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

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


A brilliant true story. Rags to riches of the equine style. ALSO AVAILABLE ON AUDIO CD.
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ISBN: 9780345521095Format: PaperbackPages: 336 pagesCountry of Origin: USAAuthor: Letts, ElizabethPublisher: ballantine BooksAge Group: General AdultSize: 15 x 23 cms
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I read this book in one sitting; enjoying it so much I just couldn't put it down. It's the story of two equestrian underdogs .... one an immigrant family escaping from Nazi occupied Holland, the other an unwanted draught horse, rescued from the meat works.

Of course I cried all the way through it, but that pretty much goes without saying for horse stories doesn't it! I think I especially liked this story because it reminds all of us what great "levellers" horses truly are. Snowman and Harry weren't born to be champions, but they never stopped believing they could make it with the worlds best, and so they did.

Fancy gear, high price tags and an endless amount of expert trainers meant nothing to them ... they both just got on with the job at hand taking the various ups and downs along the way, all in their stride.

It's set in the world of showjumping, but it's really a feel-good story for all horse people. If you're a fan of true stories, then this inspirational books is not to be missed.

Jody xxxxx

Product Overview

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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