A few nights ago, my boyfriend and I decided to watch Walk. Ride. Rodeo on Netflix. We selected the film because of our interest in rodeo, and a few minutes in, we quickly learned that this movie is about a lot more than barrel racing.
Depicting the true story of Amberley Snyder, Walk. Ride. Rodeo tells the story of an 18-year-old woman whose life takes a drastic turn after she is involved in a vehicle accident. Amberley is portrayed as a gifted barrel racer, well on her way to success in the rodeo world. After being ejected from her truck in an accident and being thrown into a fence post, however, Amberley is told that she is paralyzed from the waist down and will never walk again.
As you can likely imagine, this movie is a seriously emotional story. It realistically illustrates the ups and downs Amberley and her family experience in the aftermath of the accident, emphasizing the influence a positive attitude can have in a devastating situation.
Four months after her accident, Amberley was back on her horse, Power, and she continues to barrel race competitively to this day.
I wanted to do a bit of research about Amberley, and I came across her website, which I highly recommend checking out. In addition to her involvement with rodeo, she also works as a motivational speaker, and “in May of 2015 Amberley graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education (and) in 2018, she earned her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Utah State University,” her website says. Further, “she was voted the fan exemption contestant at the world’s richest one day rodeo, comparable to the Super Bowl, RFD-TV’s The American. She competed with the best in the industry and received a standing ovation from over 40,000 fans in AT&T Stadium and won over the hearts of America.”
I cannot begin to describe just how incredible this woman’s story is. Walk. Ride. Rodeo is absolutely worth the watch, and I imagine Amberley will be an inspiration for many around the world as she progresses in her life journey.
Image from http://www.amberleysnyder.org/my-story/