24 December 2016

Harry and Snowman - a perfect Christmas family film.

It’s Christmas, and as such we are snowed under - if you’ll excuse the expression - with a slew of “must see” films and Hollywood blockbusters that hit the big screens at this time of the year.  


Although there seem to always be are more firearms, elves, explosions and romance than, well, horses.  


If you’re looking for something a little different than this (although I for one would love to see amorous exploding elves) then this could be the one for you.



Harry and Snowman makes up in story what it lacks in semi-automatic weapons, and still packs a heck of a punch.

This is the true story of one Harry deLeyer, a Dutch immigrant who grew up working on his family farm in Holland. 


A member of the underground resistance movement that helped hide Jews from the Nazis, Harry and his wife immigrated to the United States after WWII where he was offered a job as a riding instructor at the Knox School in Long Island, New York. 


While Harry was in Pennsylvania attending a horse auction, he came across a broken down Amish plow horse on a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the eight- year-old gelding and named him “Snowman”. 


At first, he had no aspirations for Snowman, and was simply happy that he could now live out his life in peace.  He even sold him to a doctor who lived 4 miles away.  When Snowman kept leaping over the high fences the doctor built to keep him in his paddock and returning to Harry day after day, he bought him back and saw some potential in him…


Snowman was more than just a horse.
To me, he was my best friend.

Harry began to train Snowman...

...and in less than two years they went on to win the 1958 horse show jumping Triple Crown: the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman's Association Champion and Champion of Madison Square Garden's Diamond Jubilee.


Harry's career was catapulted by Snowman and he went on to become one of the most successful riders and trainers in America. 



Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction not only saved Snowman’s life, but also launched a special friendship that lasted a lifetime. Snowman became a cherished member of Harry’s family, loved by his children and friends. 


The bond between man and horse is at the heart of this film and the message translates beautifully for all who share a similar bond with any animal or family pet.


It’s a cracking film and one for all the family. You can get your copy on BluRay, DVD or from iTunes through their website at