Snowman movie makers seeking extra footage

Snowman and Harry de Leyer.
Snowman and Harry de Leyer.

Producers of a feature length documentary about legendary showjumper Snowman and his rider Harry de Leyer are seeking footage, photographs and clippings of the pair to complete the film.

Harry and Snowman, by Docutainment Films is due for release later this year. 


De Leyer & Snowman were the Cinderella story of late 1950s and 1960s. Snowman was an old Amish plow horse who Harry rescued for $80 off a truck that was bound for a slaughter factory. In less than two years after his rescue, they were the national show jumping champions and had become national celebrities.

Snowman appeared on the most popular game show of the 1960’s, “To Tell the Truth” and on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. He had his own fan club, he was profiled twice in Life magazine and was the subject of three best-selling books, including the 2011 NY Times Best-Seller, The Eighty-Dollar Champion.

Snowman retired from competition in 1962 to Harry’s farm in Long Island where he lived until he died in 1974. He was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992.

Harry deLeyer grew up working on his family farm in The Netherlands. After World War II, Harry and his wife immigrated to the United States where he was offered a job as a riding instructor at the exclusive Knox School in Long Island New York.

His career was catapulted by Snowman and he went on to become one of the most successful riders and trainers in the USA. He represented the United States at the World Championships in Sweden in 1983 and was recognized by the United States Equestrian Foundation with a Pegasus Medal of Honor in 2002 for his lifetime contribution to the sport.

Now 85, the “Galloping Grandfather,” as he is known around the world, still rides and trains, based out of his farm in Virginia.

Harry de Leyer
Harry de Leyer

In order to create the archival aspect of the film, Docutainment Films is seeking help from the equestrian world to help locate old film footage, stills and newspaper or magazine articles from the

Among the information being sought is footage of 1950s jumping horses Andante, Sonora, McLain Street, Australis and Windsor Castle and from the National Horse Shows between 1955 and 1965.

Harry & Snowman caught the attention of Documentary Educational Resources, a 501(c)3 organization devoted to furthering the development of documentaries. The organization has stepped up to sponsor the film by allowing interested individuals to make tax-deductible donations toward its creation. Davis encourages those who love de Leyer, Snowman or the story to get involved and be a part of its development. All donors and contributors will be listed in the closing credits of the film and on the movie website. 

Ron Davis is an award winning documentary Director and Producer who assembles Emmy and Oscar nominated teams to develop and produce his films.

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