About Rebecca Farm
History of The Event
The Event at Rebecca Farm started with a dedicated crew of local eventers who loved the local venue, Herron Park, but knew that more was possible. The inaugural competition in 2002 put Rebecca Farm on the map. It was a huge success with over 250 competitors. In 2004, The Event became a USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) and USEA (United States Eventing Association) recognized Gold Cup Series and a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Cup eventing competition. Read more.
The most dangerous of any eventing element, not only does cross country test a horse’s jumping ability, it also demands a high level of trust between horse and rider. The rider is the only one to have seen the course prio competition, so the horse must trust the rider in order to execute the obstacle or question. In turn, riders must understand what their horses are capable of jumping in order to complete the course. Read more
To complete this final phase with finesse, riders need athletic horses in excellent physical condition, particularly after the more grueling cross-country. Though it is hard to get out of this final event phase with a perfect score, champions are typically made by jumping “clear” and without incurring time or fault penalties. Read more
U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) President Kevin Baumgardner summed it up when he said, “She is, hands down, the most important person in Eventing in the Western United States and arguably the most important person in Eventing in the entire nation.”
Rebecca Broussard, a visionary in the world of Equestrian Eventing and the founder of The Event at Rebecca Farm, died on Dec. 24, 2010, after a brave battle with cancer. Becky had long talked about her love of helping riders in the West compete on the world stage and her vision included the historic possibility of bringing riders from Europe to Montana in the future. In 2010, she helped organize a historic flight of 18 horses from the East Coast, including many Olympians, who competed at her namesake Event.
Becky was a member of PEO, an international association that supports education for women, and involved in the Flathead Festival, Glacier Chorale & Symphony, Backcountry Horsemen, Human Therapy on Horseback, Whitefish Winter Classic, and the local Eventing association. She established a million-dollar scholarship fund at Flathead Valley Community College, was a major supporter of the Kentucky Horse Park, served on the international committee for The World Equestrian Games, and supported dozens of local charities such as Shepherd’s Hand and the United Way.
In Becky’s memory, the Broussard family launched The Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grants in 2011, offering an unprecedented $250,000 fund through the United States Eventing Association Endowment Trust. Over the following five years, the Trust offered an annual $50,000 training and competition grant to developing riders who were successfully competing at the advanced level. The grant represented the fulfillment of Becky’s desire to help riders achieve the goal of representing the U.S. in international team competition.
“My mom touched the Eventing careers of so many riders,” said her daughter, Sarah Broussard. “She will truly be missed, but she has left behind a legacy that will live on forever, not only at The Event at Rebecca Farm, but through all of the lives that she has touched that will keep her and her memory alive.”
In 2015, Rebecca was inducted posthumously into the United States Eventing Association Hall of Fame in recognition of her tireless efforts to advance and promote the sport of Eventing and to encourage and develop U.S. riders. Her family accepted the honor on her behalf.