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Equestrianism at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Date Started: October 16, 1964
Date Finished: October 23, 1964
Events: 6

Participants: 116 (103 men and 13 women) from 20 countries
Youngest Participant: CAN Christilot Hanson-Boylen (17 years, 194 days)
Oldest Participant: IRL Harry Freeman-Jackson (53 years, 298 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 7 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany (6 medals)


The 1964 eventing took place at the Karuizawa Equestrian Venue in the town of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture, about 160 km from Tokyo, at the base of the Asama Volcano. Dressage was held at the Equestrian Park in Setagaya, a section of Tokyo. The jumping competition was held at the Kokuritsu Kyogijo, or National Stadium, and ended the Olympics, held on the final afternoon.

Because of the distance to Tokyo, horses were mostly flown to the 1964 Olympics for the first time. This caused some problems in this era as three horses had to be destroyed in transport to or from the Olympics.

The program was the same as it had been from 1928-56, with the six standard events of individual and team in dressage, eventing, and show jumping. In 1960 at Roma, team dressage was not contested, but it returned in 1964 and has been on the program since. Women had been allowed to compete in Olympic equestrian dressage since 1952 and show jumping since 1956, but in 1964 eventing was opened to women as well, meaning that from 1964 onwards, equestrianism was a fully mixed sport.

Eight nations won medals with Germany winning six medals, two of each color. Italy also won two gold medals, with France and Switzerland winning the other two events.