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Canadian showjumper Eric Lamaze has got engaged to his long-term girlfriend Alexis Stein.

The 45-year-old Olympic gold medallist surprised the 24-year-old musician and equestrian from New York by dropping down on one knee last weekend in Wellington, Florida.

“She’s meant something to me for a long time, but it took a while for me to realize what I really had,” said Eric, whose gesture was witnessed by the couple’s beloved Pomeranian dog Gigi.  “I’ve known Alexis for many years, and it was time to act on my feelings.

“I will support her in anything that she does, just as she will support me in everything that I do.  She is truly an incredible person.”

As yet, no date has been set for the wedding.