Oken and Saratoga Secure Win in CSI2* Grand Prix at WEF 7

Alise Oken & Saratoga, winners of the $50,000 by Ethel M. Chocolates CSI2* Grand Prix. Photo © Sportfot

Edited Press Release

Alise Oken and Saratoga secured a win for the home nation Sunday at WEF 7, flying around the $50,000 by Ethel M. Chocolates CSI2* Grand Prix in the International Arena. Oken and the 10-year-old Holsteiner mare (Chin Champ x Casall) owned by Hi Hopes Farm LLC, were unstoppable, finishing the speed portion of the course in a time of 38.86 seconds. The only partnership to post a time sub-40 seconds.

Second went to Chloe Reid (USA) aboard Crossover 4 clocking in at 40.79 seconds, and third place went to Canada’s Alicia Gadban-Lewis on Beneficial finishing on a time of 37.72 with one rail in hand.

“I’ve had Sara for about a year and a half now. Last year we started doing some of the bigger classes and some 1.50m [classes], and she’s really excelled at that level,” Oken said. “When I first sat on her I thought she had all the scope in the world, and I’ve taken my time with her and I think she will jump some of the biggest tracks, but today we also went fast which was great, so I’m really happy with the results.

Alise Oken & Saratoga, presented as winners of the $50,000 by Ethel M. Chocolates CSI2* Grand Prix by Charlotte Rossetter, Director MARS Equestrian™. Photo © Sportfot

“She is smaller, but she has a huge stride, so I can actually leave out numbers in all the lines, and for how small she is, she actually has a very big stride, so it’s very advantageous for me,” Oken elaborated. “Especially in the jump-off, I was able to leave out in the first line and one other line, so I think that’s where I made up the time.”

Original press release from https://wellingtoninternational.com.

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