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


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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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Letts, Elizabeth
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Horses - Riding
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Sports and Fitness-Sports General
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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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