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New Heights Champions Series

The New Heights Champions Series will be held at ten locations throughout the year. 

We are delighted to once again have TRM & Horse Sport Ireland sponsoring this competition. 




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TRM-HSI New Heights Champions Series 2019

 DateShowStart List
1 28-AprThe Meadows Equestrian Spring Horse Championships TRM/HSI New Heights Champions Series Grand Prix
2 05-MayPortmore Show Bluegrass Spring Championships TRM/HSI New Heights Champions Series GP
3 26-MayBallinasloe Grand Prix Show TRM/HSI New Heights Champions Series Grand Prix
4 16-JunGalway County Show TRM/HSI New Heights Champions Series Grand Prix
5 06-JulOmagh Show TRM/HSI New Heights Champions Series GP
6 14-JulCork Summer Show
7 17-JulNational Balmoral Championships 38. TRM/HSI New Heights Championship Grand Prix
8 21-JulTattersalls Ward Union July Show 13. TRM HSI New Heights Champions Series
9 28-JulMaryville 3 Day Horse Summer Tour. TRM/HSI New Heights Champions Series
10 31-AugBarnadown Showjumping Irish Breeders Classic TRM/HSI New Heights Champion Series


New Heights Champions Series 2019



Sunday, 28th April - The Meadows

Sunday, 5th May - Portmore Equestrian

Sunday, 26th May - Ballinasloe Show

Sunday, 16th June - Galway County

Saturday, 6th July - Omagh Show

Sunday, 14th July - Cork Summer Show

Wednesday 17th July - National Balmoral

Sunday, 21st July - Tattersalls Show

Sunday 28th July - Maryville Stables

Saturday 31st August – Irish Breeders Classic



The duration of the show must be a minimum of two days and to include a National GP on a day prior to the NHCS been ran.

The jumping surface must be a well prepared grass surface or an all-weather surface and the show organisers must have a means to maintain the surface to a satisfactory standard as per recommendations from course designers, show director and SJI officials.

All classes held in the main arena before the New Heights Champions Series must be pre entered to SJI head office. Show or show organisers must ensure that this class ends on time to ensure the New Heights Champions Series starts on time.


The starting time of the New Heights Champions Series  is to start at 3.00pm, with a leeway of 30 minutes failure to start Grand Prix’s on time will result in the venue/show forfeiting €3,000 from SJI.


Riders may compete on a maximum of three horses.


Each New Heights Champions Series  will be run under Article 273.2.2/, at least 25% of the starting number to be brought back for the second round as per the placing’s in the first round, with the fence height being 1.50mtr.


A fine equivalent to the entry fee will be enforced for each declared horse/rider that does not start a New Heights Champions Series  leg. Appeals can be made up to 21 days.

If an appeal is successful, monies will be refunded.


A valid veterinary or medical certificate must be provided to the S.J.I. Head Office on or before 4.00 p.m. on the 3rd working day after the Grand Prix.


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 or horse may be substituted but not both.


Dress: must be in accordance with S.J.A.I. Rules or F.E.I. rules, if this is a prerequisite of the competition. In the latter case this must be stipulated on the Show Schedule. Riders are required to wear numbers if provided.


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.


Judges: A panel of 3 judges should be in place for the class made up of one Senior National or above, one National or above and one member of the SJI judge’s panel.


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. In the event of a tie for first place at a round of the New Heights Champions Series points will be awarded for first place i.e. 10 points to each rider. The league table will be based on leading rider/horse combination. If there is a tie for the overall winner of the New Heights Champions Series, the highest placed rider on the final day will be the winner. It is advised that prize money for the New Heights Champions Series is not paid out until at least 14 days after the show.
























Prize Money €3,000 €1,700 €1,100 €700 €533 €356 €296 €197 €131 €87







National Champion: National Champion will be decided on a horse/ rider combination based on all 10 legs.

Points above will be allocated for the four legs selected by the RDS for the Individual invitations (The Meadows EC, Portmore EC, National Balmoral & Tattersalls). The remaining 6 legs will receive points and half. Prize Money:

Minimum €9,000 per leg

Overall Prize Fund for Winning athlete combination: 1st Place: €2,000, Runner Up €1,000.

Rider must be present on the day of the Final to receive

Breeders Prize Fund for overall top Irish Bred Horses of series: 1st: €2,500, 2nd: €1,500, 3rd: €1,000

Grooms Prize: €150 for the winning groom at each leg.

Owners Prize: A prize will be presented to the winning owner of each leg

Young Rider: €100 Voucher for the top placed Young Rider at each leg

Please note: Showjumping Ireland have the right to alter these rules through the season


Individual Invitations – CSIO5* / CSIYH1* Dublin 2019 The top two rider and horse combinations in three of the following four ‘New Heights Champions Series’ shows - The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Portmore Equestrian Centre, National Balmoral and Tattersalls will be invited by the Organising Committee to compete as Irish Individual riders at the Dublin Horse Show. Riders may compete with two horses of their choice in the CSIO5* competitions. Riders may bring an additional horse to compete in the Puissance only. The top two riders (based on rider and horse combination) will be invited to compete as individual riders in the CSIO5* competitions. Should one, or both, of the riders in the top two be unable to take up their place, an invitation may be extended to the third highest ranked rider, should that rider be unable to accept the invitation, the invitation(s) will be added to those issued as per ‘b’ above. In the event of an equality of points the rider with the best result