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Christina Dolinksi

Owner, Head Coach

Christina has been training horses and riders on a full time basis since 1988.  Her certifications include Equestrian Canada (EC) English Competition Coach (2001) and Western Competition Coach (1995), EC Coach Developer and Evaluator (2006), EC Learning Facilitator (2006).  Christina is very active in the horse community, sitting on many boards such as Dressage Winnipeg, and Manitoba Horse Council Coaching committee since, 2004, and Chair of the Coaching committee (2019-2022).  Chris is the main competition coach who takes competitors to outside shows within the province each year, whether they are first time participants or seasoned veterans.  She enjoys watching riders achieve their goals in their chosen discipline and enjoy the sport on whatever level they chose.

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Shawn Charriere
Owner, Facility Manager

Shawn has been involved with horses since 1998.  He partners with the farrier and veterinarian to keep the horses at West Wind in tip top shape.  Shawn values being able to watch every horse under his care be a sound and willing partner for the riders.  His past skills in construction, mechanics, and building and landscape design continue to shape the layout of the West Wind property.  Since 2010 Shawn has expanded his skills into coaching and enjoys working with riders at home and at the local horse shows.  In 2019 Shawn extended his volunteering to Prairie Strides (formerly MRDA) where he is helping the program to grow and flourish.

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Brittney Christensen

Barn Manager

Brittney has been working with horses full time since 2007. She is dedicated and hardworking, two great qualities in any barn manager. She started riding horses when she was 6 and has been hooked ever since.  She assists in training a wide variety of horses at West Wind.  Brittney works hard to keep our horses stay healthy, happy and competition ready.  Brittney also has her Cantra CTRii since June 2015, and volunteers her time with Prairie Strides (Formerly MRDA), sitting on their Board of Directors as Program Chair. 

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Jeneen DesChamps

EC Certified Instructor of Beginners (Flat & Jump)


Jeneen obtain her EC certification in 2007, and added the jumping component in 2009.  In 2010 she completed the Equine Science certificate program from the University of Guelph.  She is also a certified Equinology® Equine Body Worker.  As a part time instructor, Jeneen enjoys instilling the basics with the beginners and then helping them progress into strong intermediate riders. 

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Christie Branton
EC Certified Instructor of Beginners (Flat & Jump)


Christie obtained her EC certification in 2013.  She graduated from Olds College in 2011 majoring in Equine Science: English Horsemanship, focusing on training and starting young horses. She has continued with that education doing training on a wide variety of horses at West Wind. Christie aims to share her love of horses with her students and encourage their passion to learn, in a safe and enjoyable environment. 

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Kris Bhattacharya 

EC Certified Instructor of Beginners (Flat & Jump), CanTRA CRTII

Kris obtained her EC certification in 2009.  She was Chair of the MHC Coaching Committee and a member of the EC National English Coaching Committee, participating in the implementation of the EC Rider Level program and the Instructor of Beginners and Competition Coach Certification programs (2012)  Along with coaching part time, Kris also became a volunteer instructor for Prairie Strides (formerly MRDA).  In 2010, obtaining her CANTRA CTRII Certification in 2012. Having competed in the Hunter and Dressage ring, Kris loves coaching beginner/intermediate riders, fostering a lifelong love of horses and riding in a fun, safe environment.

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Kelly Scrivener

EC Certified Instructor of Beginners (Flat), CanTRA CRTSI

Kelly obtained her EC certification in 2018 and enjoys opportunities to teach outside adaptive riding when she can.  She was a volunteer instructor with Manitoba Riding for the Disabled and has been involved in therapeutic and adaptive riding since 1999.  Kelly has also worked with another CanTRA program in Manitoba called Urban Stable, helping youth at risk.  In 2015, Kelly worked with owners Chris and Shawn to start the Horse Sense program here at West Wind Stables which is a program for adults with physical and mental challenges.

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Katie Webb

EC English Competition Coach 


Katie obtained her EC English Competition Coach certification in 2022. Katie has been involved with horses since she started riding at age 7 and has been pursuing her passion for horses ever since. At age 14, she started competing at local hunter/jumper and dressage shows and in time became more involved in the Manitoba equestrian community. Katie joined the Dressage Winnipeg board in 2017 as the education chair and the Manitoba Horse Council Coaching committee in 2019, and is nor MHC Chair of Coaching (2022). In 2019, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agroecology from the University of Manitoba with a double minor in soil science and crop protection. Katie is passionate about coaching and competing and strives to share her love of horses with her students.

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Cheyenne Lewycky

Barn Staff

Cheyenne began riding lessons in 2014 and has been working through the Equestrian Canada Riding Levels most recently earning her Level 6 in August 2019. Cheyenne became a volunteer in the summer of 2014 helping out with West Wind’s summer camps and lesson programs. She eventually started volunteering in the barn and later was hired on a member of the barn staff. Throughout her years at West Wind she has been learning a lot and gaining more horse experience. Cheyenne has been taught how to properly provide horse care, wound care, and horse training while riding and on the ground. Cheyenne continues to eagerly learn more as opportunities arise.

West Wind Stables feels more like a family than a workplace! All of our coaches, instructors, and barn staff work hard to make the stable a fun and friendly place to ride. We are also dedicated to our equine friends, keeping them healthy and ready for anything, from recreational riding to high levels of competition.

Shawn Charriere and Christina Doliniski are the husband and wife team in charge of West Wind Stables. Building one of the largest riding facilities in Manitoba has been a goal for many years. Together they have worked hard to make West Wind a comfortable, safe and enjoyable home for all horses and riders.  

The West Wind Team