Barrel racing honors memory of Enumclaw’s Christianson

Melanie died in 2013, but family and friends continue to organize the annual Melanie Christianson Memorial Race to honor her legacy.

Some of the state’s top barrel racers will compete Saturday to honor the late Melanie Christianson and raise funds for paralysis recovery.

The 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, a drive to tackle new challenges took her to Pushing Boundaries, this 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 died 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.

This year’s event comes Saturday, Aug. 11, at Green River Saddle Club in Auburn. The gates will open at 8 a.m. and races start at 11. The Saddle Club is at 16321 S.E. Lake Holm Rd., Auburn.

A silent auction and concessions will be available.

More information about the event can be found at: http://pushing-boundaries.org/melanie-christianson-memorial-barrel-race.

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