Harry deLeyer was running late when he finally arrived at the New Holland Sales Stables. The only horses left were those that hadn’t sold and were now bound for the meat market. On a whim, Harry decided to take a look at them anyway. One horse, a large gray gelding, caught his eye. There was something about this horse, something special. And then the horse winked at him. Harry bought him for eighty dollars.
Used initially as a lesson horse for children, Snowman, the name Harry gave the horse, was sold to a neighbor. However, Snowman had other ideas and repeatedly jumped high fences to return “home.” Harry decided to buy Snowman back and train him as a show jumper.
Harry and Snowman went on to stun the elite world of show jumping by winning competition after competition. The horse that had spent most of its life pulling a plow in the fields could—and would—jump any fence, in any conditions, with ease. Less than two years after leaving the Amish fields, Snowman won the 1958 horse show jumping Triple Crown.
This is the story of the remarkable partnership between man and horse that rewrote the record books.
Nineteen years after her death, the life of prolific British author Dawn Langley Simmons remains shrouded in mystery and legend. Born Gordon Langley Hall, the enigmatic Hall moved to the United States as a writer in the 1950’s and then in1968 underwent one of the first gender affirming surgeries in the country at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
She emerged as Dawn Pepita Langley Hall and returned to her home in Charleston South Carolina. Her subsequent interracial marriage to auto mechanic John-Paul Simmons and the mysterious birth of their bi-racial daughter Natasha sparked an international furor in the press and deep fear and hatred in the deep south.
Dawn’s life seems to have been lifted from the pages of one of Virginia Woolf’s greatest novels, Orlando: A Biography, inspired by her lover Sackville-West. The book describes the adventures of a wealthy poet who changes sex from man to woman and lives an adventurous and artistic transgender life. Dawn recreated this life for herself in the most unlikely of places; the center of the 1968 civil rights movement in South Carolina.