It’s been called the field of dreams and for many just getting to attend The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana is a dream come true. As has become tradition The Event filled completely on opening day with a robust waitlist which will surely make 2019 another stellar year of competition. When The Event at Rebecca Farm kicks off on July 24th it will be extra special as the Flathead Valley is celebrating 30 years of recognized eventing starting with the Herron Park Horse Trials and moving to The Event at Rebecca Farm.
586 riders will compete in 25 divisions across 10 levels
The largest division is the CCI2*-L with 53 entries, but Novice is the most popular level with 157 riders entered.
The Hylofit USEA Classic Series is always hotly contested at Rebecca Farm and this year is no different with 55 riders in the Training Three-Day and 31 in the Novice Three-Day. However, 2019 will be the first year of the Young Rider Training Three-Day Team Challenge with 23 riders from five USEA Areas competing.
Only six events in North America host a CCI4*-L and Rebecca Farm’s will see just nine entries in the division – three less than last year. However, the CCI4*-S entry numbers are up three from last year to 14.
Neither winners from last year’s CCI3* (now CCI4*-L) or CIC3* (now CCI4*-S) are returning to defend their titles. Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin recently finished fourth in the Luhmuhlen CCI5*-L
and Tamra Smith and Fleeceworks Royal were selected for the Pan American Games Team before having to withdraw due to injury.
55% of the horses are contesting their first CCI4*-L including: Pandora, Master Class, Little Cruz, Lafite, and Caribbean Soul.
$30,00 in prize money will be awarded in the CCI4*-L with another $17,000 given out across the other FEI divisions
Rebecca Farm spreads the love to many cross-country course designers. Ian Stark is returning to design the FEI cross-country courses while Bert Wood will design the Intermediate, Preliminary, Training Three-Day, and Novice Three-Day and Marc Grandia and Adri Doyal will design the Training and Novice.
The show jumping courses will be designed by Chris Barnard and Marc Donovan.
A show of this size requires a plethora of officials including four technical delegates, 11 dressage judges, five FEI stewards, and two veterinarians. A full list can be found in the calendar listing.
It's BYOWB (Bring Your Own Water Bottle) at The 2019 Event at Rebecca Farm! They are promoting sustainability by limiting plastic waste, offering recycling stations, and setting up water bottle filling stations.
The Art & Trade Fair at Rebecca Farm will feature over 90 vendors for your shopping pleasure, including numerous and varied food vendors to satisfy every appetite and a Kids Zone.
Admission to the event is free, although there is a suggested parking fee of $10 to support Halt Cancer at X, for which you will receive a program. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
2019 Adequan North American Youth Championships
For the third year in a row The Event at Rebecca Farm is playing host to the Adequan North American Youth Championships (NAYC). 2019 will see 57 junior and young riders from across the U.S. and Canada compete to win the title of CCIY3*-S or CCIJ2*-L NAYC Champion. You can meet all of the CCIY3*-S riders here, the CCIJ2*-L riders here., and the Canadian riders here.
The CCIJ2*-L has eight U.S. teams competing representing all 10 U.S. Areas: Area I/V; Area II; Area III; Area IV; Area VI; Area VII; Area VIII; Area IX/X; and two Canadian teams: Alberta and Ontario. None of the members of the 2018 Area V Championship team are returning, so will depend on Samantha Tinney and Kit Ferguson to defend their title on their mix team.
The CCIY3*-S has three teams competing and are all scrambles. The teams will be Area I/II; Area III/VII; and Area IV/VIII. It was Area II that brought home the gold last year, so the single 2019 rider from Area II – Megan Loughnane – has a lot riding on her shoulders!
Only two of the CCIY3*-S riders, William Kidwell and Cosby Green, are making their NAYC debuts. The rest of the CCIY3*-S entrants are all NAYC veterans.
Both the 2018 CCIJ* and CICOY2* fifth place finishers are returning this year in an effort to get a spot on the podium. Last year Heather Jane Morris and Jos UFO De Quidam finished on their dressage score for fifth in the CICOY2* and they are back for their third crack at NAYC. Caitlyn Ruud and Up To You De Lorage made their NAYC debut at the CCIJ* in 2018 to finish with just a rail down for fifth place and are the highest-placed returning competitors.
The NAYC has its own set of officials separate from The Event of Rebecca Farm. The ground jury will be presided over by Mark Weissbecker with Peter Gray as a member. The technical delegate is Cynthia DePorter, the FEI stewards are Sheila Strickler, Dana Diemer, and Kathy Barker, while the veterinarians are Drs. Kris Purcell and Alyssa Butters.
Ian Stark will also be designing the NAYC cross-country courses with show jumping designed by Chris Barnard and Marc Donovan.
Riders at NAYC will be remembering Ashley Stout and Avant Garde who were planning on riding on the USEA Area II Training Three-Day team as well as grooming for NAYC. They passed away in a tragic accident earlier this month. The hashtag #ride4Ashley will be used throughout the event and a remembrance ceremony will be held at the Welcome Party.
My name is Tayah Fuller and I’m 14 years old. “On course” to me is a phrase that makes my heart pump fast and my excitement go wild. There is no better feeling than galloping through a field or flying over cross-country jumps with my heart thrumming along, especially when it is with my best friend. You see, I was born with a congenital heart murmur. While it has never really affected my athletic abilities, the one time that I notice it is when I am riding through a cross-country course with my horse.
Please always remain vigilant when it comes to sending any personal communications via email or text. Every year we receive reports of members and leaders of our sport receiving phishing attempts both online and by phone. These are often communications disguised as being sent from USEA staff or other leaders. As the years go on, the phishing attempts appear to be more directed and tailored.
Tack cleaning is one of those barn chores that might not be our favorite but is certainly necessary for keeping our equipment in top shape. Aside from caring for your tack so it lasts for years to come, regular tack maintenance is important for safety. The last thing you want is the potential for a stitch, zipper, or buckle breaking while you're out on course.
Following feedback from our membership to the rule change proposal for the USEF Rules For Eventing: Appendix 3 – Participation In Horse Trials, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors voted to modify the rule change proposal, but still to recommend the establishment of rider licenses and increase Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) to the regulating authority of the sport US Equestrian (USEF).
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