Riders from around the U.S. and abroad have become familiar with The Event at Rebecca Farm as one of the top competition venues in the world. From the stunning scenery of Kalispell, Montana, to the immaculately prepared footing and courses, to the genuine hospitality, The Event at Rebecca Farm is known for giving riders their most positive experiences in the sport. For 2023, the Broussard Family Charitable Foundation in partnership with the USEA Foundation are excited to offer travel grants once again to assist riders traveling to Kalispell, Montana to compete at The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI3*, CCI4* divisions.
The Event at Rebecca Farm Travel Grants are one of three types of Rebecca Broussard Developing Rider Grants offered each year thanks to the generosity of the Broussard Family Charitable Foundation and administration of the USEA Foundation. The Travel Grants will be awarded to multiple riders for the purposes of offsetting travel expenses to compete at the Event at Rebecca Farm on July 19-23, 2023. To apply, please submit a Travel Grant Application to the USEA Foundation by June 15.
From traveling to the Event at Rebecca Farm to training and competing across the country and overseas, the grants have helped offset expenses as riders pursue their eventing dreams of representing the U.S. at international competition; a prime example being 2023 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event champion Tamie Smith.
As Smith previously stated, “receiving the 'Little Becky' Grant in 2012 ignited a fire in me that had slowly been smoldering. It infused something in me that made me want to fight to become what I always wanted to be: a rider who represented the United States as a wife, mother, and West Coast rider and someone who could defy the odds of not having the right horses or the finances to even belong. Someone who had struggled through many trials and tribulations personally and never gave up. Someone who didn’t get to have my career in my 20s because I was a single mother who had to work a full-time job with health benefits, someone who could mentor and inspire other riders to become educated, confident, and hard-working individuals, and still strive to become top-class riders working hard to achieve their dreams and goals.”
Additionally Smith stated “it wasn’t until after I received the 'Big Becky' Grant in 2015 that I even realized the amount of thought that went into these grants; it made me even more appreciative and honored, not just for receiving the 'Little Becky' Grant, but the 'Big Becky' Grant as well.”
These grants are available to any rider of any age who is successfully competing at the Advanced level and has not already represented the U.S. at the Olympics or World Games.
Additionally, the applications for Rebecca Broussard National and International Developing Rider Grants will be available after the grant interviews at The Event at Rebecca Farm. While the application is not due until Nov. 1, all potential candidates will be interviewed in person at The Event at Rebecca Farm. In order to be eligible for the Rebecca Broussard National and International Developing Rider grants candidates must be present at the interviews held by the grant committee during the event.
Travel Grant Application (due June 15, 2023)
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After not running in 2020 and 2021, the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event returned to the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Center in Quebec, Canada, in 2022. America's Jennie Saville (née Brannigan) and Twilightslastgleam won the CCI4*-L, as the chestnut Thoroughbred gelding (National Anthem x Royal Child) bred and owned by Nina Gardner moved up from eighth after dressage into the lead after cross-country with the fastest round on wet ground over the tracks designed by Derek di Grazia. Canada's Lindsay Traisnel and Bacyrouge, a bay Selle Français gelding (Mylord Carthago x Lelia) owned by Patricia Pearce, finished second, and they are among four from the top-10 in the CCI4*-L in 2022 that return in 2023.
Hannah Sue Hollberg of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, was on a winning streak at the Essex Horse Trials on Sunday, claiming victory in both the $10,000 Open Intermediate and Open Preliminary divisions with two horses that are fairly new to her. Some difficulty on cross-country did not stop her mount Hachi from claiming victory in the Open Intermediate with a score of 101.6, while Open Preliminary partner Rockster finished on his dressage score of 27.3.
The great football coach Vince Lombardi said, “We win our games in practice.” With the goal of having the most effective practices possible for horses, their riders, and their coaches, Cathy Wieschhoff explains some signs that can indicate when horse and rider should repeat an exercise, switch it up, or be done with that activity. Wieschhoff brings perspective as a five-star rider that has competed at the Kentucky Three-Day Event and Burghley Horse Trials, a USEF “R” Course Designer for eventing cross-country and show jumping, a former Area VIII chair and member of the USEA Board of Governors, and a Level V USEA ECP Certified Coach based out of Carriage Station Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.