Rodeo Legend Amberley Snyder Inspires North Platte With Her Unforgettable Journey

Published 10/25/2023, 2:21 PM EDT

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Rodeo sport is for courageous beings. This sentence goes perfectly with professional Barrel racer, Amberley Snyder. One of the strongest women in rodeo history. The world watched her journey in the form of a Netflix movie back in 2019 released by the name of “Walk. Ride. Rodeo”. 

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On the same note, Snyder recently visited North Platte Community College Tuesday afternoon and candidly opened up on some unknown things about the movie and what she felt about watching her journey on the big screen. American has a deep love for horses and her words are impactful. Many might wonder what happened with the great rider.

Amberley Snyder – A professional rodeo and a motivational speaker

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As per NBC 2 News, Amberley Snyder, featured in Netflix’s ‘Walk. Ride. Rodeo’ faced a life-altering accident that left her paralyzed. It happened in  Jan 2010 when her world shattered during a trip to the Denver Stock Show. A moment’s distraction caused a devastating accident, leaving her with a broken back. After enduring 5 hours of emergency surgery, doctors predicted she’d never regain the use of her legs.

Refusing to accept this fate, Snyder embarked on a determined journey to prove her doctors wrong. And guess what? She did it! Undeterred, she made a triumphant return to professional rodeo barrel racing, earning accolades and respect.

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Resonating with her journey Synder says, “Don’t ever compare your challenge to somebody else”. Further continuing, she emphasized, “Each one of us is going to have our own challenges and our way of handling them. There is always someone praying for what you have (because they have it worse.)”. Commenting on the movie, the rider says, “They did a good job”. Now, Snyder is a sought-after influencer and motivational speaker in Western sports, captivating audiences with her inspiring journey.

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Recent update on the courageous rider

Recently, around 275 people in North Platte were moved by her presentation, witnessing firsthand the resilience and triumph over adversity that defines Snyder’s narrative. But her love for horses led her to barrel racing at the age of seven. A rising star in junior and high school rodeos, she clinched numerous titles.

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Post-2010, in 2015, Amberley Snyder not only competed but almost clinched victory, falling short by a mere 0.6 seconds. A roaring crowd of over 40,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, rewarded her effort with a standing ovation. Today, she remains an active participant in barrel racing within the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, earning qualifications in 2021 & 2022 for the wilderness circuit. Her journey from adversity to triumph still continues to inspire and captivate audiences.

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Harshita Chawla

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Harshita Chawla is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Having contributed to a college magazine as a sports writer, she comes with an opulent knowledge of content creation for the sports industry. From creating insightful content about alpine skiing to covering various avenues of gymnastics, Harshita brings versatility to her writing.
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Sampurna Pal

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