passage, and was expanded to 15 minutes. Women were allowed to compete in dressage in 1952 and four took that opportunity – [Lis Hartel] (DEN), [Ida von Nagel] (GER), [Else Christophersen] (NOR), and [Marjorie Haines] (USA).

Hartel, however, was the big story of the event. In September 1944, while pregnant, she developed poliomyelitis. Unable to walk for awhile, Hartel eventually developed the ability to walk with braces, although she remained partially paralyzed below her knees. At Helsinki, she still had to be helped on and off her horse but she came through to win the silver medal, trailing Sweden’s [Henri Saint Cyr], who won quite easily. At the victory ceremony, Saint Cyr helped Hartel ascend the podium.

Saint Cyr returned in 1956 and repeated as the gold medalist, and Hartel also repeated as the silver medalist. Bronze medalist [André Jousseaumé] had also competed at the 1932, 1936 and 1948 Olympics, and would return in 1956 as well. The three other women finished 10th (von Nagel), 15th (Christophersen), and 17th (Haines).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Henri Saint Cyr 50 Sweden SWE Master Rufus Gold 561.00
2 Lis Hartel 31 Denmark DEN Jubilee Silver 541.50
3 André Jousseaumé 57 France FRA Harpagon Bronze 541.00
4 Gottfried Trachsel 44 Switzerland SUI Kursus 531.00
5 Gustaf Adolf Boltenstern, Jr. 48 Sweden SWE Krest 531.00
6 Henri Chammartin 33 Switzerland SUI Wöhler 529.50
7 Heinz Pollay 44 Germany GER Adular 518.50
8 Gustav Fischer 36 Switzerland SUI Soliman 518.50
9 Gehnäll Persson 41 Sweden SWE Knaust 505.50
10 Ida von Nagel 35 Germany GER Afrika 503.00
11 Bob Borg 39 United States USA Bill Biddle 492.00
12 Fritz Thiedemann 34 Germany GER Chronist 479.50
13 Jean Peïtevin de Saint-André 40 France FRA Vol au Vent 479.00
14 José Larraín 35 Chile CHI Rey de Oros 473.50
15 Else Christophersen 37 Norway NOR Diva 459.00
16 Héctor Clavel 31 Chile CHI Frontalera 452.00
17 Marjorie Haines 23 United States USA The Flying Dutchman 446.00
18 Kristian Jensen 63 Denmark DEN Odense 439.00
19 Vladimir Raspopov 25 Soviet Union URS Imeninnik 433.50
20 António, Viscount de Mozelos 42 Portugal POR Napeiro 428.50
21 Francisco Valadas Júnior 46 Portugal POR Feitico 422.00
22 Ernesto Silva 31 Chile CHI Viarregio 415.00
23 Jean Saint-Fort Paillard 38 France FRA Tapir 403.50
24 Vasily Tikhonov Soviet Union URS Pevec 395.00
25 Nikolay Sitko 38 Soviet Union URS Cesar 377.00
26 Fernando Paes 45 Portugal POR Matamas 346.00
27 Hartmann Pauly 58 United States USA Reno Overdo 315.50