About Rebecca Farm
The Event at Rebecca Farm has become one of the largest competitions of its kind in the United States and was an important step to competing in the 2012 London Olympics. The nation's best horses and riders compete alongside horses and riders of all ages and levels from across the continent, with free admission for spectators.
The sport of Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon with historic military ties meant to replicate what a horse and rider would go through in the cavalry. The horse and rider compete as a partnership in all aspects of horsemanship to complete the three tests as a team, with their cumulative performance determining their final standing.
Dressage is designed to test obedience and the harmony between horse and rider. Cross-country is designed to test endurance with horses running long distances at high rates of speed. It also tests courage, boldness, confidence, and stamina of both horse and rider. Show jumping examines precision, agility, and technique while jumping over high obstacles and turning when the rider commands it. It is also a test of condition and focus after completing the dressage and cross-country phases.
For twenty five years before Rebecca Farm, locals and non-locals alike had trailered their horses to Herron Park. In time, however, the competition outgrew the grounds. The lack of additional acreage hampered continued growth. With this lack of space in mind, the Broussard Family had long envisioned creating a top equestrian facility for not only the Northwest, but the nation. After 16 years of Eventing at Herron Park, it was time to pass the torch.
After years of searching for the perfect place, the Broussard's purchased a 640-acre parcel of land in the vast valley north of Kalispell in 2000. No time was wasted as construction of arenas, barns, outbuildings, and a show office began. Captain Mark Phillips, a world-renowned course designer, was flown in from England to design the cross-country course.
The inaugural competition in 2002 at Rebecca Farm was a huge success with over 150 competitors. In 2004, The Event became a USEF and USEA recognized Gold Cup Series and a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Cup Eventing competition. During the first year as a World Cup Qualifier, The Event drew 380 competitors, a 200 rider increase from 2003. By 2009, The Event had well over 500 entries with 421 of those riders competing all four days. 2011 was one of 12 three-star (***) competitions in the U.S. and an important competition for athletes vying to go to the London Olympics in 2012.