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Hi Hopes Farm Sweeps Four Championship Awards at Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show

Conyers, GA - May 26, 2009 - Lucille and Alise Oken, top equestrian sisters competing out of their family's Hi Hopes Farm, had another successful weekend, this time showing at the Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show. The girls were dominant in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings, amassing numerous championship awards. Lucille and Alise train with top instructors Jeff Wirthman and Steve Heinecke. Their farm is based out of Charlotte, NC.

Lucille Oken started the show by capturing championship tricolors in both the Large Pony Hunter division and the Medium Pony Hunter division. She competed with Land's End Mad Hatter in the Large Pony Hunter division, where the pair earned first place ribbons in the conformation class, the under saddle class, and two of the over fences classes. They also earned a third place ribbon in the handy class and were awarded the championship prize. The duo then competed in the Large Pony Classic and garnered the day's top call and first place ribbon.

Lucille then moved on to compete in the Medium Pony Hunter division aboard Promise. Lucille and Promise earned three firsts, seconds, and fifth. After two days of competition, the duo was presented with the championship.

During the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division Lucille successfully competed with In Style. The pair were awarded first place in the under saddle class, and also earned a second, third, and two fifths.

Lucille then transitioned to the equitation ring where she won the THIS National Children's Medal riding Mid-Accord.

Alise Oken also had an exciting weekend of competition at the Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show, beginning with the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division. Oken was aboard her top mount Take Away, and the duo won three classes, a second, and an eighth to garner the division's championship tricolor. Alise also rode her second mount, Southern Style, in the division, to place first, second, third, fourth, and eighth over the two days of competition. She also competed with both mounts in the Large Junior Hunter Classic, winning the class aboard Take Away and placing third aboard Southern Style.

Alise then moved to the jumper ring to compete aboard Hi Hope's newest addition, Canecko Z. The pair began by competing in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class where they earned the fourth place award. Alise and Canecko Z then competed in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic where the pair was awarded the seventh place honors.

Madison Maners, who also competes with Hi Hopes Farm, rode in the Small Pony Hunter division with her mount Hi Lite. The pair won two classes in the division and also took home two thirds and a seventh to capture the divisions championship prize. She then went on to win the Small Pony Classic as well as the USEF Pony Medal.

Nadia Rosenbaum rode Alise Oken's Northern Majic in the Children's Pony Hunter division this weekend. The pair earned a third place ribbon, two fourth place ribbons, and a fifth place ribbon during the competition.

Hi Hopes will be competing next at the Devon Horse Show, and trainer Steve Heinecke is confident going into the prestigious event. "We had a very good weekend," he commented. "I think strategically we are ready. We are perfectly prepared, and I expect to do well. Everybody rode great at this show, and the horses went well. We couldn't be more ready for Devon."

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair runs from Thursday, May 21- Saturday, May 30, 2009.

Photo Credit: Lucille Oken and Land's End Mad Hatter were awarded the Large Pony Hunter Championship at the Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show. Photo Lauren Fisher/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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