• 21 April 2023, 14:42

Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has opened the 2023 HSI Studbook Series for Show Jumping taking place in regions nationwide from May to July. This HSI Studbook Series is supported with a total prize fund of €95,000 by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM) under National Breeding Services.

Dates listed below, with all entries handled through SJI live:

Date Venue
1st May Galway Equestrian Centre, Athenry1
6th – 7th May Barnadown Show jumping, Wexford
19th – 20th May Cavan Equestrian Centre, Cavan
2nd – 3rd June Mullingar International, Westmeath
17th – 18th June Cork Summer Show, Cork
7th– 8th July National Balmoral Championships, Down2
18th – 19th July Tattersalls (Final), Meath

The 2023 series follows a successful series in 2022 which was open to all DAFM-approved studbooks. In 2023 this criterion remains but incorporates all horses documented as Irish-bred in any studbook passport. Foreign-bred mares and stallions are eligible to compete following classification in a DAFM-approved studbook. For all terms conditions and eligibilities, please CLICK HERE.

Brendan Murphy and Shirsheen Calensky won the six-year-old HSI Studbook Series last year

The Studbook Series represents an opportune production series for young horses targeted toward a career in show jumping and participation for Irish studbooks in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) Young Horse Jumping Championships at Lanaken. This success has directed many of the changes to course format for 2023, for example the introduction of a schooling, and later, competition open water fence. The Galway qualifier/final class is a one-day event to facilitate other events within the SJI calendar.

In this series riders, breeders and owners will be rewarded for the breeding and production decisions through several class and league-based prizes. There will be a total prize fund of €95,000 for the series, an increase on the 2022 fund. Breeders’ prizes will be awarded for leading performance in each class and overall league results. A new prize for 2023 includes recognition and support for leading young riders in the form of league prizes.

1 Galway will be a one-day Qualifier/final class to facilitate the SJI calendar 5 &6 Y/O one round (Article 238.1.1).
7Y/O: two-phase class with the second round against the clock (Article 274/ 5.3).
2 Subject to DAERA approval