I read the book “The Eighty-dollar Champion: Snowman, The horse That Inspired A Nation” and was amazed by the awesome relationship between man and his horse. Harry de Leyer used him as a nice lesson horse for a girls’ boarding school in Long Island, New York. Harry would purchase some nice horses, but not too expensive, to use for lesson horses during the school year and resell them to good homes at the end of the year. He sold Snowman only to find that Snowman only wanted one rider, by the horse returning home after jumping high fences to obtain his goal to arrive home.
This is a rags-to-riches story of an $80 plow horse who was destined for slaughter, rescued by Harry, being late to the auction, and getting the last truck with rejected horses. Harry looked into the eyes of this plow horse who had that special look in his big brown eyes that magically won over Harry’s heart to buy this poor, rejected plow horse.