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Alise and Lucille Oken Awarded Top Prizes During the Aiken Spring Classic Finale Horse Show

Aiken, SC - May 4, 2009 -. Alise and Lucille Oken both excelled during the Aiken Spring Classic Finale Horse Show, each earning a circuit championship award and garnering nine championship tricolors to add the Hi Hopes Farm banner. The Junior Hunter Circuit Championship was presented to Alise Oken for her ride aboard Take Away, and the Pony Hunter Circuit Championship was awarded to Lucille Oken and her mount, Promise. Hi Hopes Farm is located in Charlotte, NC, and is owned by Alise and Lucille's parents, Marc and Celene Oken. Both sisters ride under the tutelage of top instructors Steve Heinecke and Jeff Wirthman.

Alise Oken started the show by earning both the championship and reserve championship award in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Years division. Alise rode Take Away to the championship win, winning four of the five classes, and Quintin to the reserve championship honors. Next she competed in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Years division, where she earned the championship prize with In Style. Alise then went on to finish her excellent week in the hunter ring by winning the Junior Hunter Classic with Take Away, performing perfect hunter rounds during the class.

Alise was also very successful in the jumper divisions during the Aiken Spring Classic Finale Horse Show. Alise won the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic with Pedro to earn the reserve championship tricolor. Alise also recently purchased a new horse named Canecko Z, and the pair competed for the first time this week earning a third place ribbon in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

Lucille Oken competed in the pony hunter divisions, the junior hunter divisions, the jumpers, and the equitation, Lucille and Promise earned the championship tricolor in the Medium Pony Hunter division, and she earned the reserve championship honors in the Large Pony Hunter division riding Ever After. Lucille and Promise also competed in the Pony Hunter Classic where they earned the second place ribbon.

After competing in the pony ring Lucille successfully transitioned to the junior hunter ring, where she competed with Cool Blue in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division and the pair captured the championship award. Next she competed in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division with Alise Oken's Southern Style and the pair earned the reserve championship honors.

Finally, Lucille competed in the jumpers and the equitation where she also took home top prizes for Hi Hopes Farm. Lucille earned the Children's Jumper reserve championship prize after winning a class with Ibiza De Malle, owned by Alise Oken. In the equitation classes Lucille rode Mid-Accord, and the pair earned the second place honors in the THIS National Medal, and earned the fifth place ribbon in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal.

"This was a very good horse show for Hi Hopes Farm," smiled trainer Jeff Wirthman. "We were very dominating in all the divisions, and it's an incredible feeling to have two circuit champions. Alise and Lucille are both excellent competitors, and their parents understand why their daughters ride so well. It takes good horses to make good riders, and both girls have very nice horses."

Madison Maners also competes with Hi Hopes Farm and showed very successfully this past week. Maners and Cortina were the winners of the Pony Hunter Classic, and also earned the reserve championship award in the Medium Pony Hunter division. In the Small Pony Hunter division Maners rode Hi Lite, previously owned by Hi Hopes Farm, to the championship prize.

Hi Hopes Farm has two young riders that compete in the Short Stirrup divisions: Kinsey Peppler and Katie Shields. The Short Stirrup Hunter championship honors were presented to Peppler for her rider aboard Maner's All the Glory. Shields earned the championship tricolor in the Short Stirrup Equitation division with Alise Oken's Northern Majic, while Peppler and All the Glory earned the reserve championship prize.

Hi Hopes Farm will compete next at the Atlanta Spring Challenge, held May 13 -17, and will then continue on to compete at the Devon Horse Show, held May 21- May 30.



Photo Credit: Alise Oken and Take Way dominated at the Aiken Spring Classic Finale Horse Show, earning the Junior Hunter Circuit Championship award after winning the Junior Hunter Classic and the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Years championship tricolor. Photo: Rebecca Walton. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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