Middle Fork of the Powder River through the Red Wall © Dave Stoetzel
A Long Tradition of Prayer Breakfasts
The origin of the National Prayer Breakfast is traced back to prayer groups with business and civic leaders in Seattle, organized by Abraham Vereide in the 1930s. Today, the National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington, D.C., usually on the first Thursday in February. The event—which is actually a series of meetings, luncheons, and dinners—has taken place since 1953. It is attended by some 3,500 guests and hosted by members of the United States Congress.
Since the inception of the National Prayer Breakfast, several U.S. states and cities and other countries have established their own annual prayer breakfast events. Wyoming's Governor's Prayer Breakfast has been held for more than 70 years. Last year's event was held virtually in conjunction with Wyoming PBS.
Additionally, the National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, May 5, 2022. Visit nationaldayofprayer.org for details.
Amberley was born in California as the second to six children. Amberley fell in love with horses at a young age and began barrel racing when her family moved to Utah at her age of 7. She competed in junior rodeos and up into high school, winning multiple titles and awards. Her senior year she finished as the National Little Britches World All Around Cowgirl. Amberley was also serving as the Utah FFA State President in 2009.
In January of 2010, Amberley was involved in a rollover truck accident in Sinclair, Wyoming, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Eighteen months after that day, with a seatbelt on her saddle, she returned to competing in rodeo. She now competes in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association in the barrel racing. Amberley has earned her place competing amongst professional barrel racers and has won multiple awards with the Cowboy and Cowgirl Hall of Fames.
In 2018, Netflix released a movie based on her life titled Walk Ride Rodeo where Amberley was able to be her own stunt double for the film. Amberley shares her story of triumph over tragedy hoping she can motivate others to believe in themselves and get back on the horse.