Introducing the 2023 Michael Nyuis Foundation Grant Recipients
West Palms Events is delighted to announce the winners of our 2023 Michael Nyuis Foundation Grant. We received 110 applications, a record number in the history of the foundation.
In 2015, West Palms Events established the Michael Nyuis Grant Program to provide young riders with financial support to lessen the burden of entry and show fees. Applicants submit a brief application with a summary of their equestrian experience and two videos, one explaining why they should receive the grant and one showcasing their riding skills.
The 2023 judging committee included Thunderbird Show Park President Jane Tidball, US Equestrian Team member Mavis Spencer, professional horseman Matt Archer, and West Palms Events CEO Dale Harvey. “This year’s group of candidates was truly exceptional,” Dale said. “It was a tough decision to narrow it down to just 16 recipients, but we believe those selected are among the most deserving and have a bright future in our sport. We have no doubt that they will make a positive impact in the equestrian community with the opportunities given to them.”
“I grew up in the northern part of Canada, and there weren’t many opportunities available to me,” Dale added. “I could not have done it without all the people who were willing to help me. It’s truly an honor to be able to pay it forward and help these hardworking young riders achieve their goals.”
The foundation honors Dale Harvey’s nephew, Michael Nyuis. While he was not a participant in equestrian sports, Michael was a true sportsman, and as a young man worked on the ring crew at Thunderbird Showpark in British Columbia. “Michael was a giant in his community,” said Dale. “He influenced and helped thousands of people in his life, many of them young people. He lived his life giving back and helping others. We named this in his honor for that reason.”