The new documentary Harry and Snowman tells the remarkable true story of a poor Dutch immigrant and the broken down horse who beat all the odds to become world-famous champions on the show jumping circuit.
“Captivating … delightful … a touching equine underdog tale.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Harry deLeyer journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a beat up Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry and Snowman went on to win the Triple Crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s blue bloods, and, in the process, captivating the hearts and imaginations of sports fans everywhere. They were famous in their day and traveled around the world together, becoming media darlings of the late 1950s and 1960s, in much the same way Red Pollard and Seabiscuit did in the 1930s. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. In Harry and Snowman, 86-year-old Harry tells their heartfelt Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit. Winner of ten audience awards for Best Documentary at film festivals across the country, Harry and Snowman is an inspiring tale of courage, friendship and the power of a good old-fashioned underdog story. (Dir. by Ron Davis, 2015, USA, 84 mins., Not Rated)