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Alise Oken is Awarded Best Junior Hunter Stake Round at 2008 Washington International Horse Show

Washington, DC - October 24, 2008 - Alise Oken of Charlotte, NC, competed today in the final classes for the junior hunters at the Washington International Horse Show. After the four stake classes were judged, a trophy presentation was held to honor the best jumping round of the four riders who received a first place ribbon in their class. Taking home this award was top junior rider Alise Oken and her horse Take Away.

"I am so happy; I am really excited about my wins today. I didn't start out too well and today I was trying to end on a good note. I was really happy with my rides," said Oken. "I just wanted to improve on what I did yesterday. He was a little fresh yesterday so I had to keep my reins short and be alert in case he spooked, but he was perfect."

Oken took home the blue ribbon in a Large Junior 16-17 Hunter stake class. She also earned a first-place ribbon under saddle. Oken and Take Away have had a large amount of success at the past few shows. At the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, she was the reserve champion. At the Capital Challenge Horse Show, she took home the High Point Older Junior Hunter Champion, Overall Grand Junior Hunter Champion and Best Child Rider award.

In addition to winning in the ring, she also received top honors in the education department recently. Last week she was inducted into the National Honors Society. This is an elite group of students that go through a grueling acceptance process. They are chosen based on grades and extra-curricular involvement.

"I am really, really happy. I tried so hard to get in, and I'm excited to hear I was chosen," said Oken.

Oken will compete in the Junior Jumpers in tomorrow's competition. Oken's younger sister Lucie Oken is to compete in the pony hunters here at the Washington International Horse Show.

Photo Credit: Alise Oken and Take Away, Best Stake Round champion and Large Junior 16-17 Hunter Reserve Champion. Photo (C) 2008. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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