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The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNovemberthe National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition comes the most unlikely of horses a drab white former plow horse named Snowman and his rider, Harry de Leyer They were the longest of all longshots and their win was the stuff of legend Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a bleak winter afternoon between the slats of a rickety truck bound for the slaughterhouse He recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten up horse and bought him for eighty dollars On Harry s modest farm on Long Island, the horse thrived But the recent Dutch immigrant and his growing family needed money, and Harry was always on the lookout for the perfect thoroughbred to train for the show jumping circuit so he reluctantly sold Snowman to a farm a few miles down the road But Snowman had other ideas about what Harry needed When he turned up back at Harry s barn, dragging an old tire and a broken fence board, Harry knew that he had misjudged the horse And so he set about teaching this shaggy, easygoing horse how to fly One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo, based on the insight and recollections of the Flying Dutchman himself Their story captured the heart of Cold War era America a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all Elizabeth Letts s message is simple Never give up, even when the obstacles seem sky high There is something extraordinary in all of us


About the Author: Elizabeth Letts

ELIZABETH LETTS is an award winning and bestselling author of both fiction and non fiction The Perfect Horse was the winner of the 2017 PEN USA Award for Research Non fiction and a 1 Wall Street Journal bestseller The Eighty Dollar Champion was a 1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2012 Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation She is also the author of two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and an award winning children s book, The Butter Man She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.



10 thoughts on “The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

  1. Midwest Geek Midwest Geek says:

    There is a great story here, but you won t find it in this book This author is not a good writer what else can I say What a disappointment after all the rave reviews Chapters were repetitive, even using the same sentimental phrases, flashbacks, and allusions time and time again The author really could have benefitted from a strong editor As if


  2. Wendy Wendy says:

    A decent story of a horse who was rescued from a kill pen truck and turned into a champion show jumper Sounds like a great read, but it was unfortunately poorly written While the author obviously did her research, she crammed a lot of unnecessary and irrelevant information in the book My hard cover copy is 280 pages and could easily have been 180 She a


  3. Barb Barb says:

    I was very eager to read this story I thought it was going to be a heart warming story about a Dutch immigrant and his relationship with the horse he rescued from the knacker I should disclose that I am not a horse person but I am an animal lover I recently read Beautiful Jim Key The Lost History of the World s Smartest Horse by Mim Rivas which I loved And I h


  4. M.L. M.L. says:

    On an icy morning in February 1956, Harry De Leyer, a Dutch immigrant with a young family, is hoping to buy a horse at auction, but his car breaks down When he arrives, the only horses left are the kills already loaded onto the truck bound for the slaughter house The horses are skittish and afraid, they know Only the beat up looking gray horse is calm and not taken by


  5. Peg Peg says:

    When I found this book at Costco, I knew I had to buy it Harry de Leyer is an immigrant who, along with his wife Johanna, left Holland after WWII, having survived the Nazi occupation of their homeland They came, as did many others, seeking the opportunity and freedom of the United States Relegated to menial jobs, Harry was eventually able to use his experience and expertise w


  6. Brenda Knight Brenda Knight says:

    I have loved horses my whole life I read mostly westerns or horse stories right through high school I can t believe I never heard about this amazing horse As soon as I read the cover, I knew I HAD to have and read this book I truely enjoyed the whole story I really appreciated all of the photographs in the book also It made me feel as if I knew the characters personally Harry was an


  7. Connie Connie says:

    4.5 stars Harry DeLeyer saw something in the big grey plowhorse and took a chance on him Snowman spent his life repaying that belief and never let the quiet man down Together they chased their dreams and learned to fly together A true story of determination and a lot of heart this book takes you back to a time when horse shows were for the elite.This unlikely pair break into that world and c


  8. Rachel Rachel says:

    This is not just a book, it is a story a true story about a man who picked a horse from a truck bound for the slaughter house, purchased him for eighty dollars in 1956, and went on win the National Horse Show open jumper championship at Madison Square Garden in 1958.The horse, nicknamed Snowman, was an old plow horse big, gray and gentle The man, Harry de Leyer, an immigrant from Holland, began usin


  9. Britta Böhler Britta Böhler says:

    3.5 rounded up.


  10. Tanja Berg Tanja Berg says:

    I knew some of the story of Snowman the plough horse turned champion from before I believe it was a cartoon in some horse magazine I read as a child, and one of those stories with enough substance to be remembered When this book came out, I ordered it immediately Then it just sat there in my shelf, eyeing me accusingly Finally, after several years, I decided to read it since I wasn t getting anywhere with Kate Atki


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