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    "The Story of Snowman the Cinderella Horse," by Tony Palazzo published in 1962; and "Snowman" by Rutherford Montgomery, published in 1967. In 1969, the National Horse Show publicist invited Snowman back to Madison Square Garden for an official retirement ceremony. In 1974, Snowman was about 26 years old when he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Treatment proved ineffective, he was euthanized, and buried in his favorite corner of his home pasture at Hollandia Farms

    Snowman, the $80 Champion. ...wonderful story of the bond between Harry DeLeyer & this horse he rescued from the meat shop...that Harry later rode to 2 Horse of the Year Jumper Champion ribbons. A MUST READ!! cjp

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    The Story of Snowman, the Cinderella Horse: Tony Palazzo: Books

    mordmardok: “(1949-1974) Snowman, an older grey plow horse, was rescued off a slaughter bound trailer by Harry DeLeyer, a life-long horse lover/rider/trainer. He instantly recognized Snowman to be one of the kindest and sweetest beginner horses he had ever seen. Little did he know that Snowman would become a jumping champion who’d win the National Horse Show against million dollar horses that had been imported from around the world.”

    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.

    A very inspiring story click on the picture and it will take you to the story. Barrel Racer Amberley Snyder..

    Snowman, a plow horse who was rescued from an auction for 80 dollars, went on to become a famous showjumper, and was eventually inducted into the showjumping hall of fame! - One of our favorite horse stories.

    SEABISCUIT (USA). Winner of 33 races from 89 starts with another 16 placings, the unattractive (by thoroughbred standards) horse proved a giant on the racetrack. A grandson of Man o' War, his most famous race was that with the most elite son of Man o' War in WAR ADMIRAL, which he won by four lengths in November 1938 at Pimlico.

    Looooove Snowman and Harry! harry de leyer - Snowman ... No bridle or saddle... Amazing!!

    Snowman. The $80 horse pulled off the slaughter truck at the last possible second, turned into a national showjumping champion.

    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

    Snowman - The eighty dollar champion. Snowman (1949-1974) was a former plow horse, when at 8 years old was on his way to the slaughter house -- purchased by Harry de Leyer for $80 -- Then went on to become a champion in show jumping in the 1950s.

    Jockey Mike Smith shows a little love for his leading lady, the unstoppable Zenyatta, following her win in the 2009 Clement L. Hirsch (G1) race at 1 and 1/16th miles.

    Secretariat the Champion. In my opinion this was the greatest athlete to ever live.

    Secretariat. Perhaps the greatest race horse ever to hit the track.

    Snowman !!

    Man O' War with Will Harbut. . . "The MOSTEST horse!' You can never have too many photos of Man O'War!

    Not only was Snowman a grand champion, he was also a kids' horse!

    If I did not see this on a living horse, I would not have thought it was real. Saving this for an idea for model horse tack...just lovely!