The Eighty-dollar Champion Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation (Paperback)
|Author: Elizabeth Letts|
|One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and against some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, Harry de Leyer and his beaten-up nag Snowman climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captured the heart of Cold War-era America.|
From the Publisher:
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
This real-life chronicle of the quest to capture the most prestigious championship in the world of equestrian show jumping, the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, reads like a fairy tale. In the late 1950s, Harry de Leyer, immigrant from Holland, was getting by on his small farm on Long Island when he spotted a scruffy, bony white horse on a truck going to the slaughterhouse and purchased him for eighty dollars. Though you already know the ending, you'll want to follow these two spirited underdogs every step of the way as, together, they battle seemingly impossible odds-and end up besting the priciest, most well-bred jumpers of 1958 and capturing the hearts of millions of Americans.