May 01, 2022

Inaugural Ocala Horse Properties Rebecca Farm Flight Grant Recipients Announced

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
Alexandra Knowles and Business Class are the recipients of the CCI4*-L Grant. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

The recipients of the 2022 Ocala Horse Properties Rebecca Farm Flight Grant were chosen today in a drawing at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. Rob and Chris Desino from Ocala Horse Properties and Sarah and Rebecca Broussard from The Event at Rebecca Farm made the selections by randomly choosing miniature airplanes with the applicants’ names on them.

Two grants were awarded – one for the Rebecca Farm CCI4*-L and one for the Rebecca Farm CCI3*-L – from the pool of qualified riders and horses who entered. The winner of the CCI4*-L Grant is Alexandra Knowles and Business Class, the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Harlequin Du Carel x Moxella) owned by Katherine O’Brien. The winner of the CCI3*-L Grant is Brittany Crandall and Cooley Almighty, her own 9-year-old KWPN gelding (Verdi x Wyniella). The winning horse and rider combinations will get receive round trip airfare to and from The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont.

Reserves were also selected in case Knowles or Crandall are unable to accept the grants. The CCI4*-L reserve is Jules Batters with Cooley O and the CCI3*-L reserve is Heather Bush and Skyfall 007.

Watch the drawing here:

About the Ocala Horse Properties Rebecca Farm Flight Grant

In 2021 the team from Ocala Horse Properties, led by Rob and Chris Desino, visited The Event at Rebecca Farm for the first time. In awe of the quality of the event, they felt that the entire eventing community, especially those on the East Coast of the United States, needed to make this event a part of their yearly competition plans. Inspired to take action Ocala Horse Properties announced during the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention that they would step up to provide two grants to make the trip possible for horse and rider combinations at the CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L levels. Ocala Horse Properties has a long history of supporting and sponsoring three-day eventing, but this is the first time that they have established a grant through the USEA Foundation.

The Ocala Horse Properties Rebecca Farm Flight Grant will be awarded annually to two (2) horse and rider combinations, one who is competing in the CCI3*-L and one in the CCI4*-L at The Event at Rebecca Farm. The riders must be USEA members residing in Areas I, II, III, or VIII at the time that they apply for the grant.

Learn more about the Ocala Horse Properties Rebecca Farm Flight Grant on the USEA Foundation website. Learn more about the Ocala Horse Properties here and The Event at Rebecca Farm here.

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