A new show jumping series which will be pivotal in assessing riders and horses for international competitions will be launched in 2009.

The series will carry a total of £60,000 prize-money and will be funded by the British Show Jumping Association Business Partnership and their county show venues. The 1.50m eight class series will be run on a league table points system and will conclude at Royal Berkshire in September.

The league table will carry a bonus of £45,000 worth of rider ranking points with £10,000 of those going to the winner. Ranking points will be awarded in a sliding scale down to 8th place alongside the competition cash prizes.

“It’s superb we have been able to introduce a series at this level that meet our objectives for assessing horse and rider, and is a great stepping stone for those capable of progressing to four and five star Nation’s cup competitions,” said newly appointed chairman of the international committee Clare Whitaker.

“This is a fantastic series made possible by the BSJA Business Partnership, which was formed with a view to bring like-minded businesses together through the sport to assist in delivery of medals for Great Britain” said the BSJA spokesman Maria Clayton.

The series will run at Devon County, Royal Highland, South of England, Great Yorkshire, Royal Norfolk, New Forest, Pembroke and Royal Berkshire.