The horse with the ultimate rags-to-riches story! In 1956, riding instructor Harry de Leyer went shopping for potential school horses in Pennsylvania. Purchased by de Leyer for $80 as he was being loaded into a van bound for the slaughterhouse, the 7-year-old gelding became a hit with his children, who dubbed him “Snowman.” But when sold to a local doctor, he kept jumping fences and returning to de Leyer. Recognizing his talent, de Leyer began training him for the show ring. Soon, Snowman was beating the country’s best jumpers everywhere he went.
Snowman was champion at the 1958 National Horse Show, winning the stake there the following year. In 1958 and 1959, he was named both the American Horse Shows Association (now the USEF) Horse of the Year and the Professional Horsemen’s Association Champion. Breyer’s Snowman is being brought back by fan request!