It’s that time of year to be craving fresh mountain air and booking your travel to beautiful Kalispell, Montana for this year’s running of The Event at Rebecca Farm. Also hosting the USEA American Eventing Championships this year, over Labor Day weekend, the Montana venue is one of the most beloved for diehard eventers, firmly stamping its spot on bucket lists all over the country as THE event to visit at least once in your life. This year’s event will run July 20-24.
The headlining CCI4*-L division will feature 12 horses and riders as of now (entries close next week, on July 5), including:
- James and Helen Alliston will compete three horses between them, including the 8-year-old Nemesis, who was a surprise third in the Lexington 4*-S in April
- A handful of East coast representatives have booked their tickets to Montana: Lucienne Bellissimo will bring Atlantic Vital Spark, as will Allie Knowles and Business Class, Alyssa Phillips and Oskar, and Chris Talley with his OTTB, Unmarked Bills, doing his first Long event since Burghley in 2019
- Tamie Smith has what might be considered to be a “light” weekend in the 4*-L with just one horse entered to date: the Elliot V Partnership’s Elliot V, who will look for his first completion at the level after an early ending truncated his debut at Galway last year
Ocala Horse Properties stepped up to provide two Rebecca Farm Flight Grants this year, awarding free transport out to Montana to Allie Knowles in the 4*-L and Brittany Crandell in the 3*-L — we’ll be catching up with these two as they prep for their travels, so stay tuned for more!
If you’re attending Rebecca Farm this year in any capacity, there are ample opportunities to volunteer and it’s always useful to sign up early for what you know you might want to do. Click here for more information on volunteering. If you’re in the mood for a premier experience, you can also purchase a Patron Package to take in the event with more perks, and donations for these packages are put to support Halt Cancer at X.