The Green River Saddle Club hosts the Melanie Christianson Memorial Race on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Some of Washington’s top barrel racers compete to honor the life of Christianson and raise funds for paralysis recovery.
Racing start at 11 a.m., with gates opening at 8, at the club’s arena, 16321 SE Lake Holm Road, Auburn.
Christianson, an Enumclaw resident, grew up on a horse, dedicating endless hours to the arena and the sport she loved. In 2010 she was critically injured while competing, sustained a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the chest down. In the aftermath of her injury, it was Christianson’s drive and ambition that helped her face new challenges. Christianson’s drive took her to Pushing Boundaries, a rehabilitative exercise therapy recovery center. There, Christianson worked hard to re-strengthen her body and regain function. She also became a motivator to other clients who were facing their own challenges.
Christianson passed away in 2013, but her passion continues through family and friends, who organize the annual race to honor her legacy. The event also raises funds for Pushing Boundaries, so that individuals with paralysis have the opportunity to push the boundaries of their recovery.
Silent auction and concessions will also be available.
For more information, see pushing-boundaries.org/melanie-christianson-memorial-barrel-race.