We’ve been saving this one for Valentine’s Day! Canadian Dressage rider Chris Von Martels proposed to veterinarian Lisa Kostandoff during the drive home to Canada after the 2006 Dressage in Florida season. In December the couple had a week long wedding party at the Puerto Plata at Sun Village Resort.
They were joined by a group of 40 friends and family throughout the week. Much of the Canadian dressage gang was there: Ashley and Rusty Holzer, Evi Strasser, Cheryl Meisner, Tina and Jaime Irwin, Heather Ward and some of their fellow American equestrians as well, including Steve and Lori Racioppo.
Chris owns and operates Von Martels Dressage , located in Ridgetown Ontario. In Wellington, Florida for the 2007 winter season, Chris will be competing with both Korenbloem Charmeur and with Floris, (both owned by Dr. Patricia Tomney), and will have several other horses in training with him at South River Farms (home of Canadian Olympian, Ashley Holzer).
Happy Valentine's Day from DressageDaily!
Photo Credit: Trina Koster