The Eighty-Dollar Champion
Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation
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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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Just a wonderful positive powerful story!!
I just loved this story. I read an article in USA Today about the book and loved the article. The book was entertaining and filled with knowledge about that period in time when things were simple and pure. I loved the detail of the horse lifestyle and the love of Harry for these beautiful and intelligent animals. I fell in love with Snowman and the love Harry and his family had for the horse.
A very good book!!
A bit sentimental; a bit heavy-handed. But a lovely story, and worth the read.
The Eighty Dollar Champion
Loved this true story! Anyone who loves horses, sporting or otherwise, will be moved by this book. The communication between Harry and Snowman is what any true lover of the horse wants for their selves. Snowman was an amazing horse rescued from death by a man who intuitively knew, by looking at him, there was much more to him then met his eye. Man was he right! Well worth reading, tears, laughs and all.