September 2011

The Story of a Man and His Horse

The Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts

There are a lot of books out there -- both biographies and memoirs -- about the relationship between a man and his dog.  But in her book about Snowman, the plowhorse-turned-jumper, Elizabeth Letts writes about an incredible relationship between a man and his horse.

Although it seems you pretty much can't have a book about an animal without it dying at the end, The Eighty Dollar Champion is a story of hope.  When Harry de Leyer and Snowman first cross paths, they are both struggling to survive: Harry as an immigrant, Snowman as an unwanted plowhorse bound for slaughter.  Harry initially buys Snowman as a quiet beginner's mount at the girls' school