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* (currently CCI3*) 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.

abby staffGrace Payne: Sr. Operations Analyst

Grace was born in Florida and raised in Georgia. Upon graduating high school in 2004, she promptly joined the Army. During her four year enlistment, she was able to travel to many different domestic locations for training and to Iraq for a 15 month deployment. After separating from the military, Grace was able to continue her domestic travels with her family as her husband continued with his military career. At the time Grace and her family were stationed at Fort Bragg, she succeeded in earning her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accountancy at Methodist University. After some time working in the private sector as an accountant, Grace and her family have finally settled back in Fayetteville, NC. In her downtime, she enjoys reading, cooking and being outdoors. She’s also recently picked up woodworking as a new hobby. But still being a novice, she won’t be taking requests for custom cabinets just yet!

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.

shannonShannon Habenicht: Development Manager

Having grown up with horses - both at her home and boarding and showing at Cedarhill Farm (Charlotte, NC) as a child - Shannon got the horse ‘bug’ early and continuously. While she grew up riding the hunter jumper circuit, she now rides her horse, Dodger, just for fun on the trails. Shannon is at CHP quite often for horse trials with her daughter and brings an interesting perspective as a horse mom, equestrian and marketing professional. Shannon has been in the marketing and public relations field for over 20 years. She has a solid background in writing and running promotional events, as well as advertising sales, project management and client relations. Most recently, Shannon managed an equestrian publication for five years. She also founded a new equestrian virtual magazine - Around the Water Trough, an online gathering place for all things equine. 

abby staffSierra Simmerman: Volunteer Coordinator

From Monroe, NC, I grew up riding a number of horses and have been spotted out in the cross country field, jumper ring and hunter circuits. While earning my bachelor's degree in Animal Science at NC State, I was an active member of the Eventing Team and interacted with the Park, a place I've considered my second home for years, through competitions and volunteering. Over the past couple years, I have worked directly with volunteer coordinating, educational programming and community engagement through my employment with Extension Horse Husbandry and the NC State 4-H Horse Program.

Get in Touch with CHP!

Telephone: 910-875-2074
Fax: 910-875-4310
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2814 Montrose Rd.
Raeford, NC 28376

Upcoming Events at CHP

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