Victoria Winter to be Canada’s Dressage Chef d’Equipe at 2014 World Equestrian Games

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Victoria Winter and Proton. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Victoria Winter and Proton at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

OTTAWA, Ontario, Oct. 8–Victoria Winter, a popular rider on several Canadian championshp teams, has been appointed chef d’equipe for Canada’s dressage squad at next year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Dressage Canada and Desi Dillingham, in her role as Special Advisor, announced the appointment Tuesday making Victoria the first member of the “Team of Experts” to help Canadian riders.

“Victoria is well respected, popular with the riders and has the perfect background to fill this role,” Desi said.

Her first international experience was to groom for Cindy Ishoy and Dynasty from 1986 to 1988 culminating in team bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

As a rider, Victoria won individual and team bronze at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina and represented Canada as a member of the Canadian dressage team at the World Games in Rome in 1998 and Kentucky in 2010.

Victoria was Canada’s dressage team chef d’equipe for the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic where Canada won individual gold and team silver.

She is a partner with the Toronto-based law firm of Beard Winter LLB and a member of the board of directors of the 2015 Pan American Games to be held in Toronto. She has a seven-year-old daughter and her husband, Curt Harnett, is a four-time Olympian in Track Cycling in which he won silver and two bronze medals for Canada.

“I am honored to take on the role of Chef d’Equipe for the Canadian Dressage Team for the 2014 WEG and look forward to working with our athletes to help them achieve their best ever performances and success for Canada,” Victoria said.