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24th Olympic Games 1988 – Seoul (17.09.1988-02.10.1988)

After 1964 the 24th Olympic Games were held for the second time in Asia. After Japan now in Korea, a country in transformation. Primarily an agricultural country and devastated by the civil war of the early fifties, it was transforming itself economically and politically.

The 1988 Games were allocated to Seoul (KOR) in 1982. Already in 1983 a government order was issued for the construction of an equestrian facility along the Han river in Chamsil, some 18 km outside of the city. This generous complex, the Seoul Equestrian Park at Kwachon, was completed in April 1988, comprising both a race track and equestrian facilities. It was a huge investment for a country with practically no equestrian tradition. In fact a census had shown that Korea – a country of 41 million people – had only 1’058 horses.

Again seven countries shared the 18 equestrian medals. Germany again won most: five, of which four of the six gold medals (team Jumping, team and individual Dressage and team Eventing). Remarkable that, for the first time since 1936, a country (Germany again) won all team Gold medals.

Max E. Ammann, Director of the World Cup Jumping, worked again for the US tv-network. This time it was NBC, who had won the contract for the 1988 Games. He was again researcher and co-commentator. It is interesting to note that practically the whole ABC team of 1984 now worked in Seoul for NBC, such as Eli Rieger (USA) as producer or Peter Diamond (USA) as Co-ordinator. 

Jumping - individual competition (26+30.09.1988+02.10.1988)

1.Pierre Durand (FRA) – Jappeloup
2.Greg Best (USA) – Gem Twist
3.Karsten Huck (FRG) – Nepomuk

Jumping - team competition (28.09.1988)

        Ludger Beerbaum (FRG) – The Freak
        Wolfgang Brinkmann (FRG) – Pedro
        Dirk Hafemeister (FRG) – Orchidee
        Franke Sloothaak (FRG) – Walzerkönig

2.United States of America
        Greg Best (USA) – Gem Twist
        Lisa Jacquin (USA) – For the Moment
        Anne Kursinski (USA) – Starman
        Joe Fargis (USA) – Mill Pearl

        Hubert Bourdy (FRA) – Morgat
        Frédéric Cottier (FRA) – Flambeau C
        Michel Robert (FRA) – La Fayette
        Pierre Durand (FRA) – Jappeloup

Dressage – individual competition (24.-27.09.1988)

1.Nicole Uphoff (FRG) – Rembrandt
2.Margit Otto-Crépin (FRA) – Corlandus
3.Christine Stückelberger (SUI) – Gauguin de Lully

Dressage – team competition (24.-25.09.1988)

        Reiner Klimke (FRG) – Ahlerich
        Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff (FRG) – Courage
        Monica Theodorescu (FRG) – Ganimedes
        Nicole Uphoff (FRG) – Rembrandt

        Otto Hofer (SUI) – Andiamo
        Christine Stückelberger (SUI) – Gauguin de Lully
        Daniel Ramseier (SUI) – Random
        Samuel Schatzmann (SUI) – Rochus

        Cynthia Ishoy (CAN) – Dynasty
        Eva-Maria Pracht (CAN) – Emirage
        Gina Smith (CAN) – Malte
        Ashley Nicoll (CAN) – Reipo

Eventing – individual competition (19.-22.09.1988)

1.Mark Todd (NZL) – Charisma
2.Ian Stark (GBR) – Sir Wattie
3.Virginia Leng (GBR) –Master Craftsman

Eventing – team competition (19.-22.09.1988)

        Claus Erhorn (FRG) – Justyn Thyme
        Matthias Baumann (FRG) – Shamrock
        Thies Kaspareit (FRG) – Sherry
        Ralf Ehrenbrink (FRG) – Uncle Todd

2.Great Britain
        Mark Phillips (GBR) – Cartier
        Karen Straker (GBR) – Get Smart
        Virginia Leng (GBR) – Master Craftsman
        Ian Stark (GBR) – Sir Wattie

3.New Zealand
        Mark Todd (NZL) – Charisma
        Marges Knighton (NZL) – Enterprise
        Andrew Bennie (NZL) – Grayshott
        Tinks Pottinger (NZL) – Volunteer