|Jane Murray: Executive Director
Jane Murray has been participating in horse sports since the early 1970's primarily in eventing, is a United States Pony Club "A" rider and has spent many years running horse trials and working with non profit organizations focused on land preservation and horse sports. Originally a banker in Boston for over 20 years, Jane was the managing director of HR and Marketing for the Bank of Boston's National and International Corporate Banking franchises and the Director of Compensation and Benefits at FleetBoston. She has previously served on the Carolina Horse Park board of directors and as the organization's executive director from 2008 to early 2012. Jane currently serves as a member of the United States Eventing Associations Strategic Planning Committee, the United States Equestrian's Gold Cup Signature Series Organizing Committee and is a member of the Professional Riders' Organization's Executive Board of Directors.
|Marc Donovan: Program Director
Marc came on board at the Carolina Horse Park in 2013 as organizer and originator of the highly sucessful Cabin Branch Event Series (now, War Horse Event Series) and took over the role of organizer of the recognized events in the fall of that year. He is the Event Director of the Carolina International and Horse Trial. In 2016 he became Program Director of the Carolina Horse Park. Early in his riding career he showed Pony Hunters, and later, in the Equitation divisions. Marc was a member of the Meadow Brook Hounds Pony Club, in NY, and received his "A" rating. After graduating from Emerson College he continued eventing to the CCI** level. Now a USEF "R" rated show jumping course designer, he brings multiple skills to his job at the Park. Marc has, and continues to design show jumping courses for many competitions at the Carolina Horse Park, the AEC's, multiple FEI events, World Cup Qualifiers as well as horse shows and grand prix. He's assisted Richard Jeffery at the National Horse Show and assisted Richard and Conrad Homfeld at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. In 2016, The Professioanl Riders Organization honored Marc, at the USEA Annual Convention, as an "extrodinary individual that positively impacted the sport of eventing through dedicated service and support of horses, riders, and events". Having first come to Southern Pines in 1989, Marc now resides in Whispering Pines, NC.
|Abby Schlicht: Events & Logistics Manager
Abby Schlicht was born in New York, NY. At the age of four her parents packed up and moved to Nashville, TN, where they lived until Abby was 7 years old. She and her parents then moved to Connecticut, where she lived until moving to Rhode Island for college. While attending Roger Williams University, Abby received a BA in History with a minor in Sociology / Anthropology. Abby has always been interested in studying cause and effect, getting to the root of why things happened. After graduating college in 2006, Abby took a leap and moved to North Carolina. Abby began her career at the Park in 2009, taking a 15 month gap from the end of September 2012 to January 2014. Since returning to the Park, Abby has been able to use skills that come naturally. Abby’s position as Logistics and Event Manager offer her a lot of diversity in her responsibilities and the projects she oversees. When free timeallows, Abby enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.
|Elizabeth McNeill: Bookeeper & Events Assistant
Hoke County native, Elizabeth McNeill, is the newest member of the Carolina Horse Park team, serving as Bookkeeper and Events Assistant. After graduating from Sandhills Community College and working at Tarheel Hatchery in Raeford, Liz attended the Agricultural Institute at North Carolina State University, graduating with Associate degrees in Agribusiness and Livestock and Poultry Management. Liz serves as our contact for the annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase. She enjoys working with and greeting the public, meeting and working with event participants, contributing innovative and practical ideas for events and daily operations, and being an active and enthusiastic CHP team member!
|Christine Phipps: Development Manager
Christine always loved horses. She started riding at age 6 and hasn't stopped. When she discovered eventing, at age 12, she could not get enough of it. At age 16 her family moved back to upstate New York. In December of 2011, Christine graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Business Administration focusing on Management and a BS in Animal Science focusing on Equine. At UNH, Christine participated in the riding program and rode for both the IHSA (hunt seat) and IDA (dressage) teams. She was President of the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority in 2011. Following graduation she moved to Ocala, FL to work with an upper level competitor. There she gained experience grooming at multiple upper level events including Red Hills, The Fork, and Fair Hill International. Upon returning to New England, Christine worked at the Myopia Hunt Club stables where she escorted clients fox hunting, ran summer pony camp & competed her beloved Connemara Thoughbred mare "Zoe". In the fall of 2013 she moved to Southern Pines to work at Setters' Run Farm with Ariel Grald. She loves living in NC. In her spare time she enjoys riding, playing tennis and spending time with her dog Cody. Christine is looking forward to contributing her skills to the success of CHP by combining her experience in the equine industry with her business degree.
|Dan Nesser: Facilities Manager
Dan was born into a large family and raised to work their self-sufficient farm in Southern Ohio. The mechanics of maintaining fertile land, repairing broken machinery and knowing animal nature and care were taught by his parents. As a young adult he took on many different occupations including owning/managing a gas and service station while he began married life with a baby daughter. He had two sons after that and was a prison guard for over a decade. During that time he also restored vintage cars and was highly sought after for his auto body work by local customers. After saying goodbye to prison work, Dan started an excavating company followed by a trucking company that transported pharmaceutical goods. In April of 2004 he moved to North Carolina and found the Carolina Horse Park. His initial assignment at the Park was to ready it for the very first American Eventing Championship--and he had never heard of combined training events! Ten years later Dan found himself getting the Park ready to host the first ever Carolina International CIC and Horse Trials. Dan currently enjoys a slew of granddaughters, family, and rare leisure time at his home just down the road from CHP.
|Emory Lewis: Facilities Assistant
In June 2016, everyone at the Park was pleased to welcome Emory Lewis to the staff as our new Facilities Assistant. Emory will be a familiar face to many as he is a longtime Raeford resident and lives down the street from the CHP and has assisted with projects and events at the Park in the past. He is extremely excited to be at the Horse Park in a permanent role, as working here has been a longtime dream. Emory will work closely with Dan preparing the CHP for events and competitions and making sure the facility stays in its excellent condition.