Dressage competitors and supporters who have flooded Wellington for the winter show season are invited to take a break from training and competing to celebrate with ShowChic on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
The fashionable dressage boutique will be holding its monthly Shop Talk event, and this month will feature grand prix rider and bestselling author Tami Hoag. The Shop Talk, held on Hoag’s birthday, will serve as a birthday party, as well as an educational event and sneak-peek into Hoag’s newest book.
Hoag is as dedicated to riding as she is to writing. The dressage competitor has had a love for both activities since she was a child, and wrote her first self-published book — Black Pony — at the age of 9. Since then, Hoag has enjoyed numerous rides in the grand prix ring, as well as incredible success for her novels.
Hoag has written more than 35 books, including fifteen New York Times bestsellers. Her newest book, the much-anticipated Cold, Cold Heart, will be placed on the market this month.
At the January Shop Talk at ShowChic’s boutique in Wellington, Hoag will give attendees an insider’s look at this new book, with an entertaining twist. Shop Talk attendees are invited to bring gag-gifts for the birthday girl. The person who brings the most humorous gift will receive a free signed copy of Cold, Cold Heart.
After the Shop Talk discussion with Hoag, the dressage rider/author will host a book signing. As usual, there will be plenty of time to socialize with fellow dressage riders and browse through ShowChic’s unique merchandise and popular riding apparel at the close of the event.
ShowChic’s Shop Talks have already been a big hit in Wellington this winter. The December Shop Talk, featuring the dressage judging duo Bill Warren and Bill McMullin, was standing room only. Future Shop Talks will include notable guest speakers such as Canadian Olympian Ashley Holzer and Parelli Natural Horsemanship’s founders Pat and Linda Parelli.
Anyone who can’t make the Jan. 20 event can find ShowChic’s mobile boutique — full of top products from brands like Pikeur, Cavallo, Arista, Kentucky, Equiline and Eurostar — at the show grounds at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
For more information about ShowChic and Shop Talks, visit www.showchicdressage.com or call (561) 319-2121.
ABOVE: Tami Hoag photo by Jan Cobb.