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East Coast Riders coming to Rebecca Farms

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  • East Coast Riders coming to Rebecca Farms

    I'm surprised by the number of East Coast riders coming to Rebecca Farms in Montana. Does anyone know how they will be travelling? Kalispell has a small airport, but I couldn't imagine it would be possible to fly horses into there.
    Phillip has quite a few in the CIC3* and Karen O'Connor is bringing Mandiba. There also looks to be quite a few Rolex horses entered.

  • #2
    Eventing Nation says they will be flying.
    Gwen Dean
    Erie Hunt & Saddle Club HT Secretary


    • #3
      I would guess they're flying to the nearest major airport--Seattle? Salt Lake City? I'm not sure what it would be. I went to Missoula to visit a friend last winter and we drove up toward Kalispell--it is amazing out there. But I wouldn't think either Missoula or Spokane had big enough airports, never mind Kalispell. I'm sort of jealous but my fat horse would die when he saw all those mountains!


      • #4
        Missoula is only about 2 hours away and it has a 9500 ft runway which is big enough to land just about anything.


        • Original Poster

          I wonder how much it would cost to fly horses into Missoula? I would guess that the riders would try to put all the horses together on one flight if possible.
          I don't know much about flying horses and think it's amazing that they are making the effort to come to MT for such a great event.


          • #6
            Originally posted by wildride View Post
            I wonder how much it would cost to fly horses into Missoula? I would guess that the riders would try to put all the horses together on one flight if possible.
            I would think that there would be a significant savings if the three of them came together as the shipment containers for horses have three slots. Flying a single horse in a container made for three is the most expensive way to do it...


            • #7
              How fun for the people out there to see all these great riders! It would have been a very big deal to me when I was still in Idaho.
              We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.


              • #8
                The airport is large enough at Kalispell to land there with horses, from what I heard they will be fed-xed there...if not kalispell, it would be missoula...SLC is a good 10 1/2 hours away and seattle is about 9 hours. I am not sure how much it is to fly horses across the country, but usually there is three to a pallet. I am very suprised to see how many east coasters are coming, that is very exciting. This will be a very fun year at Kalispell! lets just hope it doesn't get too warm there....


                • #9
                  From what I know, the airport is not able to fly horses in here in Kalispell. But, it could be because of not having the equipment to move the horses, and we don't have a good quarantine facility.

                  RF started asking about flyling horses in from overseas soon after it was built, and I know it was a concern.

                  Calgary is the nearest large airport, but I would imagine that the horses would be flown into a different large airport.

                  I am quite excited to see that so many great riders are coming in. It is always fun to take photos of the big guys, as well as get to see the horses behind the scenes when grooming.


                  • #10
                    If anyone knows for sure how the horses will fly in and what airline, etc. I would like to know! How interesting!
                    Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                    Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)


                    • #11
                      Just guessing, but I'll bet they fly into Calgary.


                      • #12
                        Remember, going into calgary is going out of country, which means that they have to have all the paperwork to get in and out, and a major pain in the rear end. That saying it is still 5 1/2 hours to get to kalispell from calgary. If Kalispell can't handle the load, they will be going into Missoula.


                        • #13
                          I am sure that the Broussard family is delighted that they are all coming. Very exciting.


                          • #14
                            Like everyone else said, Missoula is the closet airport that they could fly the horses into. I remember a few years ago, maybe 2007, they all came over for the event as well. That was lots of fun.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by three_dayer View Post
                              Remember, going into calgary is going out of country, which means that they have to have all the paperwork to get in and out, and a major pain in the rear end. That saying it is still 5 1/2 hours to get to kalispell from calgary. If Kalispell can't handle the load, they will be going into Missoula.
                              Not hard at all, it's just a different health cert.


                              • #16
                                All of those horses entered have travelled outside the US many times, it is simply a federal health cert., not really the big deal alot of people think it is.
                                the horses will fly out together to RF
                                It will be so nice for the Broussard family to see the horses owned by Mrs Broussard compete their for a first time.
                                It will also be great for the spectators at that great event to see a top notch field.
                                The Eastern riders who have never gone West will be amazed at the beauty and quality of that facility!


                                • #17

                                  I don't think quarantine is an issue if they stay within the US - just need a health certificate (no different than traveling over ground).

                                  My one experience at RF was heaven, even though I saw it under many feet of snow. I LOVE ME SOME BROUSSARDS!
                                  When blood is the beverage of choice, the sharpest fangs feed first.


                                  • #18
                                    I am so disappointed not to be competing there this year and even more so now knowing that such BNR will be competing there. In the past we have made the 10+ hour drive a bit of vacation; I got to compete at a world class venue and my husband got to do a tonne of golfing. Win-Win!!
                                    Hope everyone has fun.


                                    • #19
                                      I believe they will fly into kalispell, as I know horses have flown into kalispell in the past. The word is that Becky Broussard has generously offered to fly these horses west.

                                      We could not hope for more committed and enthusiastic supporters of our sport than the Broussards. RF is a phenomenal event, and I don't think we can thank Becky enough for what she has done for eventing.

                                      I've no doubt the East coast riders will fall in love with the venue as so many of us have


                                      • #20
                                        The horses did fly into Kalispell, I heard it was a total of 18. I guess it was quite the big to-do, lots of people went to the airport to watch.