PHOTOSHOOT DATESLOCATIONS OCTOBER 16, 17, 18, 2021 WEST ranch, new underwood, SOUTH DAKOTA The actual image which was my inspiration for AMBER’S painting was taken at the West Ranch on Day 3 of the photoshoots
aMBER wEST was on-boarded into the line-up as American Cowgirl #25 on SEPTEMBER 30th, 2021
why I believe
My daughter Jaycie was kicked in the head by a horse when she was just five years old. Since the Children’s Miracle Network provides specialized equipment to hospitals, we were able to receive the highest level of treatment for Jaycie at the Rapid City Hospital less than an hours drive from our ranch compared to the several hundred if we had to cross state lines. I cannot say enough about the love and care that Jaycie received to get her through brain surgery and reconstruction, and on the road back to regaining her health to lead a normal life. After all of this, Jaycie was chosen by the Children’s Miracle Network the following year as the Miracle Kid of the Year. This was a wonderful experience as we were gifted a trip to Disney World and also to Washington, DC where we met President Obama. The Children’s Miracle Network is very dear to our hearts for all they do in raising funds to help children.
Amber was born in the northern panhandle town of Perryton, Texas. Her parents were originally from Colorado, and when Amber was very young, the family moved back to Colorado where she spent most of her early years growing up. While in high school, Amber lived with her grandparents, and her mastery of skills in horsemanship came through training from her grandmother Ardith Bruce, who was an acclaimed barrel horse trainer and the WPRA World Champion barrel racer in 1964 . Amber traveled with her grandmother across the country as she put on barrel racing clinics and obtained all of the skills that her grandmother shared. Amber’s aspirations landed her a career with a noted cutting horse trainer where she took on the role as a loper. Amber was travelling once again and earning the high end of the quarter horse cutting business. She spent two years here before realizing how much she missed the thrill of barrel racing. She also devoted two years to studies at Idaho State University majoring in Biology. After returning to Colorado, she met her husband Zach, who was from South Dakota. The two of them married and took up homesteading in South Dakota and started their family. Amber and Zach have two children, Jaycie and Easton, and they live just outside of Hereford, which is about 50 miles due east of Sturgis. They raise their cow/calf operation on 15,000 acres of land that is crossed by the Belle Fourche River and is renowned in its deep history once called the Mooney Ranch. Their two children continue to support the family operations after school and on weekends. Amber continues to train and raise barrel horses on the ranch.Amber has served on the WPRA Board of the Directors for the Black Hills region, coordinating rodeo events, safety conditions, and awards. Her advanced skills as a ranching Cowgirl is exemplified by her organizational abilities, roping, branding, understanding and reading both cattle and horses. She prides herself in training her horses as multi-function in both barrel horses and ranch duties.Amber has devoted countless hours in ensuring that her children continue the legacy of the Western way of life.