World Champion Stallion Hotroddin Zippo Passes Away At Age 27
It is with great sadness that we are announcing the passing of Hotroddin Zippo, affectionately known as “Hollywood”. This great stallion won at the World Show, Congress, NSBA and many more big wins. Not only did he have an impressive career, so did his babies.
Remembering Hotroddin Zippo
Olivia Hoecker, his owner posted the news today. She wrote, “HOT RODDIN ZIPPO
3/2/1992 to 6/25/2019
It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Hotroddin Zippo. Hollywood was a one of a kind stallion that blessed everyone with his talent, beauty, and grace, in and out of the show arena. His sweet, kind, and gentle nature set him apart from all other stallions and just his presence changed Pine Meadow Quarter Horses in a way that I could have never thought possible.
In 2003, Amy Gumz brought it to my attention that this successful once in a lifetime stallion was available to be purchased. I knew immediately that he would be the perfect fit at my farm and jumped at the chance to own him. This opportunity forged my breeding program and afforded me the opportunity to breed and produce World and Congress Champions. I want to sincerely thank Sonja Mickelsen for the opportunity to own Hollywood. He changed my life.
Hollywood was a World & Congress Champion as well as a World & Congress Champion sire. He was the 1994 AQHA Two Year Old Snaffle Bit Western Champion. In 1997, he was the AQHA Maturity Western Pleasure Congress Champion, unanimously winning under all four judges. Hollywood received countless circuit championships and earned points almost every time he stepped into the show arena. Outside of his show career, he was the sire of top show horses, such as: Congress Champion Sweet Movin Hotrod and AQHA World Champion, HRZ Make Mine Gold and other notable offspring such as HRZ Elegant and Blue, HRZ First Dance, Hotroddin Zippo Babe, Miss Hotroddin Pine, HRZ Hez Invited to name a few.
When I told Sonja that Hollywood had passed, she told me her family loved him so much and will always remember him going around the ring with Jody Galyean and Cleve Wells. He was a gilft from heaven to our family.
GOODBYE MY FRIEND, we shall meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.”
I grew up absolutely idolizing him and when I finally got a chance to ride one of his babies I was even more impressed. The gelding I rode was quiet enough to pack a kid around and talented enough to win all day long. I’ll never forget naturally collected he was, hunter/jumper trainers used to come up to me and ask me how I got him to drive so far under and I didn’t have an answer for them. That horse was just a natural. That’s what good sires and good breeding programs produce, horses that do it naturally and enjoy it. Our condolences go out to Olivia Hoecker and everyone who’s lives this great stallion touched. He was a great one and will be missed by so many. Share this on Facebook if you agree!