Harry & Snowman

Harry & Snowman

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Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit.


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Aug 03, 2017

A heartfelt family film about the friendship between the Secretariat of jumper class show horse Snowman and its owner, for everyone who has family pets, particularly horses. Those old videos from WWII in Netherlanders and the 1950s were a nice bonus. Remarkable!
Note: based on “Eighty-Dollar Champion, 2011” by Elizabeth Letts. Read excerpt of the first fateful encounter of the two best friends in "Quotes."

d2013 Jul 19, 2017

Excellent documentary of a man and his beloved horse. Snowman saw Harry as his savior and Harry made history with Snowman. Wonderful story!

Jun 17, 2017

Great story but movie was more of a documentary. The book Eighty Dollar Champion was excellent and done very differently. I prefer it. But I liked the real people and horse footage a lot.

Jun 02, 2017

Excellent, Harry loved horses and they loved him. He was a HORSE WHISPER. Moving documentary. Was so good I may want to watch it again. Thank you patrons for listing it on dash board of recently reviewed.

ArapahoeKati May 02, 2017

You'll find it hard not to be inspired by this film. A plow horse, about to be taken away to be slaughtered, is rescued by a man who left post-WWII Europe? If you like overcoming the odds, this is for you.

Mar 06, 2017

Really interesting documentary about a horse and his owner who shared an indestructible bond and went on to be champions. The archival footage and the interviews with Harry, who is now in his 80s) told a compelling story, parts happy, parts sad. Bonus for me was the story of how Harry got to the USA after enduring WW2 in occupied Holland. Glad I saw this one!

Jan 16, 2017

Wonderful documentary about a Dutch immigrant who was part of the underground as a teenager during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Given a chance to come to the U. S. after the war he built fame and fortune after he rescued a work horse from the truck to the glue factory for $80. Much as he hated to do so, the rescuer, Harry deLeyer, sold Snowman to a neighbor to honor a promise. The horse jumped the fence and came home. Harry recommended that the new owner raise the fence. The horse came back. He felt he had solved the problem when he advised the new owners to attach a tire to Snowman's halter so that he could drag the tire behind himself as he grazed in the pasture. The horse came back with the rope, the tire, and part of the fence. Mr. De Leyer decided that he had a lifetime friend and bought Showman back. He also recognized that the horse knew how to jump and schooled him to eventually win at Madison Square Garden and be named horse of the year for two consecutive years. SEE THIS FILM IF YOU APPRECIATE HORSES, DETERMINATION, SECOND CHANCES AND LOVE. Fours paws and a tail from Abby Tabby and Kristi


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Aug 03, 2017

***Not direct quote from the film but from the book.***
The fateful encounter, p1 of 3:
Harry could smell fear rising up from them; the sound of hooves striking metal was almost deafening, and in the shadowy interior he saw flashes of white in their eyes. But one of the horses stood quietly, crammed up against the truck’s side, seeming to pay no mind to the chaos around him. Between the slats, Harry saw large brown eyes. When he reached out his palm, the horse stuck his nose toward him. Harry saw one eye looking at him. Asking. “What about that one?” Harry asked. The man was already loaded up and ready to drive away. “You don’t want that one. He’s missing a shoe and his front is all cut up from pulling a harness.”

Aug 03, 2017

The fateful encounter, p2 of 3:
“I just want to take a look,” Harry said. Knackers generally paid sixty dollars a head. Was Harry prepared to pay more than that? Harry hesitated, then nodded. The horse was still watching him. Grudgingly, the man backed him out of the trailer. Scrambling down the steep ramp, the horse almost fell, but then righted himself. Once the animal was off the trailer, Harry got a better picture, and it wasn’t a pretty one. The big horse was male, a gelding, as Harry had expected. His coat, the dull white color that horsemen call gray, was matted and caked with mud. Open wounds marred both knees. His hooves were grown out and cracked, and a shoe was missing. The horse was thin, but not completely undernourished—not as bad off as the horses normally seen on a killer van. The marks across his chest showed that he’d pulled a heavy harness.

Aug 03, 2017

The fateful encounter, p3 of 3:
He had a deep chest; Harry noticed the strong gaskins and well-muscled shoulders, probably developed by pulling a plow. The man dropped the rope on the ground, but the horse made no move to run. His teeth showed that he was “aged”—not younger than eight years old, and quite possibly older. Harry scanned his legs—pasterns, fetlocks, cannons, hocks—and found no obvious flaws. The auction roster sometimes read like an illustrated veterinary primer: bowed tendons, bone spavins, strangles, laminitis, swaybacks, broken wind—a compendium of ways that a horse can be lame, contagious, or otherwise unfit. But this horse had no such ailments: he was just undernourished, beat up, and broken down, an ordinary horse who had hit hard times.

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