The USEA Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2019 Travel Grants for The Event at Rebecca Farm, which will take place July 24-28, 2019 in Kalispell, Montana.
The Rebecca Broussard Grant Committee has designated funding totaling $22,975 to help offset the cost of travel expenses for 19 riders competing in the CCI4*-S or CCI4*-L who “display the potential qualities of an international rider.”
Congratulations to the following riders:
Julia Ennis Batters, Queenstown, Maryland
Andrea Baxter, Paso Robles, California
Hilary Burkemper, Santa Barbara, California
Nicole Carroll, Dublin, California
Kalli Core, Orange, Texas
John Michael (JM) Durr, Shelby, North Carolina
Gina Economou, Sun Valley, California
Natascha Eickert, Marysville, Washington
Erin Grandia, Sultan, Washington
Marc Grandia, Sultan, Washington
Ashley Hays, Benton, Louisiana
Liza Horan, Lompoc, California
Alexandra Knowles, Lexington, Kentucky
Amber Levine, Petaluma, California
Shannon Lilley, Aptos, California
Marissa Nielsen, Wilton, California
Julie Norman, Haughton, Louisiana
Erin Pullen, Louisville, Kentucky
Erin Risso, Plymouth, Massachusetts
For the last nine years, the Broussard Charitable Foundation has helped support up-and-coming riders achieve their dream of representing the U.S. in International competition thanks to the Rebecca Broussard Developing International Riders Grants, which are divided into three types: the Travel Grants, a $10,000 National Developing Rider Grant, affectionally called the “Little Becky,” and a $30,000 International Developing Rider Grant known as the “Big Becky.”
Prior to the start of the Event at Rebecca Farm, recipients of the Travel Grants will participate in interviews with the committee, which will be used in selecting the recipients of the International Developing Rider Grant and the National Developing Rider Grant. Both grants will be presented at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention on December 12-15, 2019 in Boston.
All of the Travel Grant recipients and any FEI competitor at The Event at Rebecca Farm are invited to take part in the interview process at the event.
The grants are made available by Jerome Broussard and his family in memory of his wife Rebecca, whose greatest wish was to help riders attain their dream of competing on a U.S. Eventing Team at the Olympic, World and Pan American Games.
Many thanks to the Broussard Family for their dedication to U.S. eventers, and congratulations to the riders who have worked so hard to prepare for this competition.