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Breyer Snowman Famous Show Jumper

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  • A big gray horse with an even bigger heart
  • One of show jumping's most beloved heroes
  • Inducted into show jumping's Hall of Fame
Product Description


Product Description

A big gray horse with an even bigger heart, Snowman rose from obscurity to become one of show jumping's most beloved heroes. His rags-to-riches story began in 1956, when Harry de Layer, a Long Island riding instructor, went shopping for potential school horses in Pennsylvania. Arriving too late for the auction, he spotted rejects being loaded onto a van bound for the slaughterhouse. Though bony, beat up and filthy, one plow horse showed enough spark to catch his eye. De Layer made an offer and for 80, the 7-year-old gelding was his. Quiet enough to be a lesson horse, the new rescue was a hit with children, who dubbed him Snowman. But when sold to a local doctor, he kept jumping fences and returning to de Layer. Recognizing his talent, de Layer began training him for the show ring. Soon, Snowman was meeting and beating the country's best jumpers everywhere he went. He'd clear anything from a 7'2 obstacle to another horse - and do it with care. Yet this child-friendly, 16h giant could still win a lead line class on the same day as sweeping an open jumper championship. Snowman was champion at the 1958 National Horse Show, winning the stake there the following year. In 1958 and 1959, he was named both the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year and the Professional Horsemen's Association Champion. The people's horse, he made appearances abroad, became a television celebrity and was the subject of several books. Even in retirement, Snowman remained a popular attraction at de Leyer's farm, where he died in 1977. Fifteen years later, he was inducted into show jumping's Hall of Fame.
From the Manufacturer

Breyer is the maker of the world's finest model horses! Since 1950, Breyer has brought a wide range of horse breeds from around the world to life for play and collecting - including real horse heroes from film, literature and the show ring! The Traditional Series offers an unmatched level of realism and attention to detail appreciated by children and adults alike. Each 1:9 scale model is meticulously hand-painted, so no two are exactly alike! Accessories are authentically-styled and add a realistic touch to any barn or play scenario.
Additional Information
  • Manufacturer: Breyer

  • Model: 1708

  • Storkz Item #: S20563308

  • Item Weight: 0.59 kg

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 X 3.9 X 10 inches