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Rise with Roswell speaker inspires

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Inspiration speaker and rodeo champion Amberley Snyder was the guest speaker at the Rise with Roswell 2018 Agriculture Breakfast on Thursday. In 2009, Synder, 18 at the time, was a straight-A student in Utah with several college scholarship offers and a rising star in competitive rodeo. While traveling to Denver on Jan. 10, 2010, Snyder rolled her pickup truck and was ejected from the vehicle. She was slammed into a fence post that broke her back and immediately she lost feeling in her legs. Even though she was restricted to a wheelchair, Synder was determined to ride horses and compete again. She was back in the saddle 18 months later and is once again is a rodeo champion. She now holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and a master’s degree in school counseling. Snyder demonstrated to the crowd of around 200 what she called the “Bag of Life,” in which someone pulls an object randomly from the bag and then responds to it. Ruben Olivas pulled out a toy chicken and responded by performing a brief chicken dance. Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh, right, is awaiting his turn to pull something from the “Bag of Life.” The Rise with Roswell breakfast is held every year at the Eastern New Mexico Fair Grounds to celebrate the contributions of agriculture to Chaves County. For 2016, total cash receipts for all livestock was $424,570,000 and total receipts for all crops was $56,292,000. There are 595 farm/ranch units in Chaves County. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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