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Meet the Wellington Equestrian Realty Team

Living and breathing the Equestrian lifestyle with a sharp focus on client services 24/7


Matt Varney, Craig Martin, Chris Desino and Rob Desino

Welcome to Wellington Equestrian Realty!

We love what we do and when our clients work with us, our passion for representing our clients is very clear. We are horse owners, horse lovers, and farm owners. We have an extensive history in selling farms and love waking up each morning looking forward to what lies ahead. There really is no better job in the world than doing what you love. How can you blame us? We get to meet horse lovers from all different walks of life from all over the world. We are fortunate to be able to show our clients farms all day, getting to speak "œhorse" with them while showing them some of the most gorgeous farms in the world! We are passionate about selling farms and finding that perfect farm for our clients. To get a call from a client who didn't know the area at all before meeting us and having them thank us for finding the perfect property for them is amazing. For us, that is a job well done and all of the satisfaction that we could ever ask for!


Our attention to detail and our passion for outstanding client services drives us to succeed. We are pretty demanding consumers ourselves and wouldn'™t allow anything less from ourselves in delivering it to you. We pride ourselves on responding to our clients needs immediately and are always available any time of the 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 live and breathe the equestrian lifestyle. The identical twin brothers got their riding bugs like most as young kids and competed in hunters 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 for a living.

They started Ocala Horse Properties, which is the leading farm sales company in Ocala, FL and has over 140 listings and has sold more than 5 times the next Realtor/Company in Ocala over the last two years. This sister company, that is also owned by Rob & Chris, only benefits its Wellington counterpart with its long history of unmatchable advertising budget, outstanding reputation, relationships with trainers and a proven formula for unparralled success. One of the best benefits of this relationship is that Ocala Horse Properties regularly gets buyer inquiries that want to purchase a Wellington horse farm and this is a great way for them to channel these buyers to Wellington Equestrian Realty and turn leads into sales.

They are still riding and focus their rare spare time on jumpers and compete at the WEF and other shows around the country. They are huge fans and proponents of the Florida equestrian lifestyle and live it themselves. They are completely passionate about Wellington Equestrian Realty and are living out their dreams riding horses and selling beautiful horse farms.

Matt Varney Broker/Associate

Matt and Courtney Varney

Courtney Varney, DVM

Matt Varney, along with 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 and expanded the company'™s territory while negotiating and closing contracts with some of the largest builders in the country. Matt'™s enthusiasm is contagious and is completely likeable the first time you meet him. He has an amazingly positive attitude and thrives on putting buyers and sellers together. The word "no"™ is not part of his vocabulary and he only becomes more determined with any challenges thrown his way.

Matt enjoys riding recreationally and lives his equestrian competiveness vicariously through his wife, Courtney Varney, DVM, who is a practicing equine veterinarian and competitive dressage rider. Matt enjoys accompanying Courtney, an accomplished FEI Dressage Rider with her USDF Silver Medal, to as many competitions that he can fit into his busy schedule. In fact, one of Matt and Courtney'™s first dates was actually going to a competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival!

Craig Martin is the newest sales associate to join the Wellington Equestrian Realty team.

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, including Tim Stockdale, Barry Taylor, William Funnel, and Dutch Olympic Chef de Equippe Johan Heins. He has since 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 and has competed and coached 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, Craig started 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 is not only what fueled his own riding arena business, but also what brought him here to Wellington and its diverse international equestrian community. Spending his entire life around horses and horse people, 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 fiance and their three dogs, Craig can be found diving, cycling, and competing in multiple triathlon competitions, the most recent being Florida's Ironman Competition in Panama City Beach. Our sunny skies and prime equestrian real estate have driven Craig's passions to all new heights and made him comfortable at home here in the winter equestrian capital of the world.

Expertise and passion: Your search for the ideal horse farm is our passion. We hunt for your dream property as passionately as if we were searching for a property to buy for ourselves. We show you every farm for sale that we know will fit your needs regardless of whether it is our listing or another agent'™s. We leave no stone unturned, because we need you to be happy. We understand that buying a horse farm is a major decision and we do not take our responsibility to you lightly.

Matt Varney, Associate Broker, Craig Martin, Chris Desino, owner/broker,  Rob Desino, owner
"OUR CLIENTS come first, 24/7. Client Service is our forte and we take your Florida horse farm search as seriously as you do. We treat the search for your dream Wellington horse farm as if we were searching for our own! Regardless of price point - whether your budget is $300,000 or $50,000,000 - we are passionate about working with you, showing you around Wellington... and more! We will show you every listing relevant to your needs - regardless of whether it is ours or another agent's, including all of our private listings, FSBOs (properties for sale by owner) - to make sure you are buying the farm of your dreams. We will not stop until you are completely happy. That is our promise!"

Call Matt or Chris at 561.779.9992

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