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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 "extraodinary 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.

irina staffIrina Shklyar: Chief Administrative Officer

Irina Shklyar is originally from the Eastern European city of Minsk, Belarus. She immigrated to United States at the age of 19 with her family and landed in Long Island, NY where she has lived for the last 20 years. Irina recently moved to Pinehurst, NC and is enjoying a peaceful lifestyle with her husband, two children and a new dog. Irina brings Risk Management/Finance/Banking experience to the Park as she had spent most of her career at Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, and General Electric. Irina is a great team player with excellent communication skills. She is very excited to join the Carolina Horse Park family and is looking forward to making a difference for the Park by leveraging her skillsets in the financial and management arenas.

maggie staff 3bMaggie Cline: Director of Development


Maggie grew up on a farm in western Pennsylvania and spent her early days riding and showing in the hunter/jumper world. In college, she earned her BA in Equine Management and found her love of Eventing. Since graduating in 2012, she has worked in many aspects of the horse world, from hands on in the barn to behind the scenes at veterinary clinics. In 2017, she flipped a coin, moved to North Carolina and has called it “home” ever since. After a few more moves, she and her husband settled down at a small farm in Aberdeen, where they live with their daughter, two dogs, and one chestnut thoroughbred mare. She’s excited to explore her passions in the horse world as she joins the CHP team in September of 2021.

cherylCheryl Davis: Facilities Director

Cheryl grew up in Acton, MA. She was active in the Groton Pony Club and graduated in 1979 from Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, NY. After college Cheryl worked for Emerson, Bruce and Leslie Burr at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in CT. She spent the next nine years caring for Leslie’s string of top hunters, Mystic Emperor, Master of the Game, Rule the Blues and Mirror Image, eventually accepting the position of Head Groom/Stable Manager. Cheryl traveled on the road with Leslie and her jumpers; Albany, Nightwork, Boing, and Sedac, and had wins in the American Gold Cup and American International. She was selected to accompany the USET as support staff during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1985 European World Cup Finals in Berlin, Germany. Later, Cheryl worked as a Vet Technician for Dr. Richard Mitchell DVM at Fairfield Equine. There, Cheryl had the opportunity to leg up many wonderful horses returning to work after lay-up including, her favorite, The Natural. In 1995 Cheryl moved to Southern Pines and opened her own Morning Glory Farm, a lay-up retirement facility in Aberdeen. In 2013 she started organizing the schooling days and building jump courses at the Carolina Horse Park before joining the staff in 2020.

maggie staff 3bGay Stevens: Programs and Logistics Manager


Gay grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland horse showing and fox hunting but also trying almost any other horsey endeavor that came her way including pony club, 4-H, and a little bit of barrel racing. After attending college in NC she has worked as a news producer, in the financial industry and in real estate… all the while remaining involved with horses. She has three kids, two dogs, horses of course! These days she just rides for fun and most of her horse time is spent grooming for her daughter who shows hunters.

abby staffDee Charbonnet: Volunteer Coordinator

Dee began volunteering at CHP in 2016, as soon as she arrived in the Sandhills. As an “Army Brat” she traveled extensively growing up. The promise of a horse from her dad, when she could get to a barn by herself, happened her sophomore year in high school at Carlisle Barracks, PA. Heather, the wiry 15’2 hand buckskin of unknown breeding, handled everything a teenager with no lessons or sense could throw at the two of them. It was a glorious way to learn how to stay on. Formal riding training has been elusive for Dee. Colonel Alfred R. Kitts in Carlisle, Barbara Hatcher at Sullins College, and decades later Bobby Meyerhoff in California as Dee had a reintroduction to eventing after a 40 year hiatus. Dee has a BFA in Performing Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. Years of performances in the theatre and commercials were followed by becoming a professional casting agent and location scout, and then producer as Dee and her future husband Rip opened Zuzu Films, Inc., their own film and video company in Richmond. Dee became the Communications Director for a 3000 member Presbyterian church in northern California after she and Rip moved there with their 3 young children in 1997. Dee worked on major fundraising projects for her children’s public schools, and eventually became the Registrar/Counselor Tech for a large and diverse middle school. In 2017 Dee and Rip built their home in The Fields community in Cameron where Dee currently rides Nala, an OTTB, and Smoochie, her Friesian sport horse who is her partner in Working Equitation. Her husband Rip also owns and rides 2 equines, Fancy 017, a Quarter Pony and Lady May, a Standardbred pacer.

abby staffCaroline Johnson Strickland: Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Caroline began her journey with horses when she was just 3 years old and began riding on a 2 year old pony that her grandmother bought her. Growing up in Julian, North Carolina, her family supported her riding dreams by building a barn and pastures at their home! Growing up she rode hunters, equitation, western pleasure, and some rodeo but her heart lies in the hunters and equitation. Caroline attended North Carolina State University and graduated with 2 degrees, Agribusiness Management with a minor in Livestock Management and Sociology. Throughout her time at NCSU she continued to ride in the hunters, jumpers, and equitation and groom at horse shows. Throughout Caroline’s life, the horses have always traveled and moved with her. She now resides in Columbus County on her husband’s family farm where she has built a facility of her own for her horses that she has lovingly named, Distant Pines Stable, after her mare “Distance.” Caroline is excited to combine her passion for horses with her background in marketing working to support her favorite equestrian facility in the state!

abby staffPamela Jensen: Press Officer

Originally from Norwalk, CT, horses and the military brought Pam and her family to Moore County over 25 years ago. She has been involved in the horse community as a jumper competitor and with The Moore County Hounds. Pam has owned a successful real estate brokerage since 2006. Additionally, her diverse experience includes being a Chef Instructor at Sandhills Community College, Duke University, and Raleigh Art Institute. Pam's venture into a photography career grew as she captured her children, Jacqueline and Jeffrey, in their many activities. Pam seeks to capture a fleeting moment: of light, of laughter, the unusual and the unexpected. Of the moments which make us pause, make us think, and make us ask a question. Ultimately, Pam pursues moments that make all of us smile and bring us joy. Pam's numerous photography awards include the Equine Media Award 2022 and 2021 for her work with Sidelines Magazine. Pam is thrilled to be able to combine her love for all things equestrian and her passion for photography. Please introduce yourself as you see her behind the lens on the show grounds at Carolina Horse Park.

abby staffRicky McMillan: Facilities Coordinator

Ricky McMillan is from Aberdeen, North Carolina and joined the Carolina Horse Park team as its Facilities Coordinator in May of 2021. He was raised in the Five Points area and lives there now. Rick recently retired from his position at an electric company in April 2021, after 18 years repairing and installing overhead and underground electric lines on the frontline. His previous employer enjoyed his loyalty for over 20 years and Rick is ecstatic to extend that loyalty to Carolina Horse Park! Growing up as a member of a large family, he became educated in what it takes to raise livestock and cultivate the soil of the sandhills; all of which gave him the practical skills necessary to support the horse park and its events. He enjoys fishing, horseback riding and participating in other outdoor sports. Now that he has transitioned into a position with a more relaxed pace of living, he looks forward to spending more time at home spoiling his wife and their granddaughter.


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2814 Montrose Rd.
Raeford, NC 28376

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