Similar to the internationally renowned Global Champions League, the Australian Jumping Teams League (AJTL)
is like nothing ever seen in Australia.
In the inaugural 2019 series, there were four rounds, each with eye popping prize money on offer. The 2019 competition comprised of 10 teams of four elite riders. Prize money was the richest in Australian history, with a total of $480,000 on offer for the series.
Each event was worth $100,000 with $40,000 going to the winning team and prize money going all the way down to eighth place. In the overall competition, $80,000 was split between the top three overall teams.
An exciting element to the competition is that each team must have one rider under 25 years of age, to encourage exposure and training of future professional riders.
With this much prize money on offer, this competition was fierce, with fences at a challenging 1.40-1.45m and 40 of the top riders in the country involved. Leading Australian Jumping figure George Sanna said “I believe the AJTL will be a real game changer in attracting as yet untapped interest and financial sponsorship for our sport.” Amber Fuller, the current Australian Senior Champion said that the AJTL was “the most exciting thing to happen
in Australian Showjumping in decades”.
Run under Article 238.2.1 conditions, each of the three events will form a competition in its own right, with points earnt over the four events accumulating to determine the AJTL champions for 2019. The winners of each event were awarded 20 points, 17 for second, 15 for third, etc all the way down to three points for finishing tenth.
A thrilling part of the inaugural season was that, for the first time in Australian history, top level showjumping was broadcast on free to air television through our partnership with Showmakers Equestrian.