As part of their coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics, The Wall Street Journal spoke with Chris on what it takes to fly horses around the world.
Chris von Martels of Ridgetown, ON, recently had a successful debut in the dressage portion of the renowned CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival, held in Aachen, GER from July 8-17.
Canadian Dressage rider Chris Von Martels made his name known throughout the world last year, earning the Individual Bronze and Team Silver medals on Zilverstar at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, and being named Canadian Equestrian Athlete of 2015.
It was a 1-2 finish in the Grand Prix division at the last Olympic qualifier held in North America.
Chris von Martels, newly anointed Canadian Equestrian Athlete of 2015, claimed his first victory on Divertimento Saturday winning the inaugural Tryon CDI3* Grand Prix Special with a personal best score.
Chris von Martels of Ridgetown, ON, has been named both the 2015 Equestrian of the Year and the Dressage Canada Athlete of the Year thanks to his exceptional major games debut at the Pan American Games.
Chris Von Martels rode Divertimento in an Adequan Global Dressage Festival national Grand Prix Sunday, the first competition for the Canadian rider and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding.
Chris von Martels, Canada’s Pan American Games team silver and individual bronze medalist, has secured two new mounts that he plans to campaign this year.
Following a hotly contested team final that saw the United States edge Canada for the gold medal, 21 athletes returned on Tuesday to determine the individual medals.
Following a hard fought battle with the United States, the Canadian Dressage Team claimed the silver medal on Sunday, July 12, at the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games.