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“She’s never been afraid to ride,” Amber said. “She rides very well.”

Jaycie competed in her first barrel race eight months after the accident. She now rides a horse named Miss Muffet and has qualified for the 4-H Rodeo Finals.

“There’s times she wins more money than I do,” Amber said laughing.

Like any parent, she said she’s still nervous when her children are doing anything dangerous.

“My son is 9 and all boy,” Amber said. “He rides and drives everything, works cattle and rides and ropes and it terrifies me.

“You can’t put them in bubble wrap,” she said. “I know how quickly life can change. Just be prepared. Use safety precautions and have faith in God that they will be OK.”


Information from: Rapid City Journal,