The recent dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. It's about an horse: a deep inspiration to the Nation. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend. 1 new york times bestseller harry de leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse.
. Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping.
On harry’s modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly.
The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, The Perfect Horse tells for the first time the full story of these events. New york times bestseller • from the author of the eighty-dollar champion, the remarkable story of the heroic rescue of priceless horses in the closing days of World War II In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines.
Army’s last great cavalrymen, colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton’s blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Elizabeth letts’s exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor.
Praise for the Perfect Horse “Winningly readable. The right director could make a Hollywood classic out of this fairy tale. The christian science monitor “letts, eloquently brings together the many facets of this unlikely, a lifelong equestrienne, poignant story underscoring the love and respect of man for horses.
Kirkus Reviews. Letts captures both the personalities and the stakes of this daring mission with such a sharp ear for drama that the whole second half of the book reads like a WWII thriller dreamed up by Alan Furst or Len Deighton. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.
Gunner: Hurricane Horse True Horse Stories
Gunner's story is a testament to love and to determination. They were told he was in terrible shape and should be put down. But three months passed before they located Gunner, a hundred miles away. Amazingly, nine months later, he was well enough to compete again in the World Championship Paint Horse Show. After the storm, they searched for the animals and recovered many of them.
With the help of a vet and her mother, she nursed him back to health. Nevertheless, dehydrated, starving, Heather drove on washed-out roads to bring him home, and blind in one eye. When hurricane katrina passed over the Goodwin property, the cattle, it took with it the fences, and several horses. Heather and her family lived in their horse trailer for six weeks and considered themselves lucky to have safe, comfortable shelter.
Each book in the true horse stories focuses on a contemporary horse from a different part of the world, in his or her own way, and each animal is, a hero. Pbj decks smokin gun gunner is an american paint horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin's herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title.
Snowman: The True Story of a Champion
A twist of fate brings a man and horse together in this remarkable true story now available in a new version adapted by the author of the Marguerite Henry’s Ponies of Chincoteague series. Snowman, was bound for the meat market when Harry deLeyer, a Long Island riding instructor, an Amish plow horse, spotted him at auction.
Snowman was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992. At first, but when deleyer sold him to a neighbor, Snowman was just a horse that children rode during lessons, the horse had other ideas. Less than two years out of the plow fields, professional horseman’s association Champion, Snowman won the 1958 horse show jumping Triple Crown—the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year, and Champion of Madison Square Garden’s Diamond Jubilee.
. After making eye contact with the gentle giant deLeyer decided to purchase him for $80 He would jump the high fences so he could return “home. Harry then began training Snowman as a show jumper.
Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See
A rescue group found Joey nearly dead from starvation―and blind. Then he came to hope reins―a ranch dedicated to helping hurting kids who had been abused, emotionally wounded, or unwanted. But when an injury cost joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect.
. A touching tale. Kirkus reviewsThe heartwarming true story of a blind horse named Joey. At the height of his show career, strength, this beautiful Appaloosa’s majestic stature, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. By teaching these children to care for rescued animals, the Hope Reins staff were convinced they could reach kids with love and hope and show them that we are never forgotten by God.
But could the financially struggling ranch afford to take care of a blind horse that no one else wanted? Could Joey somehow learn to trust people even though the world had hurt him so badly? And what would happen―to Joey, and Hope Reins―if they failed?A true story of friendship destined to become a classic, the kids, Joey will touch your heart and reveal the power of finding light in the darkness.
The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse
As secretariat's groom, loyal friend, and protector, Eddie understood the horse far better than anyone else. For anybody who loves horses, and for all of those who are thrilled by horse racing and the behind-the-scenes drama of the track, The Horse That God Built is must reading. Michael korda, the tall, newsweek, in 1972; winner in 1973 of the triple crown, handsome chestnut racehorse whose string of honors runs long and rich: the only two-year-old ever to win Horse of the Year, author of Horse PeopleMost of us know the legend of Secretariat, his times in all three races still unsurpassed; featured on the cover of Time, and Sports Illustrated; the only horse listed on ESPN's top fifty athletes of the twentieth century ahead of Mickey Mantle.
His final race at toronto's Woodbine Racetrack is a touchstone memory for horse lovers everywhere. More than anything else, The Horse God Built is a moving portrait of the powerful bond between human and horse. Praise for the horse god built:"scanlan's scope is encyclopedic…" --Publishers Weekly"The author's tribute is heartfelt.
. Kirkus". Detailed in all its equine awesomeness.
Harry & Snowman
Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. 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 that was bound for the glue factory.
Eighty-six year old harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit. In less than two years, harry & snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation's top pedigree horses and wealthiest socialites. Shrink-wrapped. They became famous and traveled around the world together.
Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse
Reckless memorial monument at the national museum of the Marine Corps, and now spurring the creation of a second memorial at Camp Pendleton, completed in July 2013, California, where Reckless lived out the rest of her days. The paperback edition includes a new foreword by General James F. A new york times bestseller!from the racetrack to the battlefielddauntless, and exemplar of Semper Fishe was Reckless, fearless, "pride of the Marines.
A mongolian mare who was bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a young boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. Amos, 35th Commandant of the U. S. In one day alone, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering a distance of over thirty-five miles, Reckless demonstrated her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had become her herd.
Despite only measuring about thirteen hands high, this pint-sized equine became an American hero. Reckless was awarded two purple Hearts for her valor and was officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since. Author robin hutton has reignited excitement about this nearly forgotten legend, realizing the Sgt.
. Lieutenant eric pedersen purchased the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she’d be joining. The four-legged equine braved minefields and hailing shrapnel to deliver ammunition to her division on the frontlines.
Chosen by a Horse
It seemed fated that she would come into Susan’s paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living. Instead lay me down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan’s life. Shrink-wrapped. This gentle creature―malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection―had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous.
Regnery History. Memoir. An elegant and often heartbreaking tale filled with animal characters as complicated and lively as their human counterparts, this is an inspiring story of courage and hope and the ways in which all love―even an animal’s―has the power to heal. The horse susan richards chose for rescue wouldn’t be corralled into her waiting trailer.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Laura hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller. Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini.
Over four years, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon. From the Hardcover edition. Regnery History. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.
Memoir. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Great product! Smith urged howard to buy seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, half-crippled, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Shrink-wrapped. Three men changed seabiscuit’s fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire.
Out of the Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman and the Unwanted Colt Who Conquered the Sport of Kings
Regnery History. Like stymie, " a dirt-poor brooklyn city slicker who forged an unlikely career as racing's winningest trainer by buying cheap, Jacobs was a commoner in "The Sport of Kings, unsound nags and magically transforming them into winners. Memoir. The cinderella champion nicknamed "the people's Horse" captivated the masses with his rousing charge-from-behind stretch runs, his gritty blue-collar work ethic, and his rags-to-riches success story.
Taking readers on a crowd-pleasing ride with stymie and Jacobs, Out of the Clouds unwinds a real-life Horatio Alger tale of a dauntless team and its working-class fans who lived vicariously through the stouthearted little colt they embraced as their own. Great product! The $1, 500 pittance jacobs paid to claim stymie became history's biggest bargain as the ultimate iron horse went on to run a whopping 131 races and win 25 stakes, becoming the first Thoroughbred ever to earn more than $900, 000.
. In the wake of world war ii, americans were looking for inspiration and role models showing that it was possible to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top-and they found it in Stymie, as turmoil and chaos were giving way to a spirit of optimism, the failed racehorse plucked from the discard heap by trainer Hirsch Jacobs.
Shrink-wrapped. In a golden age when horse racing rivaled baseball and boxing as America's most popular pastime, he was every bit as inspiring a sports hero as Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis. In the bestselling tradition of the the eighty-dollar champion, an unwanted Thoroughbred, the propulsive, and Hirsch Jacobs, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt on the cheap and molded him into the most popular horse of his time and the richest racehorse the world had ever seen.