A Utah State University barrel racing champion has become a miracle rider. The 23 year old was once told by doctors she would never ride again but now she’s not only riding she’s winning. In early 2010 Amberley Snyder was at the top of her game in barrel racing and roping, she was on her way to a competition when she crashed her truck and flew through the window. Doctors told her her riding days where over; but that didn’t stop her from getting back on the saddle.
Amberley has two horses: Power, her barrel racer, and Wrangler, her calf roping horse. In order to ride them Amberley built her own custom saddle and learned to saddle up by herself. Amberley said, “When I get on my horse I get to leave my wheelchair at the trailer, I get to be like everybody else. My horse becomes my legs, I get to run a barrel pattern or rope a calf like every other girl there.”
Amberley started riding when she was 3 years old and won her first competition at 7. At 18 years old she was at the top of her game. But then, on January 10, 2010 her life changed forever. She had an accident paralyzing her from the waist down.
Amberley said, “Honestly it was harder for me to hear I wouldn’t ride again than it was for me to hear I wouldn’t walk again.” But Amberley wasn’t about to call it quits. She worked hard and eventually got back on that saddle. Through the months and years she has retrained Power and Wrangler to respond to her sounds rather than her legs.