Mark your calendars (and book those hotels!) — after a wildly successful rotation at the Kentucky Horse Park, the USEA American Eventing Championships will now shift west and will be held at the picturesque Rebecca Farm venue in 2022. #AEC2022 will take place August 30 through September 4, 2022, which is also over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
If you’ve not been to Rebecca Farm before, it’s definitely one worth putting on the calendar. You’re not likely to find better views, crisper mountain air or better weather for eventing than in Kalispell, Montana — and a big bonus of coming out to Rebecca Farm to event is the nearby tourist destination of Glacier National Park. You can top off your summer with some non-horsey vacation activities (you know, to keep your non-horsey relatives occupied while you show, obviously) like hiking and finding a route to Glacier National Park’s gorgeous Hidden Lake. If you’re not a hiker, there are plenty of other destinations to check out while you’re in Montana, and many eventers will room-share at a vacation rental to make the most of their experience.
A word to the wise, though: book your travel now. Not sure if you’re going yet? Find some tentative travel buddies and book refundable lodging and rental cars now. Generally speaking, the summer Event at Rebecca Farm is a destination sell-out, leaving cars and places to stay very difficult to come by. Add in Labor Day travel, and we’re most likely looking at a similar scenario for AEC. There are many great hotels in Kalispell and plenty of vacation rental homes to share with your barn mates or family. I’ll drop some useful links below, and you can also visit the Rebecca Farm website for more information about the facility and surrounding area.
As of now, the USEA has not released dates or locations for future American Eventing Championships; in June the organization opened bidding for the next host site, which will have the AEC for two years in 2023 and 2024.