The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse that Inspired a Nation

The Eighty Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired A Nation - Elizabeth Letts

What a great story.


A Dutch emigrant, trying to make a life for his family, impulsively pulls one particular sorry horse off a trailer bound for the glue factory, rescuing what was to become the most celebrated jumping horse of his era. Only, at first the horse can't even walk over poles on the ground!


This is a sweet book.  I'm in love with the man, the horse, the family, and basically everybody involved, including author Elizabeth Letts.


What Went Well:

  • Total lack of sensationalism or scandals
  • Very well researched
  • Just the right choice of images and clippings


Even Better If:

  • There are a few spots that drag narratively and could use some tightening up