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The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation


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ISBN13: 9781441786456
ISBN10: 1441786457
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Reminiscent of the inspiring, against-the-odds success story that made Seabiscuit a bestseller, ''The Eighty-Dollar Champion'' tells the dramatic odyssey of a horse called Snowman that, saved from the slaughterhouse, went on to become America's leading show jumper, winning first prize at Madison Square Garden. Set in the mid- to late 1950s, this book captures the can--do spirit of a Cold War immigrant who believed--and triumphed.

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Denise Morland, October 31, 2011 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
The Eighty-Dollar champion tells the extraordinary story of Snowman, the most unlikely champion jumping horse you could possibly imagine. Harry de Leyer, a poor, but determined Dutch immigrant, finds him at an auction being loaded onto the slaughter truck. He looks like he could be a reliable and steady lesson horse at Harry's riding school, so Harry takes a chance and buys him. He does turn into a quiet, dependable riding horse and for a year or more that's what Harry thinks he is. Then Harry sells him and Snowman begins jumping out of his pasture to return to Harry, over increasingly higher fences and once with a tire tied to his foot. Harry realizes there is something more to Snowman, but figuring out how to bring it out turns into an adventure.

A heartwarming read for all the animal lovers out there, The Eighty-Dollar Champion is a perfect holiday season read. Its undemanding of the reader, just sit back and feel -good, inspired, and bask in the wildly fulfilled dreams of Harry de Leyer and Snowman. Don't expect too much depth, the characters are one-dimensional, good as good can be, and there are no surprises in the story. Snowman steals the show with his quirky personality and unexpectedly mischievous behavior. This is where Elizabeth Letts really shines, in portraying Snowman as a humble plow horse who was patiently waiting to show the world what he could do.

I listened to the audio version of this book narrated by Bronson Pinchot. His slow, steady reading set the tone for the book, matching Snowman's deceptively calm demeanor.
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Letts, Elizabeth
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