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.
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