Ariel Black Earns 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship by Showing Dedication to Becoming a Professional

For Ariel Black, a 22 year old professional rider from Scottsdale AZ, juggling work, school and training is all in a days work. She finances herself to attend shows with her own horse and pays for her own school expenses while attending Arizona State University. Between all these expenses finding the resources to show consistently can be a real challenge. When the opportunity to apply for West Palms Events’ 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship presented itself, it seemed like a golden opportunity to help offset the expense of showing.

The scholarship is named in the memory of the late Michael Nyuis, nephew to West Palms

Michael Nyuis enjoying the snow!

Events’ Dale Harvey. Michael could be found snowboarding, bungee jumping, cage diving with great white sharks, among other dare-devilish activities. His positive energy was contagious and he enjoyed living each day to the fullest, not wasting a moment. Naming the scholarship after Michael was intuitive, seeing that he was always happy to help others when they needed it.

“Michael would be proud to have been part of this annual scholarship program,” says Dale Harvey. “He loved being there for others and I can’t think of a better way to have his memory live on, than through this scholarship that will assist riders annually!”

Ariel began her love of horses like many young girls. Living then in Salt Lake City, she attended a horse camp for her 10th birthday, and was hooked from the start, and then continued her training there at Alta Hills Farms. Ariel was a multi-discipline rider showing in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings.

Today, she continues to compete on her horse Zamira, a 13 year-old Oldenburg. She trains and works at Smoke Tree Ranch under the guidance of trainer Betty Beran. Working at Smoke Tree Ranch has also provided opportunities to earn additional income from riding, braiding and grooming for clients. For a rider who is working her way up the levels in the jumper ring, recently entering her first grand prix’s, Ariel believes that consistently attending shows is a necessity to continue improving. She said, “I really enjoy working at the barn and I get to go to the shows but I don’t always get to take my horse to the show. This scholarship will help me to have fewer gaps between horse shows.”

Ariel recently had the opportunity to attend the Del Mar National Horse Show and said she found the show to be well run and organized. “The management is really nice and the office is easy to get along with and it’s just a fun show overall,” she said.  As an additional benefit, scholarship recipients will work in the office during the shows they attend. They will have an opportunity to learn more about horse show management from behind the scenes.

Ariel Black and Zamira
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Ariel plans to attend the Sacramento International, Horse Show Flintridge Autumn Classic and some shows at Blenheim Equisports-The Oaks. Blenheim was recently added as an option for recipients to continue showing as consistently as possible!

When asked why it is important to have a scholarship like this available to riders Ariel commented, “It opens up great opportunities for people who may not have the financial backing because it’s a very expensive sport. There are people who have the passion to do it but they haven’t had the opportunities they need.” West Palms Events hopes to bridge this gap for deserving young riders like Ariel.

West Palms Events congratulates Ariel Black as a recipient of the 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship. We look forward to supporting her growth as a professional rider. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well on her future success.

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Ariel Black Earns 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship by Showing Dedication to Becoming a Professional

For Ariel Black, a 22 year old professional rider from Scottsdale AZ, juggling work, school and training is all in a days work. She finances herself to attend shows with her own horse and pays for her own school expenses while attending Arizona State University. Between all these expenses finding the resources to show consistently can be a real challenge. When the opportunity to apply for West Palms Events’ 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship presented itself, it seemed like a golden opportunity to help offset the expense of showing.

The scholarship is named in the memory of the late Michael Nyuis, nephew to West Palms

Michael Nyuis enjoying the snow!

Events’ Dale Harvey. Michael could be found snowboarding, bungee jumping, cage diving with great white sharks, among other dare-devilish activities. His positive energy was contagious and he enjoyed living each day to the fullest, not wasting a moment. Naming the scholarship after Michael was intuitive, seeing that he was always happy to help others when they needed it.

“Michael would be proud to have been part of this annual scholarship program,” says Dale Harvey. “He loved being there for others and I can’t think of a better way to have his memory live on, than through this scholarship that will assist riders annually!”

Ariel began her love of horses like many young girls. Living then in Salt Lake City, she attended a horse camp for her 10th birthday, and was hooked from the start, and then continued her training there at Alta Hills Farms. Ariel was a multi-discipline rider showing in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings.

Today, she continues to compete on her horse Zamira, a 13 year-old Oldenburg. She trains and works at Smoke Tree Ranch under the guidance of trainer Betty Beran. Working at Smoke Tree Ranch has also provided opportunities to earn additional income from riding, braiding and grooming for clients. For a rider who is working her way up the levels in the jumper ring, recently entering her first grand prix’s, Ariel believes that consistently attending shows is a necessity to continue improving. She said, “I really enjoy working at the barn and I get to go to the shows but I don’t always get to take my horse to the show. This scholarship will help me to have fewer gaps between horse shows.”

Ariel recently had the opportunity to attend the Del Mar National Horse Show and said she found the show to be well run and organized. “The management is really nice and the office is easy to get along with and it’s just a fun show overall,” she said.  As an additional benefit, scholarship recipients will work in the office during the shows they attend. They will have an opportunity to learn more about horse show management from behind the scenes.

Ariel Black and Zamira
Photo By: Flying Horse Photography

Ariel plans to attend the Sacramento International, Horse Show Flintridge Autumn Classic and some shows at Blenheim Equisports-The Oaks. Blenheim was recently added as an option for recipients to continue showing as consistently as possible!

When asked why it is important to have a scholarship like this available to riders Ariel commented, “It opens up great opportunities for people who may not have the financial backing because it’s a very expensive sport. There are people who have the passion to do it but they haven’t had the opportunities they need.” West Palms Events hopes to bridge this gap for deserving young riders like Ariel.

West Palms Events congratulates Ariel Black as a recipient of the 2015 Michael Nyuis Scholarship. We look forward to supporting her growth as a professional rider. Please help us congratulate her and wish her well on her future success.

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