The movie, directed by Ron Davis from his own script, centers on Harry de Leyer and his former plow-horse, Snowman, winning the triple crown of show jumping in 1958 at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. De Leyer had purchased Snowman just two years earlier for $80 off a truck bound for the glue factory.
Davis also produced via Docutainment Films with Graceful Light Entertainment and Imaginaut Entertainment. The film was executive produced by Paul Winston Blavin and Karin Reid Offield.
The story was the subject of Robert Montgomery’s 1962 book “Snowman,” which is being republished by Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, and of Elizabeth Letts’ “The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation.” Letts’ book was optioned last year by MGM.
“We saw the film at a screening in an open field at the Prescott Film Festival — 9,000 people showed up,” said Concourse’s Matthew Shreder. “There is a massive consumer appetite for great equestrian stories.”
The film premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival this year. It was screened over the weekend at the Hot Springs and Hamptons festivals with Davis and de Leyer attending both events.
ELSA, a non-profit that utilizes horsemanship as a tool for rehabilitation, will be screening “Harry and Snowman” on Nov. 8 at the Capshaw/Spielberg Center for Arts in Santa Monica.