NY Times Best Selling Author, Tami Hoag’s dual life is no secret, but how she manages to successfully juggle both careers may be a mystery in itself. But mystery or not, Hoag is on a winning streak. Take for an example, the last two weeks in March.
To celebrate the release of her new book, “Prior Bad Acts”, Hoag scheduled a book signing night at Wellington’s posh equestrian emporium, Beyond the Barn. But she wouldn’t spend the days leading up to the book signing pondering clever lines to write in the jackets. Instead she and coach, Betsy Steiner (who also signed her book at the Book Signing Night) headed to Orlando Florida to compete in the Heidelberg Cup Dressage competition.
The Heidelberg Cup is a USEF high performance qualifier and Hoag has her sights set on competing at Gladstone in the USEF National Championships. A determined Hoag dominated the Grand Prix at Orlando’s Heidelberg Cup competition. She won the high performance qualifier Grand Prix on Coco Chanel with a score of 66.181%. Then she and Coco went on to win the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 67.500 %. Hoag and her other Grand Prix mount, Feliki took second in the freestyle with a 66.688%. The mares switched places for the Grand Prix Special, where Hoag won first on Feliki and second with Coco! But there was no time to rest on her laurels, as she and Steiner rushed back to be back in Wellington for the book signing at Beyond the Barn.
The book signing evening was a non-stop meet and greet for Hoag, as book fans filled the equestrian emporium to get a signed copy of her new book, Prior Bad Acts. Meanwhile, her previous book, Kill the Messenger, had just hit Number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List, so fans were scooping up copies of it, too. And since the crowd at the Beyond the Barn was predominately a horsy crowd, Hoag’s popular book from a few years ago about the darker side of the Wellington’s horse world, Dark Horse, also sold out that night!
And the very next morning Hoag began competition at the Dressage at Equestrian Estates competition, where she and her mares again proved that they are a Grand Prix force to be reckoned with. Hoag and Coco Chanel again won the Grand Prix Freestyle, this time with a 67.958%, while Hoag and Feliki took the win in the AA Grand Prix class.
With the Florida season wrapped up, Hoag and her horses have headed west to their home in Los Angeles California and begin competing on the California Dressage circuit, starting with the Del Mar National Dressage Show this spring. But having spent another winter in Wellington, the first in five years, Hoag's Dark Horse character, Elena, has come alive again in her head, an inspiration for a sequel, her next book project. And, Tami tells us, she bought a condo here, and will be returning next winter for another season in Florida.
Oh yes, and DressageDaily's JJ. Hathaway now Hoag's official driver, just safely made his way across the USA with her truck and trailer, delivering it just in tome to fly back to West Palm Beach for the Gold Coast Grand Finale this weekend.