Cambry Kaylor

At age 18, Cambry Kaylor was an elite athlete, and like most teenagers, busy pursuing her dreams. The biggest, to become an international competitor in Equestrian Vaulting, a combination of dance and gymnastics performed on the back of a cantering horse. Cambry found the sport of vaulting at the age of 8, and during her 10 year career, she competed for vaulting clubs in Washington, California, and Utah. She found her passion, but in 2005 Cambry took a tragic fall.

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During a dismount, she miscommunicated with her partner, catching her foot in his uniform, over rotating onto her back, severing her spinal cord and breaking her back in 2 locations. The result was paralysis from the waist down. After weeks of physical and emotional struggle in a spinal cord rehabilitation center, and with doctors and psychologists telling her it was too soon, Cambry entered college, the dorm, her new life in a wheelchair, and with tears in her eyes, she was lifted back onto a horse, "it was like having legs again."

Cambry quickly began riding and training again, going onto to medal in various para- dressage events, founding an equestrian club, earning her masters degree, to name a few. After her accident, many of her dreams seemed unattainable, but with the right outlook and help from others she has learned that her life is as bright as she lets it be. 

All too often we restrict ourselves from greatness based on our own perceptions or those created by others. It is so easy to become a “victim” in today’s society and accept failure. The Nametags message provides a new perspective and tools for resilience – that will lead to excellence. It is an honor to represent the Nametags program and share it’s empowering message with others."

Highlights

  • Masters Degree from University of Utah, Occupational Therapy 
  • Gold Team Medalist at the 2015 North American Junior & Young Rider Championships in Para-Dressage, Grade 1b 
  • Gold Individual Freestyle Medalist at the 2015 North American Junior & Young Rider Championships in Para-Dressage, Grade 1b 
  • Silver Individual Medalist at the 2015 North American Junior & Young Rider Championships in Para-Dressage, Grade 1b 
  • Style Award Recipient at North American Junior & Young Rider Championships Coached 11 National Equestrian Vaulting Champions (ages 8-18) 
  • Founder and Executive Director, Technique Equestrian Vaulting Club 
  • American Vaulting Association Apprentice Judge 
  • Occupational Therapist at Primary Children's Hospital Salt Lake City, UT 

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