A Paralyzed Rider’s Mission to Become World Champion

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Paralyzed in a car accident days before her 18th birthday, Amberley Snyder grew up racing rodeo horses and dreamed of becoming a world champion barrel racer. Despite a medical prognosis that she may never walk again, Snyder motivated herself to get back on her horse.

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Now, when she isn’t giving motivational speeches she competes in rodeos, her dream of becoming world champion is still going strong.

The accident confined Snyder’s body to a wheelchair, but not her professional barrel-riding aspirations.“After my accident, those goals didn’t change. It just took me a little longer to get to it,” said Snyder.

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Once in the hospital, her doctors said she’d never ride again. Her spinal injury was complete and allowed no movement or sensation to the lower half of her bodyUndeterred, Snyder began physical therapy and working once again towards her lifelong goal.Four months later, she got back into the saddle for the first time.

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