Rounding out a big year for the talented rider from Charlotte, North Carolina, Brooke Doss and her mother Ann's 10-year-old Oldenburg Wescott (by West Coast out of Doramber), clinched the BLM Intermediare I Championships in Lexington, Virginia, Sunday, October 20th.
With a score of 71.375, FEI "O" judge Francis Verbeek, of the Netherlands gave the polished duo the highest marks of 292. In in a solid and fluid test the pair, together since Wescott was a young horse, proved the have evolved into a world-class talent, which will make them strong contenders for a spot on the USET 2002 Pan American Team.
A long time student of Gunnar Ostergaard who helped Brooke and the young American bred Oldenburg reach the FEI Levels, Doss has recently begun working in training sessions with Denmark's Lars Peterson, now relocated to the United States.
Doss who finished 6th in the nation at the 2002 USET Intermediare Championships last June, plans on an early trip to Florida to train and prepare for the upcoming Selection Trials this winter. The Pan American Games will be held Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic July 18-Aug 2. It is the Pan Am Games that creates the opportunity for the up and coming talents in the sport to compete internationally as teams at the Prix St Georges and Intermediaire I levels.
Doss also won the First Level Championship on Nambe, topping a quality class of talented horses with the top placings in the upper sixty percentiles. Marcy Wright, of Columbus, North Carolina, owns the 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Pinocchio out of Amelusienz by Abgar.