Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has announced that it will continue to offer significant prize money for its 2012 showjumping series.

This year’s Irish Sport Horse Studbook Showjumping Series will have a prize fund of €70,000 ( £58,000).

“Horse Sport Ireland provides excellent prize money and we look forward to another successful year of these classes for young Irish-bred horses,” said Showjumping Ireland chairman Christy Murphy.

The series will run at seven venues across Ireland, with the first leg kicking off at Louth County Show (27-29 April).

There will be €9,500 ( £7,900) in prize money on offer at each of the venues. And on the last leg of the series at the Tatteralls Ward Union Hunt Show in July there will be an additional €3,500 ( £2,900) on offer.

The series will form part of the selection process for the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses, held in Belgium in late September.

HSI’s Alison Corbally said: “The aim of the series [is] to provide a forum whereby talented young Irish sport horses can be produced successfully.”

Larkhill Cruiser and Loughview Lou-Lou – who have been successful in grand prix classes and Nations Cup competitions representing Ireland- both came through the Studbook Series as youngsters.

For more information visit www.horsesportireland.ie