Sunny and I arrived in Montana on Saturday and spent an amazing few days at Herron Park near Kalispell. What a beautiful facility, and Sunny and I couldn’t get enough of the trail system there. We pulled into Rebecca Farm yesterday afternoon, and I cannot get over how gorgeous this facility is. I have waited a long time to come here, and it is definitely everything I thought it would be — and more!
Yesterday afternoon, I got the chance to tag along with Ian Stark on a course walk of the Rebecca Farms CIC3* cross-country course. It was very cool and incredibly educational to hear things from the course designer’s point of view. Ian Stark says this year’s course is definitely a notch above from the previous years’ courses.
Ian introduced some exciting new changes to the track. Some of the crops that have been present in the previous years have been removed, allowing more bend and flow to the course instead of lines cut straight through. According to Ian, this will make the course more rideable, especially for the lower levels, allowing horse and rider to balance better on the approach and find a better distance through the turns versus a straight approach to the fences.
More terrain is featured on the course this year. Ian has used every hill and dip he could to make the course more demanding. He says this use of terrain will test the riders as they progress through the course; the riders will have to make sure they save some horse for the end of the course.
Some of the cross country takes on a new theme this year. Named after Bayou Teche, where organizer Sarah Broussard’s parents grew up in Louisiana, this large water complex was revamped and features new questions for the levels. Also new are more amazing carvings by Bert Wood.
The Young Event Horse competitions got underway yesterday, and I am very excited for everything else to get going today. My dressage isn’t until Friday, so Sunny and I get one more day of hacking and schooling before getting to work.
I also took some video of the course walk; I apologize for the sound quality and shakiness.
Go Rebecca Farm. Go Eventing.