After the start of the modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, it was not until Stockholm in 1912 that equestrian sports were given an Olympic platform. Multi-skilled Dutch riders were immediately successful. At the Paris Olympics in 1924, the Dutch Military team won gold, and this was repeated in Amsterdam in 1928.The most successful Dutch Military rider was Lt Charles Pahud de Mortanges with his horse Marcroix. He won the team gold twice in 1924 in Antwerp and in 1928 in Amsterdam, and the individual Olympic gold in Amsterdam in 1928 and Los Angeles in 1932.
From 1956 women were allowed to take part in Olympic equestrian events in all three events; dressage, show jumping and cross country. This makes the Olympic equestrian disciplines the only sport at the Olympic Games in which men and women can compete with each other on completely equal terms.