Some of the state’s top barrel racers compete in the Melanie Christianson Memorial Race on Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Green River Saddle Club, 16321 SE Lake Holm Road, Auburn.
Gates open at 8 a.m., with racing to follow at 11.
The race honors the life of Christianson, an Enumclaw resident who grew up on a horse, dedicating endless hours to the arena and the sport that she loved.
Christianson was critically injured while competing in 2010, sustaining a spinal cord injury that paralyzed her from the chest down. In the aftermath of her injury, it was Christianson’s drive and ambition that helped her face new challenges. That drive took her to Pushing Boundaries, a rehabilitative exercise therapy recovery center in Redmond, where Christianson worked to strengthen her body and regain function. She also became a motivator to other clients who were facing their own challenges.
Christianson died in 2013, but her passion continues through family and friends who organize the annual race.
The event will raise funds for Pushing Boundaries, helping others with paralysis recovery.
A silent auction, vendors, concessions and games for children will be offered at the race.
For more information about the event, visit pushing-boundaries.org.