Some of the state’s top barrel racers will be competing in the Melanie Christinson Memorial Race on Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Green River Saddle Club in Auburn. will host the annual barrel race to honor the life of Melanie Christianson and raise funds for paralysis recovery.
Gates open at 8 a.m. with races to follow at 11 a.m.The Green River Saddle Club is located at 16321 SE Lake Holm Road, Auburn.
Enumclaw resident Christianson grew up on a horse, dedicating endless hours to the arena and the sport she loved. In 2010 Christianson 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, Washington State’s only rehabilitative exercise therapy recovery center. At Pushing Boundaries, she 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 Melanie Christianson Memorial 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. Event will be held rain or shine.