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Amberley Snyder      

Paralyzed Barrel Racer

Amberley Snyder was born in January of 1991 in southern California. She and her five siblings lived there during her dad’s Major League Baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. At the age of three, Sydney began riding lessons and developed an unyielding passion for horses. After her dad’s retirement from baseball, the family moved to Utah. She was seven years old and would only comply if she was promised a barrel racing horse when she got there, she got her wish, and that was the beginning of Snyder’s rodeo career.

Growing up, Snyder’s family environment was very competitive. Her siblings participated in everything from sports to gymnastics, but she found her niche in rodeo. Before long, she was competing in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, and goat tying. In 2009, she qualified for the National High School Finals in the pole bending and won the National Little Britches Rodeo Association All-Around Cowgirl World Championship. Snyder was very active in FFA during her adolescent years, and in 2010 was elected the Utah FFA State President. The leadership and communication skills she gained in the organization have been invaluable to her and thus the organization is very dear to her.

On January 10th, 2010 Snyder was on her way to the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo. As she was passing through Sinclair, WY she took a look down at her map. After only seconds she looked up and realized she had faded into the other lane, headed towards a metal beam. In an effort to get back in her lane, Snyder overcorrected. Her truck slid off the road and rolled and she was ejected from the vehicle. She was slammed into a fence post that broke her back and immediately she lost feeling in her legs.

After five hours of emergency surgery the doctor’s prognosis was she would never regain use or feeling below her waist. He told her if she had worn her seatbelt, she would still have use of her legs. The one mistake she made that day changed her life forever, but it has not defeated her competitive spirit. The top priority for Snyder was not even to walk, but to ride her horses again. Remarkably after only 4 months after the accident, she was back on her horse.

In May of 2015, Snyder graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education. In 2018, she earned her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Utah State University.

After the accident, Snyder realized she had a unique opportunity to reach out and inspire people with her unconventional situation. Her first step to that was her “Wheel Chair Wednesday’s” video segments on social media. These ranged from how she gets on her horse to how she fills her truck up with fuel. Her short videos have become a popular fan favorite on social media resulting in nearly 200K fans on Facebook.

Snyder now is inspiring thousands across America by telling her inspirational story and competing in rodeos across the western United States. She has let the challenges she faces refine her, not define her.

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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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