Humans have an incredible quality of persevering in the face of insurmountable odds. While bad things happen to everyone, some get the worst share of it. And it is from the struggles and the triumphs of these people that we get the most inspiring stories. Netflix’s latest film, ‘Walk. Ride. Rodeo’ follows the story of one such person who refused to bow down to the conditions that life put on what she could or couldn’t do. If you have been feeling down, or are losing faith in yourself because of a string of failures, then this film should give you a shot of encouragement. Amberley Snyder’s story will teach you how will-power and dedication will get you exactly where you want to be, no matter how much the rest of the world doubts your abilities. Going into the discussion of the film, there’ll be a lot of details ahead, and if you haven’t yet seen the film, then I suggest you stop here and come back after you’ve finished watching it.
Saddle up! SPOILERS AHEAD.
Summary of the Plot
The film begins with a young girl, on her horse, ready to rodeo the next barrel race. From the looks of it, she is a pro at it, and she is just 19. The future is very bright for Amberley Snyder as she looks over her options, working out the balance between rodeoing and attending college. Her whole family appears athletic. Her father manages a baseball team and is currently in Hawaii, while her siblings have their own achievements, especially her younger sister Autumn, who is also beginning to show some talent for the rodeo. Amberley packs up her bags to leave for two weeks, “working retail at the National Western Stock Show” because she needs the money for her pro permit. She packs her bags and drives away. But, on the way, she needs to look at the map, for which she takes off her seatbelt. A second’s distraction from the road leads to a horrifying accident in which she is thrown out of her car and gets seriously injured. After the surgery, she is told that one of her vertebrae has been crushed, due to which she will never walk again. For the time being, it seems like riding and rodeoing will become a thing of the past for Amberley. But, for someone who “could ride a horse before they could walk”, giving in can never be an option.
Who is Amberley Snyder?
Born in southern California, Amberley Snyder had the advantage of growing up in a family of athletes. Her father had a successful baseball career, and perhaps it was his sportsmanship that was passed down to his children. When she was just three years old, Amberley’s riding lessons began and after that, there was no turning back. By the time she was nineteen, she had already won the Little Britches World Championship. Even though the film mainly focuses on barrel racing, Snyder had also participated in events like pole bending, breakaway roping and goat tying.
In case you are not familiar with any of the above-mentioned events, here is a concise gist for you. Goat tying, as its name suggests, involves riding into the arena, catch a goat that is there somewhere, and tie three of its legs. After you have finished, the goat should remain tied for the next six seconds. This event doesn’t count as a professional rodeo event. Breakaway roping is an advanced version of goat tying. For starters, a calf is used in it, and it is given a proper head start before the rider can chase it and try to throw a lasso around its neck. Pole bending doesn’t involve any animals, other than the horse. There are a number of poles lined up along the way and the rider has to run through it following a serpentine path. In all these events, including barrel racing, the fastest rider wins. Timing is all the game here. Barrel racing involves three barrels set in the arena, with the rider’s task being to finish a cloverleaf pattern around it in the smallest time window.