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

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ISBN13: 9780345521095
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November 1958: the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

 

Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a bleak winter afternoon between the slats of a rickety truck bound for the slaughterhouse. He recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up horse and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, the horse thrived. But the recent Dutch immigrant and his growing family needed money, and Harry was always on the lookout for the perfect thoroughbred to train for the show-jumping circuit—so he reluctantly sold Snowman to a farm a few miles down the road.

 

But Snowman had other ideas about what Harry needed. When he turned up back at Harry’s barn, dragging an old tire and a broken fence board, Harry knew that he had misjudged the horse. And so he set about teaching this shaggy, easygoing horse how to fly. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping.

 

Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo, based on the insight and recollections of “the Flying Dutchman” himself. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. Elizabeth Letts’s message is simple: Never give up, even when the obstacles seem sky-high. There is something extraordinary in all of us.

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Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly. Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

About the Author

Elizabeth Letts is the award-winning author of two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and one children’s book, The Butter Man. Quality of Care was a Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Books-A-Million Book Club selection. An equestrian from childhood, Letts represented California as a junior equestrian, and was runner-up in the California Horse and Rider of the Year competition. She currently lives with her husband and four children in Baltimore, Maryland.

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njcur, January 16, 2013 (view all comments by njcur)
I won this as a First Reads book. I feel very lucky to have won. It is a wonderful book of loyalty, love and working together to achieve a dream. The background information was enlightening and didn't detract from the tale. I loved the suspense she built at the shows. The story of this family working together is touching. There were some great laughs and the relationship between man and horse brought tears to my eyes. This will be a terrific gift for all the horse lovers in your life. I'm going to look and see what else I can find by this author.
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Virginia Cook, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Virginia Cook)
What a GREAT book! This is a true story of a plow horse that was loaded onto the truck that was headed to the slaughter house but went on to win the Championship in the jumper category at the national horse show.
He was purchased by a Dutch emigrant for his students to use at the private school where he was the riding teacher.
When school ended for the year, He sold Snowman to a Dr. who lived several miles away. Several days later, Snowman showed up back "home". Harry called the new owner, who came to get Snowman and take him back. A few weeks later, the horse was back!!! He had jumped fences with a weight tied to his leg!
Harry knew that Snowman was his horse and from then on, vowed he would keep him always.
The horse was a gentle "old" soul with a big heart. Snowy loved the children, was extremely patient and very smart. He was a horse with a dog's heart & mentality.
A great read. A true story. Funny. Moving.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345521095
Author:
Letts, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Horses - Riding
Subject:
Pets-Horses Miscellaneous Activities
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Subject:
Horses
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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38 PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.14 x 0.77 in 0.6 lb

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Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly. Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

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