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Dean Hoffman brought his love for horses and his passion for writing to his career in equine journalism before starting at the Race Track Industry Program in January, 2014.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Hoffman worked at breeding farms in the Bluegrass of Kentucky and for a racing stable while in high school and college. He was graduated cum laude from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
He worked in public relations and advertising agencies in varying capacities before being named Executive Editor of Hoof Beats magazine. He held that position for almost 25 years, longer than any other editor since the magazine was established in 1933.
In 2007, he was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame’s Communicator’s Corner. Two years earlier, he was awarded Harness Tracks of America’s Stanley F. Bergstein Messenger Award for contributions to the literature of harness racing. He was president of American Horse Publications and served on its board for 15 years.
He has visited tracks across the United States and Canada and has also seen racing in 11 foreign nations from Australia to Russia. For seven years, Hoffman worked with the Swedish travel firm Equi Tours in bringing Americans to the Prix d’Amerique trotting race in Paris.
He is the author of five books on harness racing, including one on the Hambletonian, America’s greatest trotting classic, and histories of such prominent nurseries as Hanover Shoe Farms, Castleton Farm, and Yankeeland Farm.