Host City: MontrÃ©al, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, MontrÃ©al, QuÃ©bec
Date Started: August 1, 1976
Date Finished: August 1, 1976
Format: Two rounds. Four rider teams. Best three scores in each round determined team total. Separate competition.
This was a separate competition from the individual jumping. The format was the same as in 1972 with four-person teams riding two rounds, with the best three scores in each round to count towards the team score. Only the top eight teams after the first round advanced to the second round. It rained for several days before the competition and the Olympic Stadium did not drain water well, causing discussion about moving the team event to Bromont, but it was eventually held as scheduled.
The Nationsâ Cups in 1975-76 had been shared relatively equally between West Germany, Great Britain, the United States, and Italy. In round one France and West Germany tied with 24.00 faults, followed by Canada, Spain, Mexico, and Belgium, as the USA barely advanced. France had the best second round with 16.00 faults, which brought them the gold medal with a total of 40.00 faults, followed by West Germany, which was second best overall and in the second round. The United States had the third best second round to move up to fourth, but could not catch Belgium, which won the bronze medal. This was the first medal for Belgium in an equestrian event since 1920.