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Amberley Snyder      

Paralyzed Barrel Racer

Amberley was born in California as the second to six children. Amberley fell in love with horses at a young age and began barrel racing when her family moved to Utah at her age of 7. She competed in junior rodeos and up into high school, winning multiple titles and awards. Her senior year she finished as the National Little Britches World All Around Cowgirl. Amberley was also serving as the Utah FFA State President in 2009. In January of 2010, Amberley was involved in a rollover truck accident, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Eighteen months after that day, with a seatbelt on her saddle, she returned to competing in rodeo. She now competes in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association in the barrel racing. Amberley has earned her place competing amongst professional barrel racers and has won multiple awards with the Cowboy and Cowgirl Hall of Fames. In 2018, Netflix released a movie based on her life titled Walk Ride Rodeo where Amberley was able to be her own stunt double for the film. Amberley shares her story of triumph over tragedy hoping she can motivate others to believe in themselves and get back on the horse.


Speech Topics

Walk Ride Rodeo

An inspirational message about Amberley’s life journey before and after a tragic accident, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Her goals in physical therapy were “Walk, Ride, Rodeo.” Her message of faith and determination will open your heart to the possibilities of happiness regardless of your life situation while motivating you to set the goals to overcome the challenges thrown in your path.

Little Moments

Life’s little moments can become the biggest parts of our journey. Amberley shares a motivational message of how the little moments in her life have shaped her into a successful speaker and rodeo competitor. She incorporates her story of a life changing accident that took her path in an unexpected direction. Her speech will take you through the emotional journey of triumph over tragedy.

Get Back On The Horse

Amberley shares her experience from living the perfect life to it all crashing in an instant. A rollover accident leaving her paralyzed changes everything. She learns how accepting help and serving others can be such an important part of life. Amberley shows how life knocked her down, but with the help of her family, friends and faith she has worked to “get back on the horse.”

Short Topic List

(Any of the following topics can be incorporated to focus points into the messages above)

  • Bullying
  • Safety
  • Goal Setting
  • Perseverance
  • Resilience
  • Service
  • Faith
  • Fear
  • Attitude
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Disability awareness

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