1990 Stockholm, Sweden

Canadian Fast Facts

Susan Anderson was the top-placed Canadian show jumper in her first major international outing, riding Gustav.

Hugh Graham and Pedro had a tough go when the horse took a dislike to the fibresand footing. The synthetic/sand mix – dyed green for the TV cameras – was not very popular with the riders.

Tom Dvorak and World Cup were eliminated when the ground jury gonged him out partway through his test for “unevenness.”

The eventing team was coached by Jack LeGoff.

Under eventing rules at the time, Edie Tarves and Mindy Rose were allowed to continue despite two falls (one occurring outside the “penalty zone”).

The Canadian Team placed a very respectable fourth in endurance, led by Earle Baxter and Rushcreek Pawnee, who finished in 11th spot.


The inaugural World Equestrian Games (WEG) held in Stockholm, Sweden, July 24 – Aug. 5, 1990, represented the biggest equestrian event ever held to date involving all six Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) disciplines – Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, and Vaulting. Prior to this, championships were held separately, at different times and in different countries. The idea to bring them all together had been in the works since the mid-80s, originated by, among others, HRH Prince Philip, who was FEI president at the time. This undertaking was intended to be a once-only event, but proved so successful that it has been repeated every four years since.

Possibly due to their excellent handling of the equestrian events at the 1956 Olympics Games, Stockholm was given the nod to hold the WEG over close runner-up Rome, Italy. The city's Olympic Stadium was designated the main arena and underwent a major renovation. As Stockholm had not hosted equestrian events for quite some time, the organizing committee held a number of test events leading up to the Games.

This first WEG was considered a huge success: sponsor revenue exceeded expectations, attendance was good and even the weather cooperated, although temperatures peaked at 95°F (35°C) on cross-country day. A total of 39 countries participated, with 550 riders and  800 horses. Part of the success must be attributed to the involvement of the Swedish National Federation and the force of over 2,400 volunteers who kept things running smoothly. In the end, however, because of the spare-no-expense attitude, the Games were run at a loss which was ultimately covered by the state. 

The 1990 WEG had a positive impact on the economy, created a legacy, and sparked the continued interest in and growth of equestrian sport in Sweden.


  • In show jumping, France won both team (Eric Navet, Hubert Bourdy, Roger-Yves Bost, Pierre Durand) and individual honours (Eric Navet).
  • The Final Four horses included some of the legends of show jumping, including Quito de Baussy, Milton, and Gem Twist, who was named Best Horse.
  • Blyth Tait of New Zealand, riding Messiah, won the individual eventing and led his team to a gold medal.
  • Only three horse/riders went clear within the time allowed on cross-country day.
  • Dressage winner Nicole Uphoff and Rembrandt broke a record when they earned 76.5% in the Special.
  • Endurance icon Becky Hart of the US, riding as an individual, won aboard her great long distance horse R.O. Grand Sultan.
  • For the first time, endurance riders had to conform to a dress code; where shorts or sweat pants and t-shirts had been the norm, breeches and shirts with a collar became the rule.
  • Three yellow warning cards, introduced earlier that year by the FEI, were issued: one apiece to the Yugoslavian Dressage Team; a Hungarian driver; and U.S. show jumper Anne Kursinski.
  • The jumping course designer was Olaf Petersen.
  • The cross-country course designer was Jan Stokkentre.

Canadian Results:


Team Jumping
12. CANADA  
Jay Hayes, Zucarlos
Susan Anderson, Gustav
Hugh Graham, Pedro
Mario Deslauriers, Calvados Orion
Individual Jumping
37. Susan Anderson, Gustav
39. Mario Deslauriers, Calvados Orion
40. Jay Hayes, Zucarlos
DNF – Hugh Graham, Pedro


Team Dressage
Ashley Munro, Rebell
Roger Seegert, Mandarin
Gary vander Ploeg, Aramis
Ret. - Tom Dvorak, World Cup

Individual Dressage
48. Gary vander Ploeg, Aramis
55. Ashley Munro, Rebell
61. Roger Seegert, Mandarin
Ret. - Tom Dvorak, World Cup


Individual Eventing
16. David Wilding-Davies, Koolah Crusader
29. Therese Washtock, Ludie May
DNF - Edie Tarves, Mindy Rose
DNF - Nick Holmes-Smith, Maiden Cruise


Team Endurance
Earle Baxter, Rushcreek Pawnee  
Rick Burnside, Kabar Raftan  
Bill Cameron, Navajo Natty Glo  
Shari Mac Farlane, Sir Prize

Individual Endurance
11. Earle Baxter, Rushcreek Pawnee
17. Shari MacFarlane, Sir Prize
19. Rick Burnside, Kabar Raftan
29. Bill Cameron, Navajo Natty Glo
Elim. - Joan Spiker, Stranger
Ret. - Danny Grant, CDR Solliliquy






Individual Driving
35. Timothy Wright


Did you know ?

The highest dressage scores ever seen at a WEG were awarded at the 2010 WEG, most notably to triple gold winner Edward Gal (NED) and Moorlands Totilas, who earned 91.800 in the freestyle.