KALISPELL – The Event at Rebecca Farm drew thousands to the Flathead Valley over the weekend.
While the equestrian event continues to gain popularity — and give a boost to the local economy — a side project called Halt Cancer at X has contributed more than $500,000 to various cancer-halting causes over the years.
Organizers said last week that they had already raised more than $30,000 through parking donations, competitor pledges and other imaginative fundraising efforts.
The money goes to support national and local cancer research and resources, like Save a Sister Montana, Flathead Cancer Aid Services, and the Cancer Support Community in Kalispell.
The program was created in 2012 in memory of Rebecca Broussard, founder of the Event at Rebecca Farm. Her daughter Sarah — who now organizes The Event at Rebecca Farm — says she couldn’t be more proud of what it has accomplished.
"This project has gone farther and broader than I had ever expected. And to be supported by the local community as well as the Eventing community is heart-warming to me — and basically leaves me in awe every year — to see the numbers Halt Cancer at X raised each year. It boggles my mind," Sarah said.
The initiative’s name comes from dressage because the first movement requires horse and rider to halt at “X”, marked in the arena.