Ian McFarlane Discusses the Value of Experience in the Show Ring

Rising star rider Ian McFarlane, 17, is a recipient of the inaugural West Palms Events’ 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship. Like many applicants, the opportunity to offset the cost of showing was a real motivator to apply for the scholarship. For Ian, the scholarship was a two-fold solution. The scholarship funds help with the expenses and provide a way to keep showing consistently. Ian said, “It’s a sport of experience as well as talent and hard work. You have to get in the ring a lot and keep going. I want to keep progressing in my riding at a constant rate and keep going up.”

The incredible scholarship opportunity is named in the memory of the late Michael Nyuis,

Michael Nyuis enjoying a day of snowboarding

of West Palms Events’ nephew. Michael had a way of always being there for his friends and family and his positive personality was infectious. He enjoyed being active and could be found outside participating in a range of sporting activities.

“Michael was a wonderful friend,” said Harvey. “He was personable and cared very much for the well being of others. His spirit and memory will live on through the Michael Nyuis Scholarship program.”

Surprisingly though, Ian says of his early years riding that he didn’t like to show. It wasn’t until the age of eight or nine that he picked up the reins again in the pony ring and began enjoying it. He spent little time in the hunter and equitation ranks and went straight to the jumpers. When faced with the challenge of the jumper courses and excited by the adrenaline rush he gets from competing he had found his love of riding.

Ian trains out of Windfall Farms in Grass Valley, CA under the direction of accomplished trainer Gry McFarlane. Gry has been creating successful partnerships with horses and riders for over 30 years. She is a one of a very few USHJA Certified Trainers and is also, more importantly, Ian’s mother. No surprise then that this young talent has the drive and ambition to campaign for the North American Junior and Young Riders Team on his mount Celio Cruise, an 11 year old Irish Sport Horse out of Cruising.  This is his first year trying to qualify for the NAJYRC.

 

Ian McFarlane and Cruise
Photo By: Alden Corrigan

Already attending many West Palms Events’ shows throughout the year Ian says he particularly likes the Sacramento International. He said, “It’s a fun show. I like the indoor aspect of it. On the west coast there aren’t many indoor events and it’s nice to get the feel for a small ring like you might see in Europe.”

Ian intends to continue competing at the 1.40M level and working towards qualifying for the NAJYRC this year.  He hopes to turn professional one day, but only after getting a degree in Business or Finance. He says his good math skills lend themselves naturally to these sorts of degrees and hopes they will help him manage a business as a future professional.

When asked why it’s important to have a scholarship like this to support young riders Ian remarked, “It’s an extremely expensive sport. It helps young professionals with the bills so they get more show experience. Experience is key.” West Palms Events horse shows provide the quality level of competition required for a rising, competitive rider like Ian.

West Palms Events congratulates Ian McFarlane as a recipient of the 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship. We look forward to supporting his growth as a young rider. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well on his future success.

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Ian McFarlane Discusses the Value of Experience in the Show Ring

Rising star rider Ian McFarlane, 17, is a recipient of the inaugural West Palms Events’ 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship. Like many applicants, the opportunity to offset the cost of showing was a real motivator to apply for the scholarship. For Ian, the scholarship was a two-fold solution. The scholarship funds help with the expenses and provide a way to keep showing consistently. Ian said, “It’s a sport of experience as well as talent and hard work. You have to get in the ring a lot and keep going. I want to keep progressing in my riding at a constant rate and keep going up.”

The incredible scholarship opportunity is named in the memory of the late Michael Nyuis,

Michael Nyuis enjoying a day of snowboarding

of West Palms Events’ nephew. Michael had a way of always being there for his friends and family and his positive personality was infectious. He enjoyed being active and could be found outside participating in a range of sporting activities.

“Michael was a wonderful friend,” said Harvey. “He was personable and cared very much for the well being of others. His spirit and memory will live on through the Michael Nyuis Scholarship program.”

Surprisingly though, Ian says of his early years riding that he didn’t like to show. It wasn’t until the age of eight or nine that he picked up the reins again in the pony ring and began enjoying it. He spent little time in the hunter and equitation ranks and went straight to the jumpers. When faced with the challenge of the jumper courses and excited by the adrenaline rush he gets from competing he had found his love of riding.

Ian trains out of Windfall Farms in Grass Valley, CA under the direction of accomplished trainer Gry McFarlane. Gry has been creating successful partnerships with horses and riders for over 30 years. She is a one of a very few USHJA Certified Trainers and is also, more importantly, Ian’s mother. No surprise then that this young talent has the drive and ambition to campaign for the North American Junior and Young Riders Team on his mount Celio Cruise, an 11 year old Irish Sport Horse out of Cruising.  This is his first year trying to qualify for the NAJYRC.

 

Ian McFarlane and Cruise
Photo By: Alden Corrigan

Already attending many West Palms Events’ shows throughout the year Ian says he particularly likes the Sacramento International. He said, “It’s a fun show. I like the indoor aspect of it. On the west coast there aren’t many indoor events and it’s nice to get the feel for a small ring like you might see in Europe.”

Ian intends to continue competing at the 1.40M level and working towards qualifying for the NAJYRC this year.  He hopes to turn professional one day, but only after getting a degree in Business or Finance. He says his good math skills lend themselves naturally to these sorts of degrees and hopes they will help him manage a business as a future professional.

When asked why it’s important to have a scholarship like this to support young riders Ian remarked, “It’s an extremely expensive sport. It helps young professionals with the bills so they get more show experience. Experience is key.” West Palms Events horse shows provide the quality level of competition required for a rising, competitive rider like Ian.

West Palms Events congratulates Ian McFarlane as a recipient of the 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship. We look forward to supporting his growth as a young rider. Please help us congratulate him and wish him well on his future success.

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