Summer In The Rockies Circuit Champions to Compete at Prestigious Rolex Central Park Horse Show in the Heart of the Big Apple

Jaden Olson and Conradical pose at the in-gate at The Colorado Horse Park.


Parker, CO – September 21, 2016 – Three top riders representing the state of Colorado, each of whom contested the Summer In The Rockies Series and earned Circuit Championship honors at The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) this past season, will take New York City this week to compete in the third annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show, set to begin Wednesday, September 21, and continue through Sunday, September 25. As Jaden Olson, Nicole Lyvere, and Kelley Buringa make their way to Manhattan, they will be welcomed to Central Park’s iconic Wollman Rink, each for the first time in their careers to contest one of the world’s grandest horse shows.

Jaden Olson is the youngest of the three Colorado-based equestrians heading to New York City and will compete her own Conradical in the $2,500 Junior/Amateur Hunter class. Lyvere, a talented amateur rider and top contender in numerous hunter classes, has been fine tuning her skills and collecting top finishes this summer in Lexington, KY, as well as in Aiken, SC. Buringa, a well-known and highly regarded professional, regularly shines in the jumper and hunter arenas and can be seen guiding her students to top placings in both disciplines. Buringa has been competing and coaching in Mill Spring, NC, since the conclusion of Summer In The Rockies Series, preparing her mount Carat V, who is owned by Claire Hyde, for a strong showing against many of the country’s top professionals.

“It is an honor to have been selected to compete in this prestigious event in the city that never sleeps,” said Olson, when asked about her debut at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show.

Lyvere, who will compete against Olson in the $2,500 Junior/Amateur Hunter class, is another gifted rider hailing from the Mile High City. Lyvere has competed at The Colorado Horse Park every summer since 2009 and is looking forward to competition beginning in New York this week, as she will pilot her own Vaillero around Wollman Rink.

Buringa, an established equestrian also hailing from Colorado, began her successful equestrian career under the watchful eye her mother, Katie Thomas, and has flourished with the guidance of longtime trainer, Tracey Ferguson. Buringa and Carat V will compete in the $50,000 Hunters Duchossois Cup on Saturday, September 24, in front of the incredible New York City skyline.

“I am beyond enthusiastic to have been selected to compete at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show this year,” commented Lyvere. “I remember seeing so many beautiful pictures posted on social media last year, and wishing I would have the opportunity to participate in such a grand event. Central Park is such a unique and spectacular setting and to show there will be something I will never forget. I never thought that being all the way from Colorado I would ever be presented with such a wonderful chance. I can’t wait!”

Nicole Lyvere and Vaillero competing at The Colorado Horse Park during the 2016 Summer In The Rockies Series.
Nicole Lyvere and Vaillero competing at The Colorado Horse Park during the 2016 Summer In The Rockies Series.

To learn more about the Rolex Central Park Horse Show please and for more information about The Colorado Horse Park and the Summer In The Rockies Series please visit “Being selected to show in Central Park is an unbelievable feeling. I never thought that something like this would come my way,” noted Buringa. “I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me get to this point and I hope to make Colorado proud. My nerves are definitely there, but I am just so excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity!”