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National Course Designers


All course designers apart from Senior National level and above must attend a seminar every 2 years to remain on the list. Senior National and above must attend every 3 years.

Seminars are open to all levels of Course Designers and people wishing to become assistant course designers.



Autumn Seminars


Connaught Tuesday 17th October - Claremorris Equestrian Centre

Ulster - Monday 23rd October - Portmore Equestrian Centre

Munster - Monday 13th November - Maryville Stables

Leinster - Monday 20th November - Mullingar Equestrian Centre


  • The above seminars will all commence at 7pm
  • The cost will be €15 for SJI members and €20 for non members
  • Paul Duffy, Candidate International course designer, will be hosting the seminars.
  • 1 CPD point will be awarded 

For any further details please contact your regional representative. Click here to find your regional rep.


Please note that anyone who wishes to join the panel as an Assistant Course Designer must have attended a seminar within the 2 previous years and be an active SJI member.  Please apply in writing to the Showjumping Ireland office ( if you wish to join the panel  as an Assistant.


To search for registered Course Designers, click here.  To use the slightly more advanced search screen for Course Designers, please click here.


Upgrading Information

National Course Designers wishing to be upgraded to Senior National status are not required to sit written exams. However this category of National Course Designer is required to submit their C.V. to the office, marked for the attention of Rachel Kearns in order to be independently assessed by the Course Designer’s Committee.

Senior National and Candidate International Course Designers who wish their name to be put forward in order to attend an International Seminar later in the year for the purposes of being upgraded should apply in writing to Rachel Kearns in the ShowjumpingIreland office.

Course Designers wishing to upgrade must submit their Log book with their application in order to sit the exams. Course Designers must bring their Log Book to any Seminar they attend to be stamped by a member of the Course Designers Committee.

Course Designers of Regional and National level who wish to gain experience and upgrade their status may apply for financial assistance towards their travel costs to attend relevant shows in order to work under more experienced Course Designers at venues either inside or outside their region. Those wishing to avail of this financial assistance may apply to the ShowjumpingIreland office. A maximum of €75 per show and 2 claims per year. It should be noted this form must be signed by the Senior Course Designer and the Senior Judge officiating on the day. Download the form here.

Venue Inspection
There will be Venue Inspection spot checks throughout the year.

Search for a Course Designer

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ConnaughtCandidate InternationalPaul Duffy JnrKillard Stud, Waterview, Turloughmore,
ConnaughtCandidate InternationalCharles HanleyClaremorris Horse Breeding Centre, Galway Road, ClaremorrisMayo094
ConnaughtSenior NationalBrendan DuffyRockwood, Claregalway, Galway091 798789086
ConnaughtSenior NationalTommy GibbonsRooskey, Mayfield, Claremorris, Mayo094- 93 72698087
ConnaughtSenior NationalCormac HanleyLisduff, Galway Rd, Claremorris, ClaremorrisMayo094-9377570087
ConnaughtSenior NationalRichard KerinsTubberbride, Collooney, Sligo071-9167163086
ConnaughtNationalMark Duffykrystle cottage, rockwood, claregalway,
ConnaughtNationalParaic GeraghtySt Michael's Square, Ballinasloe,
ConnaughtNationalFrancis KerinsTubberbride, Collooney, Sligo0719167163086
ConnaughtRegionalNoel BurkeBallynagran Stables, Craughwell, Galway091 846421087
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Course Designers Exam scheduled for Monday the 27th of November in the SJI office. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday the 22nd of November.

Theory exams for Assistant to Regional and Regional to National status are held once a year in the ShowjumpingIreland office.

Course Designers must apply in writing to the office ( if they wish to take the exam and have an up to date log book which must be sent to the office before the date of exams.

Exam Pointers 

  • Duration is 3 hours – recommended time allowed for questions is 2.15 hours and Course Plan time allowed is 45 minutes.
  • Course Plan must be drawn to scale.
  • Rule Books are allowed
  • Course Designers Guide and Distance Cards are not allowed
  • Course Plan is to include full details of class specified including jump off if required.