The Event at Rebecca Farm, Kalispell, Montana
Each year for the past decade, the Event at Rebecca Farm has been held in northwest Montana. It is held just west of Kalispell, on the Rebecca Farm.
At the end of July, around 450 competitors and 20,000 spectators gather to watch various horse sporting events, from Eventing and Dressage to Cross Country and Show Jumping.
A great part of this event is that it is FREE to the public. They do ask for a $5 parking “donation” — which is actually mandatory, so bring $5 cash with you to park. The wonderful thing is that your donation goes to breast cancer research.
When you park, you will receive a small pamphlet entitled the “Spectator’s Pocket Guide,” with information on events and a map of the Rebecca Farm, sending you in the right direction for what event you want to see. There is also a Hospitality Tent you can ask questions at upon entering the event, and you can purchase the previous year’s event program.
The grounds are stunning — open fields, with the surrounding Rocky Mountains as the backdrop. There are ponds, and the “western village,” all providing a gorgeous setting for this huge event.
We attended the Show Jumping and Cross Country this year. The events run all day, so you can move from event to event and watch what you want.
You park, and then there is a trolley that circles that will pick you up and take you where you want to go. There is also a truck pulling a large wagon you can jump on for a ride.
Keep in mind: the horses have the right of way!! People are allowed to walk anywhere they want, and are just reminded to watch out for horses. Also, courses change frequently, so always keep an eye out. So be wary of where you walk!
Also, this event is known for being HOT. There is not a lot of shade (a few of the events, like the Show Jumping, have small tents with bleachers), especially for the Cross-Country event. So bring an umbrella and lots of water.
Pets are welcome! I always love events that welcome pets. On leashes, of course. And be sure to keep them cool. It is HOT!
There are also FREE Pony rides for kids! How fun!
The event also hosts a “Trade Fair” with arts and crafts. I thought that this was going to be like a farmers market, but it is not. It is all dedicated to equestrian events and clothing, and is rather upscale in what is being sold. The Trade Fair is wonderful, and it suits the event, but just not what I was expecting.
The highlight of the Trade Fair for us was the pink horse, named Marbles, who is there to support breast cancer. Also, someone braided the horse’s tail. My baby loved Marbles.
There are plenty of concessions for food, ranging from noodles and ice cream, to snow cones, and gyros. There is something for everyone to grab lunch (even beer!), just know that there is not a lot of shade near the concessions. There is a large picnic table area a little ways away that offers a lot of shade to sit and eat.
Check out their list of events before you head out.
This event draws so many people, I really hope you get a chance to visit the Event at Rebecca Farm and see the horses and the events for yourself.
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog