October 5, 2023
The Passion for Pigs Seminar and Trade Show is set for Nov. 29 in Sedalia, Missouri. The event will kick off at 7 a.m. at the Mathewson Exhibition Center at the Missouri State Fair Grounds.
This year's Debbie Patterson – 2023 Keynote Address is Amberley Snyder, a southern California girl born to ride. Snyder and her five siblings resided in the region during her dad’s Major League Baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. At the age of three, she began riding lessons and developed an unyielding passion for horses.
After her dad’s retirement from baseball, the family moved to Utah. Snyder 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 her rodeo career.
On Jan. 10, 2010, Snyder was on her way to the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo. As she was passing through Sinclair, Wyoming she took a look down at her map. After only seconds she looked up and realized she had faded into the other lane, headed towards a metal beam. In an effort to get back in her lane, Snyder overcorrected. Her truck slid off the road and rolled and she was ejected from the vehicle. She was slammed into a fence post that broke her back and immediately she lost feeling in her legs.
After five hours of emergency surgery the doctor’s prognosis was she would never regain use or feeling below her waist. He told her if she had worn her seatbelt, she would still have use of her legs.
The one mistake she made that day changed her life forever, but it has not defeated her competitive spirit. The top priority for Snyder was not even to walk, but to ride her horses again. Remarkably four months after the accident, she was back on her horse.
Advanced single and group ticket pricing is now available until Nov. 1.
For more information about the Passion for Pigs Seminar and Trade Show, please visit the website. A full agenda will be available soon.
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