After a rollercoaster year in 2007, marked by success in the show ring and the tragic loss of her grand prix partner, Coco Chanel, Tami Hoag is back up to warp speed with big plans unfolding in 2008. Here’s the condensed version of Tami’s tale!
Last fall Tami spent three months in Germany, training with Michael Klimke and her two new boys: her super Swedish grand prix horse, Bacchus de Light, and Rush Hour, her extravagant chestnut gelding soon to be turning heads in the show ring. Tami and the boys were joined by two of their favorite girls in Europe, too. Tami’s American coach, Betsy Steiner and Tami’s ten-year-old Hanoverian mare, Fabia, also made the training trek to Europe.
Susan J Stickle Photo:Tami Hoag and Michael Klimke
Tami debuted Bacchus in late February at the Zada Florida Dressage Classic. And while the partnership was not in perfect sync, it was clear to the spectators and judges alike that this is going to be a formidable pair in the near future. The plan to debut Rush Hour in the Prix St. Georges and the Intermediaire levels at the Palm Beach Derby was unfortunately derailed by a minor accident that left Tami with a sprained hand just days before the show. She was forced to scratch, but was still at the show to cheer on her peers and do what could only be classified as some “grand prix” level shopping!
Next stop on the Tami tour was the Challenge of the America’s where Betsy Steiner rode Tami’s Fabia for the USA team gold. Tami was still sidelined while her hand healed but she is now back riding and has her sights set on Zada WEF CDI – even if she has to ride the grand prix single-handedly!
The week prior to the Zada CDI was a typical jam-packed Tami week. She had Michael Klimke in from Germany for training, spoke at an author’s luncheon for the Brandeis University alumnae and held a second book signing at the grand opening of the new Sho Clothes Sho Room. The week ended with a photo shoot for Dressage Today, and that same evening, she and Michael, and coach, Betsy Steiner served as judges for the Players Club’s Dressage Under the Stars Grand Prix Exhibition Competition.
With the season winding down, Tami plans to pack up the herd in April and head back home to California with her sights set on the west coast dressage circuit shows and possibly the USEF National Championships, if the stars align. But in the meantime, there is no doubt where Tami will be the first weekend in May –she’ll be ringside at the “Run for the Roses.”
During the Hong Kong Nights USEF Fund Raiser Tami was the high bidder on one of the outstanding VIP Kentucky Derby Weekend packages, donated by Moxie. The trip includes private tours of stud farms, lunch in the Sky Terrace with the Derby Chairman and watching the race ringside. You can “bet” she’s going to have a great time sipping Mint Juleps and picking a winner at the race! And all for the benefit of the United States Equestrian Team as the team prepares for the upcoming Olympic Games.
So for busy Tami Hoag, life represents art. Like in her suspense novels, in Tami’s life there is never a dull moment!