2022 Young Performance Championships & Derby




Co- Sponsored by Northern Ireland Horse Board and Horse Sport Ireland



The Northern Ireland Horse Board are pleased to announce the details of the 2022 Northern Ireland Young Performance Horse Championship, sponsored by Northern Ireland Horse Board and Horse Sport Ireland. The Championship has a prize fund of over €2000. Also new for 2022 is the NI Horse Board Derbies


The aim of the Championship is  to identify high class horses bred in Ireland with the potential to become world class performance horses whether that be in Showjumping, Dressage or Eventing, to create a medium for breeders and producers to display their quality young stock and to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the correct type of horse likely to make it at the top level.

Fence heights:

4-Year-Old Horses – 90cms

5-Year-Old Horses- 1m

6 & 7-Year-Old Horses- 1.10m


At the judges discretion competitors will be permitted to give a short flatwork demonstration that will include a gallop. This ‘show’ may take place before of after the jumping phase.

Horses will be assessed for confirmation, overall athleticism and balance.

The judges acting independently will assess each horse’s potential, based on the following criteria:

  • Fluency & Balance
  • Horse’s Attitude
  • Suitability of type for purpose
  • Gallop – to be shown immediately after last fence is jumped
  • Overall impression



Phase Scored out of
1: Flatwork ‘Show’ 20
2: Performance 60
3: Confirmation relating to soundness and future performance 20


These scores will be included in Phase 1, 2, and 3.

The Grand Total will be the horse’s final score and will determine its final placing.

In the event of equality of marks, the jumping mark will take precedence.

Should this still produce an equality of marks, the highest mark attained in the final section will be the deciding factor.


Restricted to ‘Irish Bred’ horses, to be eligible for Horse Sport Ireland Prizemoney, horse must be registered in a studbook recognised by DAFM.  Only animals with named passports identifying sire, dam, dam sire, microchip and breeder may compete.

Horses must exceed 148cms without shoes.

Open to horses foaled in 2015 to 2018.

To be ridden by riders who have attained their 16th birthday by 1st January in the current year.



    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
4-Year-Old Owner €150 €100 €60 €50 €40 €30
Breeder €200 €100
5-Year-Old Owner €150 €100 €60 €50 €40 €30
Breeder €200 €100
6/7 Year – Old Owner €150 €100 €60 €50 €40 €30
Breeder €200 €100


NEW FOR 2022!!!!!!- NIHB Derby 

Competition will take place over show jumps, Cross Country fences and Working hunter fences.





Entry Fee: £20

Prize Fund: 60% sweepstake  (Prizes will be awarded using 1 prize for every 5 starters)



All entries will be managed by the Northern Ireland Horse Board, exhibitors may enter online using the Northern Ireland Horse Board website (www.nihorseboard.org), by postal entry form or by presenting to the NIHB office during opening times.

All online entries will have an electronic invoice sent to them for payment, please ensure you enter a valid email address.

Entries will close 5 days before the event.  This is to facilitate validation of entries and the production of event programmer.


Entry Fees:

Young Performance Horse Classes : £35

Derby Entries: £20


Withdrawals and Refunds

Refunds (50% of entry fee) will be given at the discretion of the organisers and must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. Any withdrawals after this time will forfeit their entry fee.


To enter:

2022 NIHB Performance Championship and Derby

SECTION 1: Class Entry Detail

Select your class using the drop down list
Price: £ 20.00
Price: £ 20.00
Price: £ 20.00

SECTION 2: Rider Details

Entry invoices will be emailed to this address. Entries will not be accepted until payment is received.


If un-named, please write 'Un Named'
Must be DAFM approved to be eligible for HSI Prizemoney (Performance Classes Only)
Required for Performance Classes (for Derby Classes, please enter 'Unknown')
Required for Performance Classes (for Derby Classes, please enter 'Unknown')