Halt Cancer at X
Early detection saves lives!
Rebecca Farm is about more than just horses… We care about the well being and spirit of our community, as well as national research which will find a cure for Breast Cancer!
In memory of The Event’s Founder, Rebecca Broussard, her daughter, Sarah Broussard, launched “Halt Cancer at X” in 2012 to raise money for breast cancer research. The name comes from the equestrian dressage test — where the first movement is for the rider to halt the horse at a station marked "X" in the arena.
Donations in the form of competitors' pledges, auction proceeds, tax-deductible contributions, parking donations and other imaginative fundraising are infused back into Flathead Valley community outreach programs and to national research projects working toward a cure. Since 2012, Montana Equestrian Events, through Halt Cancer at X, has awarded nearly $720,000 in total grants to local organizations and research projects.
“We’re thrilled to take this great platform we have created and make it mean something more to the world,” said Sarah Broussard.
Help us fight breast cancer!
Please make a donation to Halt Cancer at X today.
Your generosity will support national research working toward a cure for breast cancer, local community outreach programs, and breast cancer awareness.
You may donate by credit card with our online form by clicking on the HC@X logo below.
You may also mail a check to:
Montana Equestrian Events, Inc.,
PO Box 595, Whitefish, MT 59937
Please make checks payable to Montana Equestrian Events. (memo: HCX donation)
We have set a philanthropic precedent in the equestrian world with our Halt Cancer at X initiative and we could not do it without you.
Thank you for your support!
Halt Cancer at X Community Grants for 2020
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the traditional Halt Cancer at X Community Grant Celebration did not take place in October, but we’re pleased to announce that grants totaling $25,200 were made to the four special organizations identified below.
Northwest Montana Chicks-n-Chaps was awarded $8000 by Halt Cancer at X to provide financial assistance to Flathead Valley families affected by breast cancer. Their goal is to offer a respite from financial stress, while providing comfort and hope.
Casting for Recovery received $3000 to apply to costs of a quality of life, fly-fishing retreat that is offered at no charge to women fighting breast cancer. The retreat offers breast cancer education, counseling to support emotional well being, and camaraderie with others of shared experience, in addition to basic fly-fishing instruction.
Wings Regional Center received $8000 from Halt Cancer at X which they will use to assist individuals with out-of-pocket expenses, such as lodging, transportation and meals, incurred while traveling to appointments for their breast cancer treatment.
KRH Cancer Support & Survivorship (CSS) is dedicated to providing emotional support, education and hope for survivors and their loved ones, free of charge. Halt Cancer awarded $5000 to CSS for their Active Outings Program, which gives participants an opportunity to connect with others while enjoying outdoor activities, and $1200 to develop their on-line community.
HOW TO APPLY
We are now accepting applications for community grants. If you are interested in applying, please download the guidelines and application and submit all required documents prior to deadline.
The application deadline for Community Grants is October 1, 2020
Guidelines and Application (PDF)
Description: Alison Heppner, Operations Coordinator, is looking for a summer assistant. This part-time seasonal job would start the beginning to middle of June and last until July 29th. This flexible job is 3-4 days a week and 4-6 hours a day.
At least 16 years of age
Excellent work ethic
No previous experience is required.
Duties include, but not limited to:
Double checking information in spreadsheets
Checking inventory for shirts and other items
Inputting information into online filing systems
Organize and put together pre arrival packets
Run errands as needed.
The ideal candidate is: Eager and excited to make an impact this summer. They are reliable and flexible.
Pay Range: $10-$12 per hour, depending on experience
About Rebecca Farm:
Rebecca Farm is on Farm to Market Road in Northwest Kalispell. Annually each summer Rebecca Farm becomes the center of the international eventing community, hosting the world class equestrian event known as “The Event”. This year The Event is July 21st-25th, 2020.
To Apply: Serious inquires only. If interested contact Alison Heppner: (406) 253-4666, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For easy 24/7 online option and/or payment by credit card, you can submit your application and agreement online with the links below.
For Printable pdf's and pay by check. Use the links below.
The Flathead Valley has faced unseasonably warm temperatures this month, yet we have been hoping for snow leading into the event. Hauling in snow was a consideration, but unfortunately there isn't any to be brought in.
Thank you to every sponsor, volunteer, competitor and spectator involved with, or planning to attend, Skijoring at Rebecca Farm. We are deeply saddened not to be celebrating the last weekend of 2019 together with you, but wish you Happy Holidays.
Save the Date, Skijoring Returns to Rebecca Farm,
December 28-29, 2019 .
Rebecca Farm is excited to present their 3rd annual skijoring competition on the weekend of December 28th- 29th.This will be the first race of the 2020 Skijoring Season, ensuring that many top skiers, riders and horses from Flathead Valley and the entire Western Region will be on hand to compete. Enjoy the spirit of the holidays and come out for some family-friendly, cold weather fun!
Opening ceremonies will begin at noon on both days, followed closely by the start of this competition that will include Open, Sport, Novice and Costume Classes.
Joe Warner, the popular Western rodeo announcer, will be on hand to provide colorful commentary as horse and rider teams pull alpine skiers along a challenging, curved course, navigating gates, grabbing rings and soaring over snow jumps up to 6 feet high.
Competitors will race on Saturday and Sunday, vying for a piece of a total prize purse in excess of $10,000. A portion of the Saturday evening Calcutta proceeds will be donated to Halt Cancer at X, an initiative created by organizer Sarah Broussard that raises funds for breast cancer research and local nonprofits providing support services for cancer patients. For more information, visit rebeccafarm.org/halt-cancer.
This family-friendly event is open to the public and promises to be fun for all ages. Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under admitted for free. Spectators can enjoy the beautiful scenery and vistas of Rebecca Farm, while watching the fast-paced action. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from several local vendors.
Offsite Evening Events
Please join us Friday evening at The Brass Tap to register to compete, locate a teammate, and enjoy friendly camaraderie ahead of the next day’s fierce competition. Be sure to arrive thirsty and with an appetite, since The Brass Tap offers over 150 craft beers and a menu of delicious complimentary food items. Plenty of adjacent parking is available and horse trailers are welcome.
Please note that this Team Registration event is mandatory for all competitors. There will be no on-line registration this year, although blank forms will be available on-line if you’d like to complete them in advance and save time Friday evening.
Skijoring at Rebecca Farm will hold a Calcutta on Saturday night from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. at Midway Tavern, with Joe Warner serving as the auctioneer. The Calcutta is open to the public and all are welcome to join in the fun as teams from the Open, Sport, and Novice classes are auctioned off to the highest bidders.
Eighty percent (80%) of the money raised for each class will be paid out to the bidders who purchased the top three teams in each class, based on Sunday's race times. Come out to bid on your own team or on someone else you expect to place well. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Midway Tavern’s full bar and restaurant.
Sunday Evening - Awards
Where: First Avenue Taphouse
139 1st Avenue West, Kalispell, MT
When: Sunday, December 28 at 6pm
Who: Competitors, Calcutta winners, Volunteers, Friends and Fans
Come and celebrate as the winners of each class are announced and presented with their cash and swag prizes. Winning bids from Saturday evening’s Calcutta will also be paid out at this event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Class and Competition Criteria:
- OPEN CLASS (Pro) Teams are considered to be the highest skilled competitors with the fastest horses. A team consists of horse, rider and skier.
- SPORT CLASS (Amateur) Teams are considered to be intermediate level skill participants riding horses that may not be fast enough to be in the Open Class.
- NOVICE CLASS (Beginners) Teams are considered to be, new to the sport, beginning level competitors riding horses that may not have speed enough to be competitive in the Open or Sport Class.
Competitor Information Flyer (PDF)
Rules and Regulations for the 2020 Skijoring Season (PDF)
All competitors are required to attend Friday evening’s Team Registration at The Brass Tap (5pm-8pm) to complete registration paperwork, pay fees, and provide profiles for the announcer. Competitors will also receive instructions, team numbers, goody bags and parking passes for the competition. PDF forms will be available online and can be filled out prior to arrival.
- Open Class: $100/person
- Sport Class: $75/person
- Novice Class: $50/person
- Costume Class: $50/person
Use this link to print Registration Forms and/or make Reservations for Stabling at Rebecca Farm.
Looking for a skijoring teammate? Request access to our Facebook group and connect with others who want to team up. Click HERE to get started.
Will there be a junior competitor category? There will not be a junior competitor category but all ages are welcome to compete. Those under the age of 18 must wear a helmet and have a parent/guardian's written permission to participate.
Rebecca Farm is located just two miles west of Kalispell on over 600 picturesque acres of rolling hills surrounded by mountains. The Farm provides an ideal location for warmly bundled spectators to enjoy the exciting winter sport of skijoring. Designed to accommodate large sporting events, Rebecca Farm offers ample parking along with outstanding vantage points from which spectators can view the competition.
$5 per person, children 12 and under admitted free of charge.
Food and Beverage Concessions:
Several Food and Beverage vendors will be located on-site.
From the South:
Take Hwy 93 bypass north. Take Exit 5, Three Mile Drive. Turn left onto Three Mile Drive. Continue around bend to the right and when the road bends to the left (~1 mile) continue straight onto W. Springcreek Rd. Turn left at the T and immediately right to continue on W. Springcreek. The entrance to the farm (1010 W. Springcreek Rd.) is ~100 yards on the left. Follow drive until the fork and go right. Continue and you will see the course on your right. Spectator parking is on the left.
From the North:
Take Hwy 93 South. Turn right onto Reserve/Hwy 93 Bypass south. Take Exit 7, Old Reserve. Turn right onto Old Reserve. Continue straight through the roundabout. Continue straight for about 1 mile, then turn left onto W. Springcreek Rd. Entrance to the farm (1010 W. Springcreek Rd.) is 3/4 mile on the right. Follow drive until the fork and go right. Continue and you will see the course on your right. Spectator parking is on the left.
Friday, December 27th: Team Registration, 5-8pm, at The Brass Tap, 85 Treeline Rd, Kalispell.
Saturday, December 28th: Race Competition, First Go: Opening ceremony at noon, followed immediately by First Go, Rebecca Farm, 1010 W. Springcreek Rd Kalispell.
Calcutta Party, 7-10pm, at Midway Tavern, 1985 Hodgson Rd., Whitefish
Sunday, December 29th: Race Competition, Second Go:Opening ceremony at noon, followed immediately by Second Go, Rebecca Farm, 1010 W. Springcreek Rd, Kalispell.
Awards: 6pm at First Avenue Taphouse, 139 1st Avenue W., Kalispell
We are seeking volunteers to help with warm-up, course maintenance, starting gate, gatekeeping, back-up timing and a few other areas. Volunteers will need to arrive by 11:30am to receive instructions and get into position for the scheduled noon start of competition.
If you’d like to be part of our volunteer team for this exciting winter event, please use the link below to go to a SignUpGenius page where you can choose the day and job you’re interested in.
If you have questions or specific assignment requests not listed, you may also contact our volunteer coordinator Heidi directly at 406-270-3889 or RFdressageHeidi@gmail.com. Heidi will be in touch with all volunteers in late December.
Thank you for your support!
If you are attending The 2020 Event at Rebecca Farm as a groom, parent, coach, trainer, volunteer, officials, vendor or staff. Please follow links below to create you electronic release. Then register and submit the release to be on ground at Rebecca Farm.
Welcome to the Event at Rebecca Farm!
Each year, our team has the great privilege of welcoming North America’s top eventers to compete here at Rebecca Farm. This year we again look forward to hosting hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators. However, this year is a very special one, as it marks 30 years of sanctioned eventing in the Flathead Valley.
What started out as a grassroots operation organized by a small group of riders has grown into one of the largest equine triathlon competitions in North America. In the early days, competitions were held in a county park and the trade fair consisted of a single vendor. Spectators were mostly friends and family members, and the jumps were constructed by the competitors themselves out of everything from hay bales to cords of wood.
Things have changed a lot since then — we’ve relocated to the rolling grounds west of Kalispell and expanded to include a CCIL-4 star course. Today’s jumps are sophisticated and artfully designed, and we host hundreds of competitors rather than handfuls.
Even through all of the changes, our foundation has remained unchanged. The importance of the local community is paramount. Without help from our dedicated volunteers, generous local businesses and wonderful spectators, we would not be where we are today. Thanks to that support, we’ve been able to provide a home for upper-level eventing in the West. Over the years, The Event has also given back to the community. The Event brings millions of dollars into the Valley; non-profit Montana Equestrian Events has raised thousands more for cancer research and support services through its initiative, Halt Cancer at X.
We’re grateful to be part of such a giving community. Thank you for joining us for the 2019 Event at Rebecca Farm! We look forward to making the next 30 years as incredible as the first.
--Sarah Broussard, Event Organizer
The Event at Rebecca Farm Shopping Fair & Festival is a great opportunity to promote your business or organization to not only horse enthusiasts, but the general public as well.
Please download the shopping fair forms for more information on application conditions, pricing, and advertising. Space will only be reserved upon receipt of the Vendor Application form, the Vendor Agreement form, and full payment.
Shopping Fair & Festival
Come for the horses and stay for the shopping! With over 90 vendors from all over the Northwest and beyond, you’re sure to find something you love. Grab a bite to eat from one of our delectable food concessionaires—ranging from good ‘ol BBQ to Asian inspired cuisine. Cool down with homemade ice cream and shaved ice. The Shopping Fair & Festival runs all 4 days, Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring the entire family and come enjoy the Rebecca Farm Kid Zone, Friday, July 26th 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, July 27th 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 28th 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.! We offer pony rides, face painting/arts and crafts, and mini golf. Thank you to Whitefish Credit Union for sponsoring Stumptown Art Studio’s activities and mini golf.
The Pony Up Experience
Calling young horse enthusiasts! Join ponies Silver and Polly Pocket, along with the Whitefish Equestrian Center and Mountain View Farms, and learn all about our favorite four-legged friends during The 2019 Event at Rebecca Farm.
Pony Up, held in our Kid Zone, is open to the public and free to attend. Each fun, one-hour interactive session teaches a part of Horsemanship 101, such as how to approach a horse and mount/dismount; a demonstration of grooming tools and how to use each one; types of horses, including common colors and markings, and how to saddle.
In 2019, Pony Up! will be offered a first come, first serve basis similar to all other activities in our free Kid Zone. Pony Up will be located immediately adjacent to the pony rides. Kids who wish to participate in Pony Up must wear closed-toe footwear and a parent in attendance to observe throughout the hour-long class. We also encourage parents to provide their kiddos with a hat, sunscreen, and a full water bottle (which can easily be filled at the water station in the shopping faire).
Pony Up classes will be held Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. Each daily class is one hour and several classes are held per day for kids of all ages. Kids who attend a class each day will receive a special, horse-centric packet and Horsemanship 101 certificate. Classes will be held at the following times:
- 11 a.m.
- 1 p.m.
- 3 p.m.
- 11 a.m.
- 1 p.m.
- 3 p.m.
- 11 a.m.
- 1 p.m.
Pony Up registration coming soon!
Take a look at the volunteer job descriptions here: 2020 Volunteer Detailed Description (PDF) - Coming Soon
Please sign-up on Sign Up Genius using the button below.
We Invite you to Become a Sponsor
Montana Equestrian Events is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies on the generous support of Sponsors to produce and promote this ever-expanding, family-friendly, free-to-the-public Event, annually.
We invite you to join our team by becoming a Sponsor of this World Class Equestrian and Destination Event that brings thousands of visitors to the Flathead Valley each July.
Sponsorship packages for The 2019 Event at Rebecca Farm are available from the $2,000 Bronze level through the $50,000 CCI*** Presenting Sponsorship level.
Additional benefits of Sponsorship include tickets to the exclusive Thursday evening Start Box Party and daily passes to the viewing tent reserved for Rebecca Farm family, athletes, coaches, officials, owners, patrons and sponsors.
Tent access offers you, your employees or your key customers with a special viewing experience of The Event. Watch the action from a unique vantage point, in the company of equestrian experts and eventing enthusiasts, while enjoying snacks, beverages and catered gourmet cuisine!
You may submit your completed sponsorship agreement by mail or on-line:
If you have questions, or would like more information about Sponsorship Opportunities, please email email@example.com or call Marcia at 406-321-1377.
We look forward to working with you!
Patron Packages are also Available
Patron levels of support for The Event (at $500 or $1000) provide the Eventing Enthusiast with a special viewing experience of this World Class equestrian triathlon.
As a Patron, you’ll watch the action and excitement of the five-day Event from the special tents reserved for Rebecca Farm family, coaches, athletes, officials, owners, sponsors and other patrons. Mingle with experts and other enthusiasts to view the competition and learn about the challenges and partnerships of the sport, while enjoying snacks and beverages daily and a luncheon buffet (Saturday & Sunday).
As a Patron Plus, you’ll also receive invitations to the Thursday evening Start Box Party.
Your patronage is a tax-deductible donation, a portion of which will benefit Halt Cancer at X. Since its creation in 2012, Halt Cancer X has awarded nearly $700,000 in total grants to local non-profits and to national research working toward a cure for breast cancer.
Please submit your completed patron agreement by mail or on-line:
If you have questions, or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marcia at 406-321-1377.
Thank you for your support! We look forward to welcoming you to Rebecca Farm in July!