"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 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
Not only was Snowman a grand champion, he was also a kids' horse! I highly recommend the “The Eighty-Dollar Champion,” a darling true story about a slaughter bound horse who became a national show jumping champion in fairytale style.
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…
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