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Alise Oken and Take Away Receive Large Junior 16-17 Hunter Championship Prize

Lake Placid, NY - June 29, 2009 - Alise Oken, of Hi Hopes Farm, had an outstanding week at the Lake Placid Horse Show with her top Junior Hunter mount, Take Away. After two days of competition the pair earned the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter championship tricolor. Hi Hopes Farm is based in Charlotte, NC, and is owned by Marc and Celene Oken. Alise and her sister Lucie compete under the tutelage of top trainers Steve Heinecke and Jeff Wirthman.

The Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division got underway on Wednesday, when Oken and Take Way earned a second place ribbon during the first over fences class. Thursday's classes began with the under saddle, where the pair garnered the third place ribbon. They then went on to place first and second over fences. Oken and Take Away were presented with the division's championship award after the final class, outranking twenty other competitors.

Oken's main goal with Take Away is to compete successfully at Indoors this year, and the pair are well on their way to making that a reality. "Alise rode very well this weekend," explained trainer Steve Heinecke. "Alise and Take Away are becoming more consistent and he is jumping great. Competing at Lake Placid is great practice for Indoors because we will be competing against the same riders."

Oken also successfully competed in the Junior Jumper divisions with Pedro and her newest horse, Canekco Z, while in Lake Placid.

Madison Maners, who also rides out of Hi Hopes Farm, earned the championship award in the Small Pony Hunter division with Hi Lite. The pair began Saturday's competition by winning the USEF Pony Medal. They then went on to place third in the Small Pony Hunter Conformation class and fourth in the handy class. On Sunday Maners and Hi Lite placed second and third over fences to capture the divisions championship tricolor.

Goliath, owned by Katie Fisher and ridden by Victoria Colvin, also competed with Hi Hopes Farm at the Lake Placid Horse Show. Colvin and Goliath successfully competed in the Medium Green Pony Hunter division to earn the championship prize.

Hi Hopes Farm will continue their stay in Lake Placid, NY, this week while they compete at the I Love New York Horse Show, held June 30 - July 5, 2009.

Photo Credit: Alise Oken and Take Away earned the championship prize in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division at the Lake Placid Horse Show. Photo Lauren Fisher/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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