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- Verlag: Blackstone Audio Books; Auflage: Library. (23. August 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1441786457
- ISBN-13: 978-1441786456
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 2,5 x 17,1 cm
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The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, Ungekürzte Ausgabe
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“[A] classic American dream story, with a down-on-its-luck horse galloping in for good measure.”—USA Today
“This is a wonderful book—joyous, heartfelt, and an eloquent reminder that hope can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Most of all, it’s a moving testament to the incredible things that can grow from the bond between animals and humans.”—Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey
“[Elizabeth Letts] details the intricacies of the show world beautifully, [but it’s] the relationship between the people in [Harry’s] life and this remarkable, humble horse that will captivate the reader.”—The Star-Ledger
“The story is thrilling. . . . Letts’s taut, detailed writing vividly recounts the excitement of the shows; the heights these underdogs climbed; the world of the Eisenhower fifties; and what Snowman and Harry meant to the everyday people they inspired.”—Shelf Awareness
“If the true stories of horses Secretariat or Seabiscuit kept you spellbound, then consider leaving the racetrack setting to learn about the equestrian world’s shock in 1958 when an eighty-dollar plow horse arrived to compete in its top show.”—Fayetteville Observer
“Written in evocative, skilled prose that rings true to the tenor of postwar America . . . Letts deftly calibrates the emotion and suspense that are an indelible part of this tale.”—BookPage
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Elizabeth Letts is the award-winning author of two novels for adults and one children's book. She has a bachelor's degree in American history and a master's in nurse-midwifery, both from Yale. An equestrian from childhood, she was runner-up in the California Horse and Rider of the Year competition.
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Personally, Snowman's story inspired me to become a marathon runner (when I had never run before in my life) at the ripe old age of 58 - this was four years ago - which is why I recommended it to the book club as a book they would want to use. I may be the last marathoner to cross the finish line, but I've crossed 16 of them now - and that is despite my diabetes, arthritis, and the fact that I have cancer that is currently in remission. Four years ago, when running a marathon was just a dream of mine, I took strength from Snowman's story. It's hard to explain why. I was so weighted down with the depression that having cancer can cause, I guess I needed something positive in my life.
What I loved about this story is how anyone can start from nothing and build a life with meaning, even if you're a horse. Snowman had heart, and along with talent, that what it takes to be the best. It's obvious that Snowman jumped, both to get back to Harry, and then for Harry at every show he was entered in. I've heard that this story is going to be a movie, and what I can't believe is that no one has seen the potential earlier. Surely enough bad movies have been made that movie people can tell the difference by now.
The book was written well, though there was a lot of repetition that got in the way of my enjoyment of the book. The class differences between Harry a Dutch immigrant, and the rich horse folk of the fifties got old. It's apparent from the start and didn't need to be repeated with every show Harry and Snowman entered. Along with this, is the use of the description of Snowman as a plow horse. Snowman didn't look like a plow horse to me, he looked like a warmblood, the combination of a draft horse and a thoroughbred, Arab, or any other 'hot' blooded horse. He was gorgeous and in fact looks a lot like my German Warmblood who has perfect conformation(in my eyes).
This book is well-worth reading, and the movie will hopefully be worth watching. It was a joy to read the story of how the love of a man for his horse, and the horse for his man, gave both everything they'd ever wanted. All you need is love.
This true story of a horse named Snowman was recommended by friends.I probably would not have read it without their suggestion because I knew nothing about show jumping (I know quite a bit now).
This book, however, is about more than an equestrian event that a lot of us think is the province of the elite. It's about triumph over adversity against all odds. It's about the unique and unusual bond that can be formed between man and animal.
I knew I was in for a treat when author Elizabeth Letts painted a vivid image of a dirty, flea-bitten nag looking through the board slats of a truck bound for the slaughter house at a man with only eighty dollars in his pocket--a man who needed a horse to train students to ride and jump horses at an all-girls school. The horse and man saw something in each other's eyes.
Sound overdone? Romanticized? Too sentimental? By the time I reached the part where Snowman shows up in his former owner's yard dragging an old tire and a piece of board fence, I was hooked on this story and this horse.
Maybe it's because my grandfather's horse returned in a similar fashion. I'll never forget the day he came back more than a month after being sold and taken more than a hundred miles away. But that's another story. That was Buddy. This is about Snowman.
I have always been fascinated by theories about an animal's ability to reason and love their human masters. I am still just a wannabe cowboy, but I was raised around horses and there have been only short periods in my life when I did not own at least one (I still own one today).
Most of the stories we hear about humans bonding with animals have been romanticized to the point of becoming pure fiction. Letts is careful not to do that. By sticking to the facts and careful detail of how this relationship develops, readers can believe in something that we all want to believe (and most of us want to achieve).
It is one of the ironies of life (at least mine) that we often learn how things should be done after it is too late (or we are too old). Also, I find it fascinating that we all have aha moments when we are trying to master a skill, a subject, or a relationship--those moments when we read or hear the exact words that explain something that has been confusing before. Even the best of teachers don't always speak to all students.
Some of us listen and absorb in different ways. I have had many aha moments with horses. One was when I read that a woman's heart rate will match a horse's within sixty seconds after putting a hand on the horse. That simple revelation spoke volumes to me.
I discovered by trial and error that my horse would do just about what I expected of him. If I expected bad behavior when we team-roped, I got it and vice-versa. Even though there were many hits and misses, the discovery came in an "aha!" moment.
I concluded at first that the horse was just reacting to my physical movements--the way I sat in the saddle, the way my legs relaxed or tensed, the way my hands held the reins. However, I came to believe that it was also a mental thing.
When you ride and train a horse almost every day, he learns your moods, can read the expression on your face, and can correctly analyze every gesture. People generally know that about dogs and smaller pets, but not so much about horses. I now think that animals also communicate on a much higher mental and emotional level than I first thought.
I have been to a lot of horse training clinics and watched a lot of videos where the trainer tries to get this point across. But few ever come right out and say how they are communicating on a silent, mental level with the horse in addition to sounds and physical movements. Some are just not articulate enough, but most are doing something that comes natural to them. That may not realize that is not natural to everyone, but can be learned by most. This book proves the point.
Although the bonding between Harry le Feyer and Snowman develops through trial and error, failure and success, this is not a clinical description of training. There is definitely something intangible working between Snowman and Harry (a mental, emotional thing).
A survivor of Nazi-occupied Holland of WWII, this immigrant farmer, husband and father has a background that also makes the story more believable and more emotional. The pair develops what we all want to feel and share. You will soar inside the head of Harry and Snowman as well as over the jumps as they achieve the near-impossible. Go Down Looking