Event at Rebecca Farm hosts North American Youth Championship

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    Kalispell’s The Event at Rebecca Farm is one of the largest equestrian triathlons in the country, and this year more than 600 riders are competing. Among them are the North American Youth Championship riders.

    This is the second year The Event is hosting the youth championship. It gives youth in the area the opportunity to come out and compete at a high level.

    Youth riders jogged Wednesday to have their horse’s health inspected. Forty-five participants will compete in the championship on teams.

    The championship moves around the continent, usually from east to west.

    Washington competitor Isabella Gunningham is excited to compete at Rebecca Farm. It was only a 10-hour car ride for her, and it is her first time in the championship.

    "We're not sure if we would have been able to do it if it was all the way on the other coast, so this is such a beautiful facility for them to hold it at," said Gunningham.

    Getting to host the youth riders is important to The Event at Rebecca Farm organizer Sarah Broussard.

    "It definitely allows a lot of the western riders an easy platform to compete on, and that was the vision that my mom had for this event -- to create a platform for western riders," Broussard said.

    It gives a fun and exciting opportunity for west youth riders to prepare themselves for higher eventing competitions and maybe one day the Olympics.

    The championship will go on throughout The Event, which started Wednesday and ends Sunday.

    For more information on The Event at Rebecca Farm click here.

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