Meet the Wellington Equestrian Realty Team
Living and breathing the Equestrian Lifestyle
We are horse owners, horse lovers, and farm owners with an extensive history of buying and selling Florida horse properties. We live and breathe the equestrian lifestyle and love every aspect of introducing like minded people to the Wellington community! We are passionate about finding the perfect property for our clients and our attention to detail and commitment to outstanding client service drives us to succeed. We pride ourselves on responding to our clients needs immediately and we are available day or night to take your call to discuss your farm needs in Wellington!
Chris Desino, Broker/Owner Robert Desino, Owner
Chris & Rob Desino are experienced real estate professionals who began their riding careers as children, competing in hunter ring in their hometown of Rochester, NY. While in college, they were National rowing champions and went on to compete on the US National Rowing Team. After their rowing careers, Rob and Chris started and developed a successful chain of restaurants that grew around upstate NY before selling the chain to pursue their real passion: riding horses and selling horse farms in Florida.
They started Ocala Horse Properties (what year), quickly becoming the leading farm sales company in Ocala, FL with the largest portfolio of listings, selling more farms than the next 23 real estate companies combined! Segway into their launch of Wellington Equestrian Realty. When was it started? Any notable awards or listings? The success of the Ocala Horse Properties has benefited Wellington Equestrian Realty with a well established and outstanding reputation, a long history of relationships with trainers and industry professionals and an unmatchable advertising budget. Ocala Horse Properties regularly gets buyer and seller inquiries for Wellington horse farms and they channel these clients to Wellington Equestrian Realty. Chris and Rob Desino are intrenched in the horse world, competing jumpers and sponsoring events at the WEF and other shows around the country. They are huge supporters and proponents of the Florida equestrian lifestyle and they are completely passionate about Wellington Equestrian Realty.
Matt Varney Broker/Associate
Matt Varney and Chris Desino head up the sales at Wellington Equestrian Realty. Matt is an accomplished real estate professional who started his real estate career in residential site construction and estimating before switching over to work for a large privately held FL based residential developer. He was the leading salesman in the company and specialized in large property acquisitions, expanding the company’s territory while negotiating and closing contracts with some of the largest builders in the country. Matt’s enthusiasm and determination is contagious and he through this positive attitude, he thrives on connecting buyers and sellers in the real estate market place.
Matt enjoys riding recreationally and lives his equestrian competitiveness vicariously through his wife, Courtney Varney, DVM, who is a practicing equine veterinarian and competitive dressage rider. Matt enjoys accompanying Courtney, an accomplished USDF Silver Medalist and FEI Dressage Rider, to her many competitions throughout the region.
Craig Martin Sales Associate
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Craig was born and raised in New Zealand, but his equestrian passion truly began when he worked and trained in Europe for more than a decade with some of the best equestrian competitors in the world: Tim Stockdale, Barry Taylor, William Funnel, and Dutch Olympic Chef de Equipe Johan Heins molded his early riding career. He has competed on four continents at some of the world’s best shows and was long-listed for the 2004 Athens Olympics.
In 2003, Martin moved to the United States to compete and coach at most major North American competitions, such as Spruce Meadows and South Florida’s own Winter Equestrian Festival. In 2008, with his friend and business partner Sharn Wordley, Craig founded Wordley Martin Equestrian, an arena consultation and construction company. Wordley Martin is now one of the top arena builders in the country. His extensive background not only fueled his own riding arena business, but also brought him to Wellington and its diverse international equestrian community. Spending his entire life around the industry, Craig understands farms from every angle, making him the perfect addition to Wellington Equestrian Realty’s sales team.
When not fervently working or spending time at home with his wife, Craig can be found diving, cycling, and competing in multiple triathlon competitions, including Florida’s Ironman Competition in Panama City Beach. Wellington’s sunny skies and prime equestrian real estate market have driven Craig’s passions to new heights making him comfortably at home in the winter equestrian capital of the world.
OUR CLIENTS COME FIRST.
Client Service is our forte and we manage your Wellington horse farm search as if it was our own! Regardless of price point or budget, we are passionate about working with you and touring the Wellington community. We will show you every listing relevant to your needs – including all of our private listings, other agency listings and FSBOs (properties for sale by owner). We will not stop until you are completely happy – That is our promise to you!