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Equestrianism at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Date Started: September 19, 1988
Date Finished: October 2, 1988
Events: 6

Participants: 182 (128 men and 54 women) from 32 countries
Youngest Participant: COL María Paula Bernal (16 years, 348 days)
Oldest Participant: JPN Kikuko Inoue (63 years, 296 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 7 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): FRG West Germany (5 medals)


The 1988 equestrian events were mostly held at the Seo-ul Gyeong-ma Gong-won, or the Seoul Equestrian Park, in Kwachon. This was built on the site of a previous horse racing track, specifically for the 1988 Olympics, but was not finished until April 1988. After the Games, it was converted again to a race track, now called the Seoul Race Park. All the events were conducted there except for the individual show jumping final, which was held at the main Olympic Stadium, and the endurance course in eventing, which was held at Gyeong-ma Gyu-yug-won, or Wondang Ranch, 43 km north of Kwachon. All horses travelling to Korea had to spend 21 days in pre-flight quarantine, and on arrival in Seoul the horses stayed for 36 hours in quarantine at the Equestrian Park.

The program consisted of the standard six events of individual and team events in dressage, eventing, and show jumping. West Germany was the dominant nation, winning four of the six events, and five medals. France and Great Britain won three medals, with New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States winning two each. In all seven nations won medals, all traditional equestrian nations, with Canada winning a single bronze medal. The rules in show jumping were also relaxed in 1988, allowing professionals to compete for the first time.