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The Eighty-dollar Champion

The Eighty-dollar Champion

Snowman, the Horse that Inspired a Nation

  • Author: Elizabeth Letts
  • Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
  • ISBN: 0345521099
  • Category: History
  • Page: 338
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Traces the story of a champion equine jumper and the Dutch farmer who rescued him from the slaughterhouse, recounting how the farmer discovered Snowman's jumping talents and trained him to compete against the world's thoroughbreds.

The Eighty-Dollar Champion

The Eighty-Dollar Champion

Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation

  • Author: Elizabeth Letts
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN: 0345521102
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 352
  • View: 6990
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly. Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

The Eighty Dollar Champion

The Eighty Dollar Champion

  • Author: Elizabeth Letts
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1472111230
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 160
  • View: 7398
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Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a truck bound for the slaughterhouse. The recent Dutch immigrant recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up nag and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry's modest farm on Long Island, he ultimately taught Snowman how to fly. Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping. Their story captured the heart of Cold War-era America-a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. They were the longest of all longshots-and their win was the stuff of legend.

Snowman

Snowman

The True Story of a Champion

  • Author: Catherine Hapka,Rutherford Montgomery
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1481478133
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 176
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Shares the story of how a plow horse about to go to slaughter became a champion show jumper and the winner of the 1958 show jumping Triple Crown.

The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse

The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis

  • Author: Elizabeth Letts
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 034554482X
  • Category: Arabian horse
  • Page: 400
  • View: 7725
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In the chaotic last days of World War II, a small troop of American soldiers captures a German spy and learns that on a secret farm behind enemy lines, Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebred horses in order to breed the perfect military machine -- an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the U.S. Army's last great cavalrymen, Colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision, with General George Patton's blessing, to mount a covert rescue operation.

Gunner

Gunner

Hurricane Horse

  • Author: Judy Andrekson
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
  • ISBN: 0887769055
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 95
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At first an unruly foal, Gunner grows into a smart and beautiful show horse, whose troublemaking ways hide a devotion to his family that shines through, until disaster strikes in the form of Hurricane Katrina.

Little Squire

Little Squire

The Jumping Pony

  • Author: Judy Andrekson
  • Publisher: Tundra Books
  • ISBN: 1770490019
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 80
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Little Squire was born in an Irish meadow on an early spring day. The colt was beautifully formed with strong, straight legs and a pretty head. But due to his small size, it was unlikely he would be more than a nice child’s riding pony. By the following spring, the yearling was separated from his mother and turned out to pasture with the other weanlings. Little Squire wasn’t happy to be away from his dam so he charged the high stone wall and cleared it easily. Little Squire had just shown an astonishing side of himself that would eventually bring him greatness. Over time, the young horse traded hands, crossed an ocean, and ended up on the American show-jumping circuit. That was when he met another diminutive Irish immigrant, Mickey Walsh. The two were inseparable until, at Mickey’s request, Little Squire was retired at the top of his game, and while he was still sound. He went out in a blaze of glory, though, ending his last performance with Mickey by jumping a six-foot-two fence — rider-less — in front of a packed arena. During the war-torn 30s, Little Squire had given people something to cheer about. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Chosen by a Horse

Chosen by a Horse

A Memoir

  • Author: Susan Richards
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9780156031172
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 248
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Relates the story of a woman whose hurts from a difficult past are healed with the help of the companionship and affection of a formerly abused horse for which she has agreed to care.

Crazy Good

Crazy Good

The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America

  • Author: Charles Leerhsen
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0743291778
  • Category: History
  • Page: 355
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Documents the life story of a record-breaking champion horse whose disabilities nearly caused his euthanasia at birth, in an account that also describes the contributions of his shopkeeper owner and alcoholic driver. 50,000 first printing.

Quality of Care

Quality of Care

  • Author: Elizabeth Letts
  • Publisher: New American Library
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Page: 263
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A dedicated obstetrician, Clara Raymond comes face to face with her childhood friend, Lydia Benson, who had once saved Clara's life following a horseback-riding accident, a brief reunion that ends in tragedy and sends Clara on an odyssey back to her California past and to a rediscovery of the meaning of life. A first novel. Original.

Horse Gone Silent

Horse Gone Silent

  • Author: Shane Ledyard
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • ISBN: 1483584461
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 136
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Inspired by a true story, "Horse Gone Silent" delivers adventure, drama and life lessons in a perfectly tidy package that will speak to your heart like no horse story ever has before. Champion show jumping horse Calebo gives a divinely critical message of hope in his inspirational tale of perseverance and courage. Calebo's story follows him from his charmed youth, to the top of his sport to finding himself moments from death by slaughter. Never sure of his ultimate fate, he relies on his faith, family and friends to give him strength on his incredible journey. Written by professional horse trainer Shane Ledyard, "Horse Gone Silent" takes you right into the barn aisle and onto this fabled horse's back for a great ride you'll want to continue long after the last word is read! Go to www.HorseGoneSilent.com to learn more! 10% of the author's net proceeds from the sale of 'Horse Gone Silent' will go directly to organizations helping children in need.

Hold Your Horses

Hold Your Horses

Nuggets of Truth for People Who Love Horses... No Matter What

  • Author: Bonnie Timmons
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing
  • ISBN: 0761115366
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 117
  • View: 7877
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Written and illustrated by Timmons, the award-winning artist from NBCUs "Caroline in the City, Hold Your Horses" is full of irresistible pleasure and unexpected horse sense. Full color.

Believe

Believe

A Horseman's Journey

  • Author: Buck Brannaman,William Reynolds
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1599216892
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 216
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Master horseman Buck Brannaman, the real-life Horse Whisperer, continues the chronicle of his life as trainer and mentor, as we meet thirteen remarkable people whose lives he has affected. Through their own accounts of help and healing and through Brannaman's own introductions, the reader is inspired by the hope and confidence that he instilled in these individuals.

Shy Boy

Shy Boy

The Horse That Came in from the Wild

  • Author: Monty Roberts
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0060932899
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 256
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"To appreciate Shy Boy," writes horse gentler Monty Roberts, "you must see him or his kind running free and easy, in a wide open space." This compelling story, and the breathtaking photographs that accompany it, offer a chance to do just that. During a dramatic three-day ride across miles of high desert, Monty Roberts used all his skill to connect with the little mustang he finally befriended. In the year that followed, Shy Boy grew to love life on the farm, playfully demanding attention, and becoming fascinated by children. After a year of challenges and one frightening illness, the wild horse's exceptional spirit earned the respect and admiration of his trainers. And, as a result of a PBS-aired program based on his initial encounter with Roberts, Shy Boy gained international fame. Yet throughout this extraordinary year, Monty Roberts struggled with the question, "Would Shy Boy rather be free?" With trepidation, he took Shy Boy back to the wild to let him choose. The event, and its stunning conclusion, are memorably captured in these magnificent photographs and in a story that is both unforgettable and inspiring.

The Soul of a Horse

The Soul of a Horse

Life Lessons from the Herd

  • Author: Joe Camp
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press
  • ISBN: 0307449491
  • Category: Pets
  • Page: 256
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A surprise birthday gift plunged Joe Camp and his wife, Kathleen, into the world of horses as complete neophytes without a clue as to what horses needed or wanted. The Camps went searching for logic and sense in the rule books of traditional horse care and what they found was not what they had expected. Written for everyone who has ever loved a horse or even loved the idea of having a horse in their lives, this memoir leads us on a riveting voyage of discovery as Joe and Kathleen navigate uncharted, often politically incorrect territory on their way to achieving a true relationship with their horses. As the creator of the beloved Benji series, Joe has spent most of his life luring us into the heart and soul of a famous dog, but now in this engaging, emotional, and often humorous story, he deftly lures us into the heart and soul of a horse. In doing so, he exposes astonishing truths and unlocks the mystery of a majestic creature who has survived on Earth, without assistance, for fifty-five million years. In a single emotionally charged moment, Camp communes with his first horse, Cash, in a way that changes him and his relationship with horses forever. In his own words, as he stood alone with his back to this horse: The collar of my jacket was tickling the hairs on the back of my neck. And my heart was pounding. Then a puff of warm, moist air brushed my ear. My heart skipped a beat. He was really close. Then I felt his nose on my shoulder . . . I couldn’t believe it. Tears came out of nowhere and streamed down my cheeks. I had spoken to him in his own language, and he had listened . . . and he had chosen to be with me. He had said, I trust you. Ingeniously alternating between the stories of two people thrust into an unfamiliar, enigmatic realm and a fabled herd of wild horses brought to the New World centuries ago, Joe Camp’s valuable and inspiring book teaches us that the lessons he was learning apply not only to his horses but to life and to people as well–to all of us. From the Hardcover edition.

Out of the Clouds

Out of the Clouds

The Unlikely Horseman and the Unwanted Colt Who Conquered the Sport of Kings

  • Author: Linda Carroll,David Rosner
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • ISBN: 0316432210
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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In the bestselling tradition of the The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the propulsive, inspiring Cinderella story of Stymie, an unwanted Thoroughbred, and Hirsch Jacobs, the once dirt-poor trainer who bought the colt on the cheap and molded him into the most popular horse of his time and the richest racehorse the world had ever seen. In the wake of World War II, as turmoil and chaos were giving way to a spirit of optimism, Americans were looking for inspiration and role models showing that it was possible to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top-and they found it in Stymie, the failed racehorse plucked from the discard heap by trainer Hirsch Jacobs. Like Stymie, Jacobs was a commoner in "The Sport of Kings," a dirt-poor Brooklyn city slicker who forged an unlikely career as racing's winningest trainer by buying cheap, unsound nags and magically transforming them into winners. The $1,500 pittance Jacobs paid to claim Stymie became history's biggest bargain as the ultimate iron horse went on to run a whopping 131 races and win 25 stakes, becoming the first Thoroughbred ever to earn more than $900,000. The Cinderella champion nicknamed "The People's Horse" captivated the masses with his rousing charge-from-behind stretch runs, his gritty blue-collar work ethic, and his rags-to-riches success story. In a golden age when horse racing rivaled baseball and boxing as America's most popular pastime, he was every bit as inspiring a sports hero as Joe DiMaggio and Joe Louis. Taking readers on a crowd-pleasing ride with Stymie and Jacobs, Out of the Clouds unwinds a real-life Horatio Alger tale of a dauntless team and its working-class fans who lived vicariously through the stouthearted little colt they embraced as their own.

Catch Rider

Catch Rider

  • Author: Jennifer H. Lyne
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0547868715
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 282
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Despite her poor background and ferocious competition from more privileged girls, fourteen-year-old Sid pursues her dream of becoming a catch rider--a show rider who can ride anything--with help from her Uncle Wayne.

Beautiful Jim Key

Beautiful Jim Key

The Lost History of the World's Smartest Horse

  • Author: Mim E. Rivas
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061877514
  • Category: History
  • Page: 368
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Beautiful Jim Key -- the one-time ugly duckling of a scrub colt who became one of the most beloved heroes of the turn of the century -- was adored not for his beauty and speed but rather for his remarkable abilities to read, write, spell, do mathematics, even debate politics. Trained with patience and kindness by one of the most renowned horse whisperers of his day -- former slave, Civil War veteran, and self-taught veterinarian Dr. William Key -- Jim performed in expositions across the country to wildly receptive crowds for nine glorious years, smashing box office records, clearing towering hurdles of skepticism and prejudice, and earning the respect and admiration of some of the most influential figures of the era, from Booker T. Washington to President William McKinley. This is the remarkable true saga of a truly exceptional animal -- and the no less exceptional man who led him to greatness.

The Horse Whisperer

The Horse Whisperer

A Novel

  • Author: Nicholas Evans
  • Publisher: Dell
  • ISBN: 9780307574749
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 480
  • View: 5573
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A compelling portrait of three people who love each other but can't break through the self-created walls that keep them apart.”—Chicago Sun-Times His name is Tom Booker. His voice can calm wild horses, his touch can heal broken spirits. And Annie Graves has traveled across a continent to the Booker ranch in Montana, desperate to heal her injured daughter, the girl’s savage horse, and her own wounded heart. She comes for hope. She comes for her child. And beneath the wide Montana sky, she comes to him for what no one else can give her: a reason to believe. Praise for The Horse Whisperer “Compelling . . . a real page-turner.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Fascinating . . . moving . . . a big, engrossing book [with] an unexpected endeing that surprises mightily.”—Los Angeles Times “Brilliance pervades this five-hankerchief weepie.”—The Times (London) “Outstanding . . . a book of rare power and beauty.”—Booklist

Learning to Fall

Learning to Fall

A Novel

  • Author: Anne Clermont
  • Publisher: SparkPress
  • ISBN: 1940716799
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 288
  • View: 5806
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Brynn honors her passion for horses by studying at the toughest veterinary program in the country. Months from graduating, tragedy strikes—tragedy for which she can’t help but feel responsible. Brynn feels suffocated by the weight of her father’s legacy and his dusty hopes for horse show jumping success. When Brynn’s frenetic efforts to dig the family business out of debt fail, she’s down to one desperate hope. Enter Jason Lander, who understands what it’s like to walk away from the ring. The onetime champion agrees to train Brynn, and her horse Jett, for an all-or-nothing run at the prestigious Million Dollar Gold Cup. But going all the way means doing it his way, which has Brynn questioning her decisions, her loyalties, and her growing feelings for Jason—complicating her relationship with her lover. Set in Northern California against a stunning backdrop of coastal hills and valleys, Learning to Fall is about discovering how to let go—and how to hang on with your heart. Fans of Seabiscuit and The Horse Whisperer will love this beautifully written debut; one they’re bound to add to their shelf of favorites.