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The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts
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Jun 26, 11

bookshelves: read-in-2011
Read from June 24 to 26, 2011

Snowman, the Horse that Inspired a Nation is the subtitle of this book but it doesn't tell the whole story. This is also a book about Harry de Leyer, an immigrant from Holland, who arrived in the United States with his wife, $160, and the dream of a better life than was possible in the Nazi occupied country he left. Harry's story is every bit as inspiring as that of Snowman.

The horse show scenes became just a little bit repetitive in telling the champion's tale but then horse shows are for all intents one the same as another with the main exception being which horse will prevail on any given day. I still delighted in reading each and every description of Snowman's outings and especially of the events where Snowman captured the best in show awards.

Harry and Snowman both worked hard to achieve their victories and their place in life. This book should rank right up there with all the other great horse stories like Black Beauty and Seabiscuit. Most people love to root for the underdog and cheering for the $80 plow horse who was rescued from the rendering truck will be an entertaining read for horse lovers and the uninformed, like me.
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