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Rodeo Personality Prepares for Upcoming Horse Fair Appearance After Life Changing Incident

Published 09/23/2023, 2:00 PM EDT

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Life, with all its twists and turns, often throws unexpected challenges our way. Yet, some individuals possess a remarkable quality—the ability to leave these setbacks behind and stride forward. This is the story of such a remarkable young woman with a spinal cord injury who is a source of inspiration for thousands of people from all walks of life. Not only did she defy the odds by winning the 2009 All-Around Cowgirl World Championship, but she continues to shine as a beacon of hope and resilience.

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At just three years old, Amberley Snyder embarked on a lifelong journey fueled by an unwavering passion for horses. Her remarkable story, portrayed in the 2019 Netflix biopic Walk Ride Rodeo, captured the hearts of over 350 million viewers worldwide. But for her dedicated fans, there’s much more to Amberley Snyder than what the screen reveals. Here’s a closer look at the extraordinary woman behind the legend.

Amberley Snyder: Rodeo champion’s remarkable resilience


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In a recent Facebook post by the Midwest Horse Fair, there’s a fantastic update for Amberley Snyder’s fans. They shared a picture of her with a horse, and the caption brought exciting news: “Midwest Horse Fair is proud to present barrel racer Amberley Snyder to our Clinician Roster for 2024! California-born and Utah-raised, Amberley excelled in junior rodeo and FFA! In 2010, after a life-altering accident in her pick-up, and losing the use of her legs, she was back on her horse within 4 months.

But that’s not all. The post went on to talk about Amberley’s incredible journey since her accident: “Since then, she’s achieved so much. She even finished college and got a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Utah State University while also competing in top-level barrel racing.”They also shared how Amberley made it to big rodeo events: “Amberley qualified as the fan favourite for The American Rodeo and the Pro Rodeo Wilderness Circuit Finals in 2021 and 2022.“.


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Amberley isn’t just a rodeo star; she’s also a motivational speaker and an author who tells her inspiring story to everyone. She’s a founder of the Freedom Foundation, a group that helps people with physical challenges follow their dreams.

And guess what? She’s been on the famous TV show ‘Yellowstone’! This awesome announcement was sponsored by Purina Horse Feed. While she’s undoubtedly an inspiration, what truly magnifies her remarkable journey is the resilience she displayed in the face of adversity, especially after enduring a life-altering accident.

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On January 10, 2010, Amberley’s world changed in an instant. While driving to a stock show in Denver, a momentary distraction caused her truck to swerve and roll seven times. Amberley, miraculously conscious, was ejected from the vehicle, colliding with a steel post. In a subsequent interview with People magazine, she recalled the chilling sensation: “I felt like I was sitting in warm water from the waist down.” Her legs and toes were numb, and the world as she knew it had suddenly shifted into a nightmare.

Doctors delivered the devastating news—a T11/T12 spinal cord injury, and they said she’d never walk again. It was a crushing blow, one that could have defined her life by a single moment’s mistake—choosing not to wear her seatbelt just once. But Amberley refused to surrender. Despite the odds, she decided her life and dreams were worth fighting for.


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Amberley Snyder’s remarkable journey began with rodeo success, but her life took a profound turn after a life-altering accident. Despite the odds, she emerged as a symbol of resilience and triumph, inspiring us to chase our dreams against all challenges.

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Maleehah Shakeel


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Maleehah Shakeel is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports.She is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing. A holder of a master’s degree, Maleehah has created a penchant for all things and delved into the world of sports.
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