Pat Gervais

Pat Gervais passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011, in Helena.

Patricia Therese Birgen was born Sept. 11, 1957, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Clare Birgen and Ruth (Jennings) Birgen. She lived on the family farm near Worthing, S.D., until her graduation from college.

Pat loved animals, especially horses. In 1983, she pursued her childhood interest in horses and began taking riding lessons. This was the beginning of her involvement in the horse show world. Pat was a member of the Vigilante Appaloosa Horse Club. She served on the board of directors of the Montana State Horse Association and the board of directors of the Yellowstone Reining Horse Association. She also served as secretary of the WYO-MONT Appaloosa Club, Big Wyoming Appaloosa Club and the Montana State Appaloosa Club.

Pat proved to be an accomplished horsewoman earning Rookie of the Year in 2009 from Cowboy States Reining Horse Association. Other awards include WYO-MONT High Point Amateur, BWAHC High Point Non Pro Showmanship and 1987 BWAHC Rookie of the Year. Pat graduated “Green Reiner” in one year from the Montana Reining Horse Association.

Pat was not only interested in the science of horsemanship, but pursued many aspects of equitation including dressage, driving, reining, showmanship and western pleasure. She had a love of Appaloosas but an appreciation of all breeds. She received a special joy from watching youth bloom into accomplished equestrians.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Cancer Treatment Center, c/o St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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  1. Jan Said,

    July 26, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    Pat was a bright light no matter where she was. Infectiously enthusiastic and a great supporter of the Appaloosa in her chosen field of Reining. She will be sorely missed. We are honoring her at the new Appaloosa show in Great Falls (Aug. 6-7) in her name .

  2. Carol Birgen Said,

    August 13, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    Thank you for all of your warm thoughts and expressions of sympathy. Pat was the youngest of seven in our family. She will be missed here on earth but it has been a joy to see how she touched so many lives.
    Pat’s sister, Carol

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