Last week the George Stubbs painting Gimcrack on the Heath, sold for $36 million. But the not every horse of great value carries such a high price tag. The great show jumper, Snowman, was purchased by Harry de Layer for $80 from the New Holland auction. Now there’s the kind of diamond in the rough that people dream about.
While de Layer was looking for a school horse, the former plow horse had a real talent for jumping that de Layer was able to tap into. He was champion at The National Horse Show in 1958 and won the stake there in 1959. He was the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year in 1958 and 1959, and he won the Professional Horsemen’s Association Championship both years as well.
Snowman was also know for his extremely calm disposition. At the Smithtown Horse Show, he one both the leadline class and the open jumper championship.
A new book about Snowman is being published in August. Here’s a video clip of the author talking about it.