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Equestrianism at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Mixed Three-Day Event, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, California; Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California
Date Started: July 29, 1984
Date Finished: August 3, 1984
Format: Dressage, cross-country, and jumping.

Gold: NZL Mark Todd
Silver: USA Karen Stives
Bronze: GBR Virginia Holgate-Leng


The cross-country course was designed by Neil Ayer, with the seventh obstacle proving the most challenging. The endurance phase at Fairbanks Ranch had the following sections\\: roads and tracks – 4,180 metres, 19 minutes; steeplechase – 3,105 metres, 4½ minutes, with 9 obstacles; roads and tracks – 11,779 metres, 53½ minutes; and cross-country – 7,410 metres, 13 minutes, with 33 obstacles. There was a rest day after the endurance competition to transport the horses back to Santa Anita for the jumping.

Britain's [Lucinda Green] was a slight favorite, having won at Badminton in 1983-84 and at Burghley in 1981. She finished only 22nd in the opening dressage, however, which left her far behind the other contenders, and she never caught up, eventually finishing sixth. Among the other favorites, Americans [Bruce Davidson] was second in dressage and [Karen Stives] was third, both trailing Swiss rider [Hansüli Schmutz]. Both Davidson and Schmutz dropped well back on the endurance course, with Green, Stives, New Zealand's [Mark Todd], and Italy's [Marina Sciocchetti] recording perfect scores on the cross-country course, as Stives took the lead over Todd going into the jumping. Todd went early in the jumping and had a clean ride, to give him 51.6 total penalty points, all from dressage. Stives was the last rider off and was clean through 10 obstacles, but then she and [Charisma] nicked the next-to-last obstacle and the 5 faults cost her the gold medal, which went to Todd. Britain's [Virginia Holgate] had been third after the endurance contest and her perfect jumping round kept her there for the bronze medal. Stives and Holgate were the first women to win medals in Olympic individual eventing.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Mark Todd 28 New Zealand NZL Charisma Gold -51.60
2 Karen Stives 33 United States USA Ben Arthur Silver -54.20
3 Virginia Holgate-Leng 29 Great Britain GBR Priceless Bronze -56.80
4 Torrance Watkins Fleischmann 34 United States USA Finvarra -60.40
5 Pascal Morvillers 28 France FRA Gulliver B -63.00
6 Lucinda Prior-Palmer-Green 30 Great Britain GBR Regal Realm -63.80
7 Marina Sciocchetti 25 Italy ITA Master Hunt -67.00
8 Mauro Checcoli 41 Italy ITA Spey Cast Boy -67.00
9 Ian Stark 30 Great Britain GBR Oxford Blue -68.60
10 J. Michael Plumb 44 United States USA Blue Stone -71.40
11 Hansueli Schmutz 34 Switzerland SUI Oran -72.60
12 Dietmar Hogrefe 21 West Germany FRG Foliant -74.40
13 Bruce Davidson 34 United States USA J. J. Babu -75.20
14 Bettina Overesch-Böker-Hoy 21 West Germany FRG Peacetime -79.60
15 Andrew Hoy 25 Australia AUS Davey -80.00
16 Claus Erhorn 25 West Germany FRG Fair Lady -80.00
17 Marie-Christine Duroy 27 France FRA Harley -85.40
18 Jan Jönsson 40 Sweden SWE Isolde -86.40
19 Mervyn Bennett 39 Australia AUS Regal Reign -87.40
20 Armand Bigot 50 France FRA Jacquou du Bois -87.60
21 Vicki Roycroft 31 Australia AUS Looking Ahead -91.00
22 Mary Hamilton 29 New Zealand NZL Whist -98.00
23 Sarah Gordon 20 Ireland IRL Rathkenny -99.20
24 Göran Breisner 30 Sweden SWE Bobalong -99.65
25 Kelly Plitz 26 Canada CAN Dialadream -108.40
26 Daniel Nion 33 France FRA Gerome A -115.00
27 David Foster 29 Ireland IRL Aughatore -119.95
28 Andrew Nicholson 22 New Zealand NZL Kahlua -130.40
29 Fiona Wentges 26 Ireland IRL Ballylusky -144.40
30 Bartolo Ambrosione 25 Italy ITA Brick -146.70
31 Christian Persson 27 Sweden SWE Joel -153.80
32 Diana Clapham 27 Great Britain GBR Windjammer -165.20
33 Edie Tarves 22 Canada CAN Mandrake -165.60
34 Sandra del Castillo 24 Mexico MEX Alegre -168.80
35 Martha Griggs 31 Canada CAN Jack the Lad -194.40
36 Michael Pettersson 28 Sweden SWE Up to Date -198.80
37 Andrew Bennie 27 New Zealand NZL Jade -200.80
38 Liz Ashton 34 Canada CAN Ossian -201.20
39 Burkhard Tesdorpf 21 West Germany FRG Freedom -216.05
40 Armando Romero 34 Mexico MEX Homnaje -450.80
AC Peter Gray 26 Bermuda BER Counts Best DNF
AC Margaret Tollerton 25 Ireland IRL Ipi Tombi DNF
AC Richard Rader 25 United States Virgin Islands ISV Deuce DNF
AC Mark Watring 21 Puerto Rico PUR Fair Besa DNF
AC Juan Roberto Redon 33 Mexico MEX Gris DNF
AC Wayne Roycroft 38 Australia AUS Regal Monarch DNF
AC Salvador Suárez 36 Mexico MEX Chuviscar DNF
AC Geremia Toia 18 Italy ITA Semi Valley DNF