Anyone not know Snowman's story? An Amish country, PA, plowhorse was on a van to the slaughterhouse after failing to sell at a cheap horse auction. Harry de Leyer, there to pick up a hack for student lessons, arrived late; missing the sale. Noticing the 8 year old gray, Harry bought him for $80. Snowman was a lesson horse until Harry saw he could jump and started training. Two years from a plow - and death - Snowman was in Madison Square Garden and won the 1958 open show jumping Triple Crown.
1949-1974 Snowman ♥ an older grey plow horse, was rescued off of a slaughter bound trailer by Harry DeLeyer and was instantly recognized as the most bombproof, kindest, and sweetest beginner horse DeLeyer, a life long horse lover/rider/trainer, had ever seen. Little did he know, Snowman would go on to be an unexpected jumping champion who would go on to win the National Horse Show against million dollar horses, imported from around the world.
Snowman with his owner/rider Harry de Leyer -- the subject of the most excellent book "Eighty Dollar Champion" by Elizabeth Letts. I read this book earlier this year and have another spectacular horse added to my never end list of amazing horses. If you are a horse lover as I am, you MUST read this rags to fame story. Nicole G