The Central Prefix Register (CPR), which enables breeders to register a unique prefix or suffix, is introducing a series of performance awards.

For the next three years, awards of £200 will go to the owner and breeder of the highest-scoring horse with a CPR-registered prefix or suffix in the SEIB/British Breeding Young Horse Evaluations and at the in-hand championships of the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding Futurity Scheme.

Awards of £150 will go to the owner and breeder of the highest-placed CPR animal in a rare breed pony performance scheme (a Dales in 2005), a rare breed horse performance scheme (Hackney in 2005) and a non-rare breed studbook (palomino in 2005). The awards will go to other breeds in 2006 and 2007.

CPR chairman Pat Campbell said: “Many of our 30,000 prefixes are now of international renown. We felt we should celebrate this through the award scheme.”

For more information contact Gina Dent (tel: 01747 850235).

New base for Kings Composer

The Thoroughbred stallion Kings Composer will stand for the rest of the season at Twemlows Hall Stud. The son of Sousa out of a Kinglet mare has proved extremely popular when standing with his owners at Dalcotes Stud in Cornwall. He has sired winners in every discipline, including the winning hunter foal at Royal Cornwall for six consecutive years.

Kings Composer, winner of the SHB (GB) Macdonald Buchanan Trophy for the champion Thoroughbred in 2001, excelled in competition as a show jumper, finishing second in the grade C championship at Royal Cornwall. His progeny is now showing great talent for eventing, including Mary King’s ride, Kings Competition, who qualified for HOYS as a show horse. For more information (tel: 01948 888295).

Icon sets off in style

Suzanne Keevil’s home-bred stallion Icon is certainly proving his worth as a performer. The palomino Lusitano/Arab, who gained a grade one pass in his NaStA performance test last year, began this season with a win in a British Eventing jumping and style competition on his first outing.

Icon, who is competed by Suzanne’s sister-in-law Charlotte Keevil, followed this up with fifth place in a BE novice section at Somerley Park and then won a novice at Stockland Lovell. His biggest test to date was the two-day novice at Chepstow, which he won on his dressage score.

Icon has also managed to fit in some show jumping and won a BSJA discovery class last month. He will stand this season by AI through West Kington Stud.

Trakehners take top honours

Trakehners led the way in the loose jumping at the East of England Show, when Nicola Nash’s Romantic Ranger headed the two-year-olds and Woodcroft Stud’s Woodcroft Frazer topped the three-year-old line. Both colts were produced by Tim Harris from the Woodcroft Stud, who later collected the championship and reserve rosettes.

Masterpiece makes a winning return

After being unshown for almost a year, Wendy Bartlett’s 14-year-old coloured stallion Masterpiece enjoyed a day out at Royal Cornwall, where he won the coloured riding horse class and championship.

Masterpiece, by Miley out of a grade B show jumping mare by Master Spiritus, is full-brother to the dressage horse Masterplan.

He has competed successfully in showing and jumping, but his outings have been limited due to his stud duties at Willesley Equine Clinic in Gloucestershire. His progeny — coloured and plain — is winning in every discipline.

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