Select the search type
  • Site
  • Web


New Heights Champions Series

The New Height Champions Series will be replacing the long standing Premier Series. It will move to regenerate the sport in 2017 and broaden the appeal of Show Jumping to the general public, media, sponsors and tourists from abroad interested in equestrian sports. 

The New Heights Champions Series will be held at ten locations throughout the year, boasting an overall prize fund of €110,000. 

We are delighted to have TRM & Horseware sponsoring this competition. 

Click here for an updated leaderboard 




New Heights Champions Series 2017

 DateShowStart List
1 23-AprHorseware Louth County Show. TRM/Horseware New Heights Champions Series GP
2 28-MayBallinasloe New Heights Champions Series & Grand Prix Show 1.50m TRM/Horseware NHCS
3 18-JunGalway County Show TRM/Horseware New Heights Champions Series GP
4 01-JulOmagh Show TRM Horseware New Heights Champions Series GP
5 09-JulCork Summer Show New Heights Champions Series TRM/Horseware Premier
6 18-JulNational Balmoral Championships 26. New Heights Championship Series
7 23-JulTattersalls Ward Union Summer Show 14. 1.50 Grand Prix (Art. 273.2.2 /
8 20-AugThe Meadows Equestrian Centre Summer Championships TRM/Horseware New Heights Champions Series
9 02-SepBarnadown Showjumping - Irish Breeders Classic Show 1.50M TRM HorseWare New Heights C'ships Series


23rd April Louth County Show
28th May Ballinasloe Show
5th June Mullingar Show
18th June Galway County
1st July Omagh Show
9th July Cork Show
18th July Balmoral Show
23rd July Tattersalls Show
20th August The Meadows
31st August - 3rd September Irish Breeders Classic (FINAL)



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.

Where New Heights CHAMPIONS Series points are awarded to the GP at International CSI Shows, international rules will be adhered to.


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 two horses.

Limited to horses registered in a Studbook (any country of origin) with Sire and Dam recorded on their passport

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.

Under Article 292N.1.7, shows may only charge a non-refundable fee in advance of show for entries, such fee is a one off fee of €10 per animal per class except for National GP, Premier Series, Spring & Autumn GP and National Pony & Young Rider  Championships where full entry fee must be paid. Therefore, full entry will be required for the New Heights CHAMPIONS Series.

Entry fees- to be capped at €125 for the Grand Prix and capped at €50 for the National GP or a Global Entry fee of €150.

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.

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 athlete 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

The winner of the New Heights CHAMPIONS Series will be crowned National Champion.

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/points will be awarded as follows: 





















































Breeders Prize for Top Irish Bred Horse: 1st Place: €3,000, 2nd Place: €2,000, 3rd Place: €1,000

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

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