- 17 nations (Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA)
- The after-effects of World War II were still very much alive: there was no German team and all the Eastern European countries stayed away. Brazil was the newcomer.
- 108 entries (44 in Jumping; 19 in Dressage; 45 in Eventing)
Jumping (44 riders from 15 nations)
Dressage (19 riders from 9 nations)
Eventing (45 riders from 16 countries)
The Jumping competition, one round counting for both team and individual honours, was held in the Empire Stadium at Wembley. There were 16 obstacles, necessitating 19 jumping efforts. The course was 870m in length and the fences up to 1.60m in height. Because of heavy rain during the whole week, the course was slippery. Mexico was the undisputed dominator of this Olympic Jumping competition.
Considering the difficulties in training Dressage horses during the long war years, the FEI had decided to reduce the programme to 13 minutes and did not ask for passage and piaffe. The number of judges was also reduced from five to three.
It is interesting to note the rules for saddlery. Allowed were: English saddle, bridle with snaffle, bridoon with curb chain and padding if needed. Forbidden were: martingales, bearing reins, bandages, gaiters and blinkers of any kind.
The demands on endurance day were reduced: the steeplechase measured only 3,500 meters and the speed on the roads and tracks was reduced from 240 m/min to 220 m/min. The total distance was 33.5km as compared to 36km in Berlin 12 year earlier. The height of the fences in both the Cross-Country and Jumping was raised from 1.15m to 1.20m. The difficulties were therefore the hard ground covered with loose stones over hilly country rather than the obstacles.