Our Real Estate Market – 2023 – A Broker’s Conversation

Nikki Bowman is the Broker/Owner of Realty World and has 20 years of experience in the Moore County real estate market.

Our conversation runs the gamut from Tax Reassessments, Financing Options in a Multiple Offer market, the rules pertaining to Due Diligence money,

Tips to Buyers, Sellers, first time home buyers, and the value of Broker-to-Broker relationships.





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This event brings in Olympic riders from around the world, the best of the best!

Saturday, March 18th is the Carolina International. They will have a Vendor Village and Food Trucks every day but on that Saturday they will also have a
Kids Zone with a climbing wall, bouncy houses, face painting from 10-4pm. Everything is free and open to the public. On Friday and Saturday, the
Sandhills Trolley company is providing shuttle service at the event for all spectators.

Marc Donovan: Program Director

Marc came on board at the Carolina Horse Park in 2013 as organizer and originator of the highly successful 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 “extraordinary 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.

Shannon Habenicht: Director of Development and Communications

Has been involved with horses since elementary school. Been at the park for over 3 years – Development manager for 2 years, in current role for one
year. Manages all aspects of development for the park including sponsorships, fundraising, event planning, social media promotion, marketing. We own 4 horses and our daughter, Finley, is an eventer.

Carolina Horse Park Foundation | 2814 Montrose Road | Raeford | NC | 28376
C: 704.779.6502|www.carolinahorsepark.com
E: Shannon@carolinahorsepark.com

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Women Of the Pines Casino Night at the Fair Barn

Feb. 25th, 2023 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Women of the Pines will also speak about their upcoming Health Symposium on March 10th.

The Details of the Casino Night Event:

Guest-friendly Casino Games for all to enjoy-Blackjack, Texas Hold’Em, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat

Guests will play the games with chips, to trade for tickets to win unbelievable surprise prizes with one being a Grand Prize.

Guests are gifted with a pouch with 1 Free beverage ticket: Wine, Bourbon, or beer. And some game chips.

Additional beverages – wine, bourbon or beer will be a cash bar.

A very impressive wine pull -wines going for some $100 bottles. We are adding a Bourbon Pull this year for all the bourbon drinkers. Along with having a large Roulette Wheel -“A Game of Chance”

We will be having a full night of entertainment on our stage with Musicians, Demonstrations, Singing & Dancing, A Strolling Musician, and a Disc Jockey for Dancing. All our local entertainers have donated all their talents and time to support our community and WOTP. A Special Guest- Miss North Carolina, Miss Lara Beth Jones.

What a feast! White Rabbit is gracing us with 4 delicious stations and passed hors d’oeuvres.

All our committees have worked hard to bring our Signature Event to our Community and to focus on our mission to give back to our communities through researching different charities each year for the needs of our community.

Ladies are creating a Dessert Bar for all the sweet tooths.

Special Guest- Miss North Carolina- Lara Beth Jones

So many sponsors to thank: Our Event Sponsors are:

  • Republic National Distributing Company, Kitty Cremins
  • The Southern Pines Brewing Company, McKenzie Sharrow
  • Aaron McRae- Empire Distributors of North Carolina, Aaron McRae

All this for a low price of $75. And supporting the needs of our community. Please visit our websites to purchase
tickets-womenofthepines.org. Don’t delay, we are selling out fast!

Also, you will see on the event page our sponsorships opportunities for the event. We have offered a

Special gift for anyone who brings in one 2023 Title Sponsor

Special thanks to our Sponsorship – Supporting Sponsor- Glenda Kirby;

Our Bourbon & Wine Ambassador sponsors; Helen Kirk, Kathy Newcomb, Ruthie Walker, Changing Destinies

Our Community Helpers Sponsors-Barb Summers, Janice Davis, Susan Goodman, Dentist, Hochstetler Racing

Don’t delay, we are selling out fast!


A night to remember with your sweetheart and friends. There is something to enjoy for everyone!


Celebrating 50 years in 2024 (1974-2024).

Our Mission- The purpose of this organization shall be to work together to aid those in need in our community.

Membership Process- A prospective member will attend a WotP meeting as a guest of a current member before she may join.

Our charities – all local. Grantees change a bit each year depending on need and who applies for assistance. However-two organizations that received contributions in the early years that we continue to grant to –
Friend to Friend and Sandhills Community College (1993-present)

Fund Raising – we have three events: This year we have our annual bake sale in October, Casino Event is new this year and our annual Fashion Show.


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Tough Stump Technologies is a veteran owned business that fuses the latest remote sensing technology and decision making in a variety of application.

TST technology touches not just military concerns and operations, but those for law enforcement, agriculture, disaster relief and firefighters.

Cell Leaders, Jimbo Michael and Zeb Jaillet lead the discussion on many applications including drone photography for commercial uses.

Drone Use

  • First generation of military drones and use, challenges with acceptance of the system/concept.
  • How the use has changed in Zeb’s 24-year career.
  • What does it take to become a commercial pilot
  • How has Tough Stump utilized drones from 2016-present
  • Why commercial/cinematic flights
  • Drone use in public safety; local, state, federal.


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William Dean is a Moore County native and a 1991 graduate of Pinecrest High School. His perspective on the Moore County landscape is unique.

He is the founder of Skaters for Moore Grassroots Initiative and is heading up the drive to create a Skatepark in Southern Pines.

William recaps the origins of the park since 2005 and what the challenges and rewards of the creation of such a park will be and do for Moore County.

As the owner of Flowland in Aberdeen, William has had his hands on the pulse of Moore County and its changing demographics.



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