"The Eighty Dollar Champion, The Horse That Inspired a Nation", a New York Times bestseller by Elizabeth Letts has introduced the uplifting story of Snowman and Harry de Leyer to a whole new generation.
In keeping with this new stage of a wonderful story, I’ve created this original painting to honor both the memory of Snowman and his best friend, Harry de Leyer. Harry is now 86 years old and still going out to the barn everyday working with his beloved horses. When Mr. de Leyer saw a photo of the painting in its final stages, he said the following:
“It brought tears to my eyes…you got the slope of his shoulder that made him such a good jumper…and his eyes…they are perfect…the soft eyes that I first noticed about him…it is exactly Snowman” Harry de Leyer
It has been an honor to work on this project for The International Museum of the Horse. This 14 x 18 oil painting will hang in its permanent collection in Lexington, Kentucky. A formal presentation took place at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium on July 27, 2013 during the Hats Off Day celebration. The author, Elizabeth Letts and Harry de Leyer were in attendance for the festivities. To say it was a memorable experience to be able to get to know both of these very talented people would be an understatement!
Limited edition giclee prints of "Snowman and Harry" are now available. 100% of the proceeds in sales from this giclee print edition of 250 will be divided between the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Dr. Tom Riddle’s dedicated support of these two organizations through this fundraising event sponsored by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital of Lexington,KY.
Order forms for a giclee print of “Snowman and Harry” on 100% cotton paper are available through a downloadable order form found at www.lakehillstudio.com
Check back….I’ll post some pictures of this memorable weekend soon………