The Eighty-Dollar Champion

Elizabeth Letts' "The Eighty-Dollar Champion" reveals the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of Snowman, a horse destined for slaughter, and Dutch immigrant Harry de Leyer who saved him from this sad fate. Against odds and some of the most expensive Thoroughbreds alive, Snowman and Harry reached the top of the sport of show jumping. Read more...

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Dutch immigrant Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he'd name Snowman on a truck headed for the slaughterhouse. The man saw a certain spark in the eye of the beaten-up horse, bought him for just eighty dollars and took him home to his modest farm on Long Island. There, Harry taught Snowman how to fly. The Eighty-Dollar Champion, written by Elizabeth Letts, reveals the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of this unlikely pair. One show at a time, against all odds and some of the most expensive Thoroughbreds alive, the horse and rider team climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captures the heart of America in the Cold War era-a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams and opportunities to have it all. Snowman and Harry were the longest of all long shots-and their win was the stuff of legend. 338 pages.

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