Harry and Snowman

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Release Date: September 30, 2016 (limited)

1h 24m | Documentary, Drama


Dutchman Harry de Leyer traveled to the United States after World War II, where he began working as a riding school instructor. When he arrived late for a horse auction, hoping to get more horses for the riding school, he made it just in time to see the horses who were being loaded on to trucks to go for slaughter. Snowman was one of them. At only eight years old, he was once used as a farm plow horse. Harry paid $80 for him.

In less than two years, Harry and Snowman went on to win the National Horse Show open jumper championship in 1958 at Madison Square Garden, beating other horses who were specially bred for high level competition. They both became famous as inspirations that you didn't have to be born into a wealthy family to achieve greatness in the horse world. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. In this film, Harry, at age 86, talks about his love for Snowman, who died at age 28, and for horses in general.

Director: Ron Davis
Studio: Docutainment Films
Writer(s): Ron Davis
Inspiration: Harry de Leyer and Snowman

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