Tough Enough!

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I’d like to tell you today about a young woman who is one of my heros. Her name is Amberly Snyder and she’s as tough as they come.

Amberly started riding horses when she was three and has been rodeoing since she was seven. She worked hard and became good at it, really good. She’s qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo as well as the National Little Britches Finals where she won the Finals and World All-Around titles as well as finishing in the top 6 in Pole Bending, Goat Tying and Breakaway Roping. What a feat.

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That changed in an instant. On the way to Denver for the rodeo, she looked down at her map, lost control and was involved in an accident. After a five hour surgery, the doctors broke the bad news. She’d never walk again and she’d never rodeo again.

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Apparently, they didn’t convince her. Using a seat belt, Velcro and other straps, she’s figured out how to ride, rope and barrel race and she’s winning again.

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This young woman epitomizes Try.

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Who’s your tough hero? Who encourages you to try harder and not give up?