Amberley Snyder was born in January of 1991 in southern California. Amberley and her five siblings lived there during her dad’s Major League Baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.At the age of three, Amberley began riding lessons and developed an unyielding passionfor horses. After her dad’s retirement from baseball, the family moved to Utah. Amberley 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 Amberley’s rodeo career.
Through all the challenges and adversity Amberley has had to face, it hasn’t stopped herfrom achieving any of her goals. In May of 2015 Amberley 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. Amberley’s hard work ethic hasn’t wavered, and one could argue has even gotten stronger. After the accident Amberley 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. She would perform everyday tasks that have now become more challenging, but not impossible, after her accident. These range from how she getson her horse to how she fills her truck up with fuel and her short videos have become a popular fan favorite on social media resulting in nearly 200K fans on Facebook.
Amberley now is inspiring thousands across America by telling her inspirational story and competing in rodeos acrossthe western United States. She has let the challenges she faces refine her, not define her.
Walk Ride Rodeo: A Story About Amberley Snyderby Amberley Snyder - Illustrations by Gabriel Krekk
This is a story of a cowgirl whose love for horses overpowered all challenges put in her path.Her rodeo career began at a young age and her future was destined for success. A car accident changed Amberley's life at age eighteen, leaving her paralyzed. Her challenges and victories are shared as a part of Amberley's journey.
amberley snyder was on-boarded into the line-up as American Cowgirl #13 on DECEMBER 12, 2014PHOTOSHOOT DATESLOCATIONS July 19, 2015 ogden pioneer days - ogden, utah august 7 & 8, 2016 snyder RANCH - elk ridge, utahThe actual image which was my inspiration for amberley’s painting was taken at the snyder ranch, elk ridge, utah
Amberley shares her experience in the American Cowgirls Project
WHY I BELIEVE
The Mission Statement for the Amberley Snyder Freedom Foundation is to support and help kids and young adults with disabilities work towards their independence and for the fulfullment to enjoy a piece of Freedom.