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Showjumping Ireland National Grand Prix League

The Showjumping Ireland National Grand Prix League is the cornerstone of the national calendar. The leagues travels around all four corners of the country with a lucrative overall league winner.



National Grand Prix League 2017

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 DateShowStart List
1 22-AprHorseware Louth County Show. SJI National Grand Prix 1.40m
2 29-AprPortmore April Show 1.40m National GP League sponsored by Bluegrass
3 30-AprThomastown Horse Show 1.40m SJI National GP sponsored by Mount Juliet
4 07-MayBarnadown Showjumping SJI National Grand Prix
5 14-MayCavan 3 Day Spring/Summer Horse Championships 20. 1.40m SJI National Grand Prix
6 21-MayGalway equestrian charity show 1.40 SJI National Grand Prix Galway Eq Centre
7 27-MayBallinasloe New Heights Champions Series & Grand Prix Show SJI National Grand Prix League
8 11-JunCoilog National Grand Prix and Mervue Equine Summer leinster League Show Sponsored by Coilog Showjumping. SJI National Grand Prix League 1.40cm
9 17-JunGalway County Show SJI National Grand Prix 1.40m
10 25-JunCharleville Agricultural Show 1.40m SJI National Grand Prix
11 30-JunOmagh Show 1.40m SJI National Grand Prix League
12 08-JulCork Summer Show SJI National Grand Prix.
13 13-JulBannow & Rathangan Show Event 2 SJI National GP sponsored by Jim Bolger
14 17-JulNational Balmoral Championships 15. SJI National Grand Prix League
15 22-JulTattersalls Ward Union Summer Show 4. National Grand Prix (Art. 238.2.2)
16 30-JulMARYVILLE SUMMER TOUR SJI National Grand Prix
17 19-AugThe Meadows Equestrian Centre Summer Championships SJI National 1.40m Grand Prix
18 01-SepBarnadown Showjumping - Irish Breeders Classic Show 1.40m SJI National Grand Prix


22nd - 23rd April

Louth County Show (NHCS)

29th April

Portmore Show

30th April

Thomastown Show

7th May

Barnadown Show

14th May

Cavan Equestrian Centre

19th-21st May

Galway Equestrian Centre

26th-28th May

Ballinasloe Show (NHCS)

4th June

Mullingar Show (NHCS)

11th June

Coilog Equestrian

17th – 18th June

Galway County Show (NHCS)

25th June

Charleville Show

30th June - 1st July

Omagh Show (NHCS)

8th  – 9th July

Cork Summer Show (NHCS)

13th July

Bannow and Rathangan Show

18th July

Balmoral Show (NHCS)

22nd – 23rd July

Tattersalls Show (NHCS)

28th - 30th July

Maryville Stables Show

19th - 20th August

The Meadows (NHCS)

26th-27th August

Pilltown Show

31st August - 3rd September

IBC New Heights CHAMPIONS Series


23rd -24th September

Maryville Stables National GP Final & Regional Final


Classes run prior to the National Grand Prix League in the main arena may only be finals or competitions with limited numbers. A Start List will be available from the Show Secretary for the National Grand Prix League, and competitors will jump in drawn order only.

The National Grand Prix League is to start at 3.00pm with a leeway of 30 minutes.

There must be minimum prize-fund of €4,000.00.


All declarations must be made to the S.J.A.I. Head Office.

  1. Week-end shows: Declarations will open at 12.00 noon on the preceding Monday and close at 4.00pm the preceding Thursday.
  2. Mid-week shows: Declarations will open one week prior to the National Grand Prix    date with SJAI head Office and close as prescribed by the Show Organisers and printed in the Show Schedule.

ALL declarations require full entry fee and can ONLY be accepted online through Declarations will open at 10am on the preceding Monday and close at 4pm on the preceding Thursday to the Grand Prix.

Reference Number: A reference number will be allocated to each horse at the time of declaration, which must be quoted in the event of any query. A rider may not be declared to ride more than three horses in any one Grand Prix.

Draw: The draw for each Grand Prix will be seeded and drawn in order of league standing, with the exception of the first Grand Prix. (Seeding structure available on request).

Fines: A fine equivalent to the entry fee will be enforced for each declared horse/rider that does not start a National Grand Prix League competition, Due to the fact that the deposit of €300 is no longer required as of 2016, fines for non-jumping in the National Grand Prix after declaring, must be paid within 14 days of the show. Appeals can be made up to 21 days but fines MUST be paid within the 14 day period.

If an appeal is successful, monies will be refunded.unless a valid veterinary or medical certificate is provided to the S.J.I. Head Office on or before 4.00 p.m. on the 3rd working day after the Grand Prix.

Any appeal against a fine must be made to the National Competitions Committee in writing within 21 days of the Grand Prix in question. If a horse casts a shoe and a farrier is not available the horse is allowed to be withdrawn from the competition. This must be verified by an official on the day.

Substitution: With the permission of the Ground Jury a rider may substitute a horse.

No substitution of rider is permitted.

Dress: Must be in accordance with S.J.I. Rules, or F.E.I. rules, if this is a prerequisite of the Show. In the latter case this must be stipulated on the Show Schedule.

Appeals: An Appeal Committee can be formed ad-hoc if necessary. The Appeal Committee should consist of at least 3 officials, one of which must be a senior judge and two other Showjumping Ireland officials E.G. Senior Course Designer, Stipendiary Steward, Field Steward and not related to a party interested in the result of the objection.

Where weather conditions/ground conditions are in doubt, a panel of Officials, made up of the President of the Ground Jury, the Senior Course Builder and the Stipendiary Steward will determine if the competition should continue (a) outdoors or indoors (where indoor facilities are available) and (b) decide if the fines will be waived for that round.

Starter: A Starter must be appointed who shall, in conjunction with the Ground Jury, have authority at the entrance to the arena and may stop a competitor from entering the arena improperly dressed, without the correct number, with incorrect saddlery etc.

Course Designer: The course must be designed and supervised by a member of the Senior National Panel, or above. (in accordance with SJI rules)_ Safety cups are compulsory in all National Grand Prix League Competitions, on the rear of all spread obstacles, both in the main arena, and the practice area.

The following names must be available to the Grand Prix Coordinator one week prior to the Show: Ground Jury, Commentator, Starter, Appeal Committee, Sponsor and Course Designer.

Point’s allocation for the Showjumping Ireland National Grand Prix League























Prizes: Prize money shall be awarded for minimum 1 place for every five starters, with a minimum of 10 prizes.

If a rider is placed in the top six places with more than one horse, National Grand Prix league points will only be awarded for the highest place. Points will not be re-allocated down the line.

In the event of a tie for first place at a specific Grand Prix League round, points will be awarded for first place (ie: 10 each) as this is deemed as a win to both combinations. Therefore points to be allocated to the third place combination are for third place .

In the event of a tie for the leading rider of the National Grand Prix League, the rider with the most National Grand Prix League wins will be deemed the winner, if a tie remains, the rider with the most second placings in the National Grand Prix League will be used to decide the overall winner of the National Grand Prix League.

National Grand Prix League Points: Twenty three National Grand Prix League rounds PLUS THE FINAL count towards the total of each rider’s points at the end of the season. If the rider competes in more than twenty three league rounds, the rounds with the least points gained will be dropped from the total of his/her points.

All rounds carry equal points, including final leg.

Overall Prize Fund:

  • 1st place €4,000
  • 2nd place €2,000
  • 3rd place €1,000
  • Leading Owner 1,000


Please note: Management have the right to alter these rules through the season.