"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
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.
Kiger Mountain Mustang...beautiful !! No other horse in America is quite like the Kiger Mustang found on Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon. Most wild horses are of mixed influence and characteristics. while the Kiger Mustangs possess many characteristics of the original Spanish Mustang.
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…
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.
This horse broke his leg during a race. As he was not going to compete anymore his owner decided to send him to slaughter. Fortunately an animal sanctuary rescued him, giving him the opportunity to live in a place where he is not valued in terms of profit. Now he has a home where he is respected. Please support animal sanctuaries.