Welcome back to this corner of the internet! As the summertime heats up, I know I’m not the only one wishing for a little vacation time and a time when temperatures wait until at least 9:30am before cracking the 90 degree mark.
If you’re an eventer, mid July is the perfect time to pack up for a little horse-cation to the heart stoppingly gorgeous state of Montana. Over the past 10 years, Rebecca Farm has become synonymous with the Big Sky state, and each year the event held in Kalispell, Montana takes on ever more importance. Last year, it was a critical pre-WEG stop, this year, an equally (if not more) important qualifier for the upcoming Pan American Games this October, which will lead to London in 2012.
The competitor list is a whos-who of 4* eventing, and many upper level riders are they with their going and up and coming horses. Captain Mark Phillips has designed the cross country course for the 10th year in a row, and you know that many riders will be thinking about London throughout the weekend.
Luckily for all of us not camping out at RF this weekend (39 degree mornings, hello!!) to compete or spectate, On the Line’s favorite photo connection is on site and providing us with eye-candy worthy images of the riders, jumps, and moments that make Rebecca Farm so special. Many thanks to Cheval Photos, and without further ado:
Captain Mark Phillips led a course walk yesterday and was sure to point out this 1.80 wide table, the widest jump on the course. Yes you read that right, 1.80m !!!!! Photo ©Cheval
. . . Speaking of big jumps, check this one out. Karen O'Conner undoubtedly contemplates how she's going to kick this keyhole jump's ass on Saturday. Photo ©Cheval
The 2nd best way to get around Rebecca Farm's 640 acres. Photo ©Cheval
Allison Springer and Arthur were one of the 18 pairs from the East Coast that flew to the event on a special "Horse Force One" flight on Wednesday. Photo ©Cheval
Hawley Bennett-Awad rides for Canada, and brought 6 horses to RF from her base on the West Coast. Gotta love those hot pink iPod earphones. Photo ©Cheval
. . . and yes, speaking of hot pink, I don't think a photo has ever begged for an Eventing Nation caption contest quite like this one. Buck Davidson's shirt . . . I have no words. Looks like the horse has plenty, though. Photo ©Cheval
Last December, the much loved founder of Rebecca Farm, who was a huge benefactor to US eventing, passed away. Rebecca Broussard is remembered in many places and in many people's minds and hearts this weekend. This volunteer's shirt says it all. Photo ©Cheval
Fence 15 sports a very picturesque bucket of dog bones for passing canines. Photo ©Cheval
Who wouldn't want to ride here? Photo ©Cheval
Check back here over the weekend for more images from The Event at Rebecca Farm. Over 500 competitors are entered in, well, a lot of levels and last year 20,000 people turned up to cheer them on. There are 20,000 people in Montana? Who knew?
While I ponder that, feel free to check out live scoring and rider lists, and if you absolutely require
by the second, obsessively exhaustive wall-to-wall detailed event coverage from legitimate eventers, I give you Eventing Nation.
Cheval Photos is an official photographer this weekend, so bookmark the talented Selena Frederick’s website and facebook page for more from her!