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post #1 of 12 Old 07-23-2013, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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The Eighty Dollar Champion

This is a book about the show jumper Snowman. I just finished it and it was amazing. It gives a lot of history of the Cold War era and gives a great big picture understanding of the horse world, the development of the sport, breeding history, and an amazing story of a horse thar was saved from slaughter at the last second to become a legend. Anyone with a little extra time, give it a read!

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-23-2013, 06:08 PM
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I loved this book too. Except if it weren't for the pictures I wouldn't believe it was a true story, lol.
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I know! It's like a fairy tale come to life!
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Another great story is about Nautical. He was a grade horse (AQHA x ?) found in a killer pen. He was nicknamed "Sneaky Pete" for his ability to duck out on fences. Yet, with Hugh Wiley, he won a gold medal. A story made famous when Disney made a film about him called the Horse with the flying tail.

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This is a book about the show jumper Snowman. I just finished it and it was amazing. It gives a lot of history of the Cold War era and gives a great big picture understanding of the horse world, the development of the sport, breeding history, and an amazing story of a horse thar was saved from slaughter at the last second to become a legend. Anyone with a little extra time, give it a read!

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Im thankful you started this thread because I had remembered someone telling me about it, but I had forgotten which book it was. I bought it this afternoon after seeing your post. Will come back when Im done reading it.
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My2Geldings, I am so glad! I can't wait to hear what you think of it. :)

Allison, I will have to check into that book about Nautical.... He was mentioned quite a bit in The Eighty Dollar Champion.
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I don't know about a book, just the Disney movie.
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Oh! :) whoops... Probably a fun movie though.
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I LOVED this book. I read it about a week and a half ago. I couldn't put it down. It was so unreal and almost magical that as someone else mentioned if it hadn't of had the pictures with it I might not have believed it.

I laughed, smiled, cheered, and cried at different points in the story. One part I cried extremely hard, like bawling and hiccupping crying. (The part about the well known horse at his last show before he was to retire-trying to not give too much away) I was bawling my eyes out and my dad came out and asked me what was wrong and I gave him a quick recap. He was like "You know this happened YEARS ago right?" I pretty much shrieked "That's not the point!" and resumed crying. He understands how passionate I get about situations like that and let me be on my crying way haha.

I loved this book and I definitely recommend it. I've got my one friend reading it now. =)

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Phantomcolt, I sobbed at that part too! Luckily I was all alone to wallow freely. :)
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