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.
United States Eventing Association (USEA) members at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention were in for a treat on Friday as the U.S. Eventing Team was on hand to discuss their accomplishments this year at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.
“Test the best without hurting the rest,” said show jumping course designer Chris Barnard as he and fellow designer Marc Donovan led a lively discussion for nearly 50 participants at the Show Jumping Seminar on the first day of the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
This afternoon, USEA President Louise “Lou” Leslie welcomed U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors members, USEA staff, and USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees to the first of two Board meetings which will take place during this year’s Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, with the teaser that 2024 is going to be full of initiatives for more opportunities to access the eventing experience, some of which attendees might get first wind of during this year’s gathering. The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Welcome to the Show Me state and to Area IV USEA members! The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks of tomorrow and features four full days of educational seminars, committee meetings, and social gatherings all with one aim—to bring the eventing community together to continue to improve upon and celebrate the sport that we all love. This year’s Convention takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis from Dec. 7-10, and we have rounded up everything you need to know to make the most of your time in the heartland.