The Irish Horse Board (IHB) has put up a €10,000 prize-fund for each qualifier for this year’s five, six/seven-year-old show jumping championships, and the Cavan final in September.

The series, run on a league system, kicks off at Louth County show on 28-29 April. It is open to Irish Sport Horse, Registered Irish Draught and Irish Draught horses registered with the IHB by a stallion approved in the main studbook with sire and dam documented on the passport.

The IHB has also increased the breeders’ prizes for each qualifier, from €250 per category to €400 per category.

“The series works on a points accumulator, and although last year’s final was by invitation, we are still working out whether the final at Cavan this year should be open,” said IHB marketing and promotions manager, Laura Whelan.

The qualifiers take place at: Punchestown (17-20 May), Mullingar (2-4 June), Millstreet (9-10 June, Galway County (16-17 June), Ballina (6-8 July), Tattersalls (21-22 July), Limerick (25-26 August) with the final at Cavan (31 August-2 September).