Upcoming CHP Events

Jane MurrayJane Murray: Executive Director 

Jane 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 Event Riders of North America's Executive Board of Directors.

marc staff 3bMarc 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). He took over the role of organizer of the recognized events in the fall of that year and 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 competed 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, in Boston, he continued eventing to the CCI2* 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 all competitions at the Carolina Horse Park, the AEC's, multiple FEI events, World Cup Qualifiers as well as horse shows and grand prix in the US and Canada. Marc's assisted Richard Jeffery at the National Horse Show and Richard and Conrad Homfeld at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. He has also designed the show jumping courses for the Gatcomb Park Horse Trials in the UK. In 2016, Marc was named to the USPC Academy of Achievement and the Professional Riders Organization honored him, 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.

ChristineandZoeChristine 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.

abby staffAbby Schlicht: Finance & 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 Finance and Logistics 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.
Liz 1aElizabeth McNeill: Bookkeeper & Volunteer Coordinator 

Elizabeth is a Hoke County native serving as Bookkeeper and Volunteer Coordinator. 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!
dan staffDan 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 Trial. Dan currently enjoys a slew of granddaughters, family, and rare leisure time at his home just down the road from CHP.

Jamie Thomas: Facilities Assistant Jamie

Jamie has called the Southern Pines area home for the past thirteen years, having graduated from Pinecrest High School in 2009. Originally from Ohio, his family moved often with the military. Years spent growing up in TN fostered his life-long passion for animals. In high school he spent the majority of his time in the automotive shop learning how to work on cars and small engines. When he was not at school he was always found fixing things around the house while his father was deployed. He has a natural knack for mending things and problem solving. After graduating from high school, Jamie started working at Camp Mackall on a military contract for four years. He’s most recently been employed at Aloha Safari Zoo in Cameron, NC combining his interest in animals and repair. He is very excited to join the maintenance team at the Park! When Jamie is not working he can be found fishing or at the beach.


Get in Touch with CHP!

Telephone: 910-875-2074
Fax: 910-875-4310
Email: Send CHP an Email

2814 Montrose Rd.
Raeford, NC 28376

Upcoming Events at CHP

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