2011 Select World
by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Rhonda Tippin and A Zhivago won 2-year-old stallions at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show. Journal photo.
She has been showing American Quarter Horses for more than a decade, and she has come close to an AQHA world championship, but at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show, the stars aligned for Rhonda Tippin of Palm Bay, Florida.
Things started falling into line for Rhonda when she found the perfect dance partner in the 2009 chestnut stallion A Zhivago by Kid Coolsified and out of The Coolest Spirit by Coolest.
Rhonda and her husband, Terry, purchased “A-Rod” at the 2010 All-American Quarter Horse Congress from Judy Jordan. The stallion was fresh off a world championship at the 2010 Adequan Select World, where he and Judy took the top prize in yearling stallions.
“I just love studs,” Rhonda explained. “My husband and I both have been showing (for a while) and we just migrate to the studs all the time.”
In 2008, Rhonda led Dominant Cheers to the reserve world championship in aged stallions at the AQHA World Championship Show.
Just like any competitor at an AQHA world show, Rhonda has had her eye on a gold trophy. But this year, the stakes were even higher.
“I really wanted to win this because I wanted to dedicate this to my father,” she said, teary-eyed. “He’s been diagnosed with lung cancer – I just wanted to win it for him. This might be the last show that he gets to see.”
Even though her win in 2-year-old stallions is bittersweet, Rhonda looks forward to sharing her run, on video, with her father.