I decided to start drawing sketches of famous horses, and telling a little bit about them. So here is the first one: Snowman
(This photo was taken from the book: “The Eighty Dollar Champion”)
(Here is the sketch I drew of Snowman)
Snowman (1949-1974) was a former plow horse, purchased on his way to the slaughterhouse, who became a champion in showjumping in the United States during the 1950s.
Harry de Leyer, a riding instructor, attended a horse auction looking for school horses. He arrived late, and the only remaining horses were the “rejects”, loaded into trucks bound for the slaughter house. De Leyer purchased Snowman for $80. De Leyer recognized talent in the horse after he sold him to a neighbor and the horse jumped high fences to return “home.” He then began training Snowman as a show jumper.
The horse began winning prestigious classes only two years after he was bought off the slaughter truck and his career lasted five years. He willingly jumped over other horses, and his calm disposition made him a favorite.
Snowman got into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992.
(Information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowman_%28horse%29)