Harry and Snowman

Genre:  Documentary, Drama
Running Time:  84 min.
Release year:  2017

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
based on 8 votes and 3 reviews
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Inspiration: Harry de Leyer and Snowman


Dutchman Harry deLeyer traveled to the United States after World War II, where he eventually landed a job 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 journey with Snowman, who always holds a special place in his heart.

Director: Ron Davis
Studio: FilmRise
Screenplay: Ron Davis

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  • 5 stars "The moving story of an underdog horse and the horseman who saved him. Compelling as a horse story, and also as a portrait of a truly kind and courageous man...a man of humility and compassion. Perhaps the most telling words of this beautiful story are the last three. More than forty years after Snowman's passing, Mr. De Leyer must compose himself by his grave, then gently says, "He made me." A true love story of the purest kind."
  • 5 stars "Saw this on Netflix and loved it! Please do more movies like this!"
  • 5 stars "Such a great story! Very well told, put together, love the actual footage shown, and it brought tears to my eyes. A must see!"
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