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Alise Oken Captures More Championships At Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Harrisburg, PA - October 17, 2008 - The Pennsylvania National Horse Show continued into its second week in Harrisburg, PA. The show will run through Saturday, October 18, 2008. Last week the schedule was full of the junior hunter, jumper, and equitation classes.

Charlotte, NC, junior riders Alise and Lucie Oken train at Hi Hopes Farm LLC. The facility is home to some of the countries best hunters, jumpers, and ponies. Located in Weddington, NC, Hi Hopes Farm is known for producing horses and riders of the highest quality. The Oken's ride with Steve Heinecke and Jeff Wirthman; Heinecke has a riding/training background and Wirthman has a judging/training background.

Last week at the prestigious Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Alise Oken continued her successful tour in the junior hunters. Aboard her horse Take Away, Oken was reserve champion in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. She won a stake class and was third and sixth in two other classes.

Steve Heinecke commented, "She was great. Her riding was strong and I was extremely pleased with how the show went. Take Away was a star as usual and we are looking forward to Washington. Alise won the stake class, which is always exciting."

Riding Southern Style, another one of Oken's Large Junior 16-17 Hunters, she was fifth under saddle. In the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters, Oken and mount Alisette finished third in an under saddle class. She also competed in the $10,000 Adequan/USEF Prix de States Team Championship class. Oken and three other team members represented Zone 3.

Lucie Oken participated in the pony hunters last week as well. Riding in the small, medium and large pony divisions, Oken came away with some competitive ribbons of her own. In the Smalls, Oken and pony Hi Lite ended up in sixth place in conformation hunter and fifth under saddle. Aboard Promise, Oken's medium pony, the pair earned a seventh place ribbon over fences. Riding Land's End Mad Hatter, Oken's large pony, she finished in seventh place over fences and under saddle.

"Lucie had some great rides on her ponies. She performed well, and I have no complaints on how she did," stated Heinecke.

Both Oken girls will compete next at the Washington International Horse Show, which is scheduled to be held October 21-26, 2008.

Photo Credit: Take Away and Alise Oken, Reserve Champion of the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division. Photo (C) 2008 Lauren Fisher/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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