- 6 nations (France, Japan, Mexico, Netherland, Sweden, USA). This was the lowest ever participation in the Olympic Games.
- 35 entries (11 in Jumping; 10 in Dressage; 14 in Eventing)
- There were 25,000 spectators watching Dressage on the polo field of the Riviera Country Club. There were 100,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium (the Coliseum) for the Jumping and the closing ceremony.
Jumping (11 riders from 4 nations)
Dressage (10 riders from 4 nations)
Eventing (14 riders from nations)
The Jumping competition of 1932 was a disaster. The first known Olympic course designer, John A. Barry (who rode for the USA in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics) supported by Sloan Doak (also a multi Olympic rider) built a course that was much more difficult than 1928. It had 18 obstacles and 20 jumping efforts over a length of 1,060m.
Considering the weak starting field, with probably only six top riders – as compared with 20-25 in Lucerne, Dublin or Rome at that time – the two 1.60m fences, the wall and the five-meter wide water jump were far too much. No team finished the competition and the team medals remained unclaimed.
Dressage was overshadowed by a strange incident. During the ride of Bertil Sandström of Sweden an unofficial side-judge, posted there by the US, reported that the rider had clicked with his tongue, which was forbidden by FEI rules. Sandström claimed it was just the squeak of his new saddle. The matter was referred to the highly respected Appeals Committee, composed of Guy Henry, Olympic Rider 1912, Chief of the US Cavalry, and FEI President; Clarence von Rosen of Sweden, organiser of the first Equestrian Olympic Games of 1912, FEI Vice President; Georges Hector of France, FEI Secretary General since 1921.
They came to the surprising conclusion that Sandström, who would have won individual silver, was to be placed last individually. This gave individual silver to a French rider and bronze to an American. But Sandström’s score was to count for the team competition - it did not endanger the gold medal of the French and kept the US in a nice bronze medal position.
For the first time, piaffe and passage were asked for and the test took 16 minutes.
The most serious contenders were the three riders from the US, The Netherlands and Sweden. The latter two got their three riders to the finish line – Arne Francke of Sweden was eliminated on the cross country. While Pahud de Mortanges repeated his victory of 1928, the US took the team gold medal. Their best rider Earl Foster (Tommy) Thomson was second on Jenny Camp - a feat he was to repeat four years later in Berlin. Clarence von Rosen junior was third – as he was a day later in the Jumping competition.