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Equestrian at the 1928 Summer Olympics – Individual jumping

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Individual jumping
at the Games of the IX Olympiad
P. L. M. J. BERTRAN (France) on Papillon.png
Pierre Bertran de Balanda, the silver medalist, competing
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date12 August
Competitors46 from 16 nations
Winning score0
1st place, gold medalist(s) František Ventura and Eliot
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Pierre Bertran de Balanda and Papillon
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Charles-Gustave Kuhn and Pepita
← 1924
1932 →

The individual show jumping at the 1928 Summer Olympics took place on 12 August 1928 at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. Scores from the individual competition were summed to give results in the team competition.[1] There were 46 competitors from 16 nations.[2] Each nation could send a team of three riders; 15 nations did so, while Japan had a single rider. The event was won by František Ventura of Czechoslovakia, the nation's first medal in individual jumping. France earned its first medal in the event since 1912 with Pierre Bertran de Balanda's silver. Charles-Gustave Kuhn took bronze, putting Switzerland on the podium for the second consecutive Games.


This was the fifth appearance of the event, which had first been held at the 1900 Summer Olympics and has been held at every Summer Olympics at which equestrian sports have been featured (that is, excluding 1896, 1904, and 1908). It is the oldest event on the current programme, the only one that was held in 1900.[2]

Three of the top 10 riders from the 1924 competition returned: gold medalist Alphonse Gemuseus of Switzerland, silver medalist (and 1920 gold medalist) Tommaso Lequio di Assaba of Italy, and ninth-place finisher José Álvarez de Bohórquez of Spain.

Argentina, Hungary, Japan, and the Netherlands each made their debut in the event. Belgium and France both competed for the fifth time, the only nations to have competed at each appearance of the event to that point.

Competition format

"The obstacles with number 16 as a maximum, the minimum height being 1 m. 25, and the maximum height 1 m. 40 (4’ to 4’ 9”). The canter must be free and at a speed of 400 m. (43 yds.) a minute. The timekeeper shall not take into account greater speed, but on the other hand a lower speed shall be penalised by 0.25 of a point per second over the time allowed. Grazing, displacing or touching the obstacles shall not be taken into account."[3] The course was 720 metres long.[2]

Ties for medal position were broken with re-rides, while all other ties were broken by time.


The first round was interrupted by rain and had to be continued on the second day.

Date Time Round
Sunday, 12 August 1928 14:00 Final


The course was relatively easy, with seven riders able to finish with no faults. Three of them repeated the feat in the first re-ride, guaranteeing those riders the medals and requiring a second re-ride to determine who would receive which medal. In the second re-ride, some obstacles were raised to 1.60 metres in height to increase the difficulty.[2]

Source: Official results;[3] De Wael[4]

Rank Rider Nation Horse Time Faults 1st re-ride 2nd re-ride
1st place, gold medalist(s) František Ventura  Czechoslovakia Eliot 1:34 0 0 0
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Pierre Bertran de Balanda  France Papillon 1:21 0 0 2
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Charles-Gustave Kuhn  Switzerland Pepita 1:38 0 0 4
4 Kazimierz Gzowski  Poland Mylord 1:33 0 2
5 José Navarro  Spain Zapatazo 1:36 0 2
6 Karl Hansen  Sweden Gerold 1:39 0 2
7 Francesco Fourquet  Italy Capinera 1:33 0 DSQ
8 Alphonse Gemuseus  Switzerland Lucette 1:27 2
9 Carl Björnstjerna  Sweden Kornett 1:30 2
10 José Álvarez  Spain Zalamero 1:33 2
11 Eduard Krüger  Germany Donauwelle 1:33 2
12 Julio García  Spain Revistade 1:37 2
13 Kazimierz Szosland  Poland Alli 1:40 2
14 Richard Sahla  Germany Correggio 1:15 4
15 Luís Ivens Ferraz  Portugal Marco Visconti 1:26 4
16 Hélder Martins  Portugal Avro 1:31 4
17 Jacques Couderc de Fonlongue  France Valangerville 1:34 4
18 Harry Chamberlin  United States Nigra 1:34 4
19 José de Albuquerque  Portugal Hebraico 1:42 4
20 Michał Antoniewicz  Poland Readglet 1:31 6
21 Alessandro Bettoni Cazzago  Italy Aladino 1:38 6
22 Knut Gysler  Norway Sans Peur 1:38 6
23 Frank Carr  United States Miss America 1:38 6
24 Tommaso Lequio di Assaba  Italy Trebecco 1:48 6
25 Ernst Hallberg  Sweden Loke 1:31 8
26 Pierre Clavé  France Le Trouvère 1:33 8
27 Gerard de Kruijff  Netherlands Preten 1:41 8
28 Carl Friedrich von Langen-Parow  Germany Falkner 1:42 8
29 Antonius Colenbrander  Netherlands Gaga 1:46 8
30 Charles Labouchere  Netherlands Copain 1:44 10
31 Lajos von Malanotti  Hungary Ibolya III 1:28 12
32 Anton Klaveness  Norway Barrabas 1:35 12
33 Adolphus Roffe  United States Fairfax 2:04 12
34 Amabrio del Villar  Argentina Talán-Talán 1:49 1214
35 Gaston Mesmaekers  Belgium As de Pique 1:37 14
36 Bjart Ording  Norway Fram I 1:30 16
37 Pierre de Muralt  Switzerland Notas 1:48 16
38 Jacques Misonne  Belgium Keepsake 2:04 16
39 Antal von Kánya  Hungary Gólya 1:33 20
40 Raúl Antoli  Argentina Turbion 1:45 20
41 Josef Rabas  Czechoslovakia Daghestan 2:14 2212
42 Víctor Fernández  Argentina Silencio 1:27 26
43 Kálmán Cseh von Szent-Katolna  Hungary Beni 1:56 30
44 Baudoin De Brabandère  Belgium Miss América 2:29 3414
Shigetomo Yoshida  Japan Kyuzan DSQ
Rudolf Popler  Czechoslovakia Denk DSQ


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Equestrianism at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games: Men's Jumping, Individual". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Jumping, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b "1928 Summer Olympics official report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Equestrianism 1928". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
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