Below is an exemption from Dr. Tom Reed's News Letter, January 2007:
Irish International Eventing Rider Purchases 50% of Ziggy Marley M2S
Irish international eventing rider Katie O'Sullivan has purchased from Morningside Stud 50% of a very talented eventing prospect.
O'Sullivan, from Cloughjordan in County Tipperary, has been looking for a youngster that has the potential for top sport and she believes he has been found in the 2003 KWPN chestnut gelding Ziggy Marley M2S (by Roven xx out of Kalista by Burggraaf).
"Ziggy Marley M2S is a very athletic horse," said O'Sullivan, "with the movement, jumping technique and scope required for upper-level eventing. His sire is the thoroughbred Roven -- a successful 1.50 m. showjumper that stands in the Netherlands -- and his dam Kalista, who competed in dressage as a young mare, has already produced an approved stallion and 1.40 m. showjumper. The damline has produced both showjumpers and dressage horses."
"I think Morningside Stud is breeding the type of horse that will become successful upper-level eventers," said O'Sullivan, "and I'm delighted to have purchased half of this horse and to own him in partnership with Tom Reed."
Ziggy Marley M2S was born in County Clare and Tom Reed, the owner of Morningside Stud, breeds horses for all three Olympic disciplines of showjumping, eventing, and dressage.
Up until 2011 Ziggy has been trained by Irish team rider Katie O'Sullivan, who has competed him successfully at pre-novice level. Ziggy began his eventing career in 2008 in the Future Event Horse League where he was placed 5th and 6th in the qualifiers and earned a spot in the Final (he was not sent to the Finals though).
I wish to thank Tom Reed from Morningside Stud for putting this amazing horse at my disposal - and I will do my utmost to live up to the trust that Tom has shown me.
Ziggy is an amazing horse, and with my current techniques and training methods that I have learned through my stays in Ireland, Portugal and Germany I'm confident that we can go all the way to the top !