"We are searching for film footage, memories or stills of Harry deLeyer and Snowman in Holland. We are asking you to dig through your archives and attics and find information about Harry's trip to Europe to help us make our movie come to life," reports Lingh's owner Karin Reid Offield, the Executive Producer of the film 'Harry and Snowman'.
Harry and Snowman is a documentary film in production in the United States. It is produced and directed by former equestrian and filmmaker Ron Davis. The film is a 'rags to riches' story about the legendary career of jumper rider Harry deLeyer.
A Dutchman by birth, Harry is from the region of Noord-Brabant and lived in the village of St-Oedenrode. In 1945 or 1946 he rode in front of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. In 1959 or 1960 Harry and Snowman were invited to Holland for a "special jumping tour". During that tour he won a Puissance class.
Karin Offield says: " We need your help! We are searching for old films, photographs and memories of the legendary Snowman and Harry in Holland! When the story of Snowman and Harry deLeyer is told on film, the viewers will be amazed. It's a perfect story. This great horse represents the extraordinary from the ordinary. That's what we all want to find - a spark of greatness inside of us".
In America, in the 50's while Harry and Snowman were competing, Snowman was featured on television talk shows and in two Life Magazine articles. Books were written about this special equine partnership. Beyond the celebrity though, Snowman was an irreplaceable part of an amazing family of eight children.
The story began in 1956 when Harry saved a horse from an American slaughterhouse and named him Snowman. Together they won the 1958 Triple Crown of Show Jumping—the American Horse Show's Association Horse of the Year, the Professional Horseman's Association Championship and were champions at Madison Square Garden's Diamond Jubilee. In 1959, the pair returned to Madison Square Garden and won the Open Jumper Championship again. Snowman became the first horse in history to win the award two years in a row.
Reid-Offield produced JUMPERS, a documentary about equestrian show jumping in the 1970's. She was the Executive Producer of FOX Television and Robert Dover's reality show AMERICA'S NEXT EQUESTRIAN STAR. Offield Farms sponsored the 2005 Las Vegas World Cup Dressage Finals and Reid Offield is the co-founder of The Dressage Foundation's Equestrian Fundraising School. Karin is the owner of the world famous Dressage Stallion LINGH ridden by Edward Gal and is now managing Lingh's international breeding career at www.lingh.nl.
For more information about the film, or to get in contact with the producers with film footage, photographs, stills or information, please visit www.HarryandSnowman.com and click on GET INVOLVED.