• The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will:

    The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will:

    Increase awareness of the diverse career options in the Thoroughbred industry
  • The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will:

    The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will:

    Give participants access to leaders in all facets of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry
  • The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will:

    The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will:

    Highlight various paths for pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry
  • The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will:

    The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will:

    Address a critical need to attract and retain experienced employees
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LAUREN CARTER - WOODSTOCK, MD

Lauren Carter, 22, is a graduating 5th year student at the University of Maryland, College Park. As an Equine Studies (Animal Science) major and someone who has been working with horses since five years of age, she hopes to pursue her passion for horses in a sustainable career. She will be applying for the KEMI program in the fall, and in the next three years she will be working full-time to prepare for graduate school in Equine Reproduction. She is currently working for Chanceland Farm, working with broodmares, foals and yearlings.

BRIANNA HIGGS - BRYANS ROAD, MD

Brianna Higgs, 21, is a rising senior at Centenary University in New Jersey. She is majoring in Equine Studies with a concentration in both Equine Science and Equine Business Management with the hopes of stepping in to the aftercare aspect of horse racing. Brianna regularly competed throughout her junior career, and continues to do so during her collegiate career as part of the Hunter Jumper Team at Centenary. She is currently a member of the Retired Racehorse Project and is aiming towards competing her own horse, Open Petition, in the 2018 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover. Brianna is thrilled to be a part of the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program as it is a great way to further her knowledge and gain great connections within the Thoroughbred industry.

CAMILLE LEE - EDGEWATER, MD

Camille Lee, 19, will be entering her junior year at the University of Maryland, College Park, this fall continuing as an Animal Science/Pre-Vet major. She has been working for Dr. Amy Burk with the UMD Equine Breeding Program since the end of her freshman year, where the foaling crew is involved with breeding, raising, and selling Thoroughbreds. Camille has become very interested in equine reproduction and working with young horses after working for the breeding program, but she is also interested in veterinary medicine and the after-care of OTTBs, her long-term goal includes becoming an equine veterinarian.

AMBER ROHER - BOWIE, MD

Amber Roher, 20, will be a junior at the University of Kentucky this fall; where she is double majoring in Equine Science & Management and Sustainable Agriculture. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she plans on getting a Master’s Degree in Animal Science. She is most interested in the breeding and rehabilitation aspect of the equine industry. However, she is willing to explore and learn about many different pathways that are involved with the racing industry.

FARRAH STABELL - LOUISVILLE, KY

Farrah Staebell, 18, is a current freshman at Colorado State University and majoring in equine science. She hopes to finish her undergraduate degree and get her DVM to pursue equine surgery and sports medicine. She has extensive hours interning at equine clinics throughout Kentucky and spends her free time riding at Biggins Stables and volunteering at equine camps and charities. She's excited to explore the many aspects of the Thoroughbred industry.

KANDACE TIGOR - WESTMINSTER, MD

Kandace Tignor, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Findlay in Ohio. She’s currently pursuing a double major education for Pre-Veterinary Medicine as well as English Equestrian Studies. Kandace is a native Marylander, and is looking forward to finding career opportunities with MTCP in her home state once her education is complete. At Findlay, she is a member of the University’s Eventing team. Kandace enjoys riding horses, spending time outdoors, and working with animals of all shapes and sizes.

What is the MTCP?

The MTCP is a career development initiative started by the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation with the purpose of:

  • Increasing awareness of the diverse career options in the Thoroughbred industry

  • Giving participants access to leaders in all facets of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry

  • Highlighting various paths for pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry

  • Addressing a critical need to attract and retain experienced employees

What topics will the MTCP cover?

A tentative list of topics to be outlined is below. These topics are subject to change based on timing and availability of appropriate speakers.

  • Breeding - stallions, mares, foaling, mating decisions

  • Racing - racetrack management, training, regulation

  • Sales - roles of the sales company, bloodstock agents, consignors

  • Other - aftercare, global industry insights, business basics and more

Who can apply for the MTCP?

The program is open to United States residents between the ages of 17 and 22 (exceptions will be considered).

What are the dates of the 2019 MTCP?

The 2019 program will run from June 3-8.

When are applications due?

Applications are due by April 19, 2019, please check back with us after the beginning of the year for more details.

The application can be found HERE.  It must be completed online.

Is there a fee to participate?

There is no fee to apply or participate; however, participants are required to pay for their own expenses (food, fuel, etc) throughout the week.

Will I be paid if I am accepted?

No. Participants will not be compensated for their time during the program.

Do I need to have my own transportation?

Yes. While you are not required to have your own car, you must be able to get to the various meeting locations on time. We will do our best to identify central meeting locations in order to minimize the amount of driving time required for all participants.

Will lodging be provided for participants?

Participants are expected to provide their own lodging. For participants visiting from out-of-state, we will do our best to help find an affordable lodging option for the week.

What if I cannot make it to all of the activities throughout the week?

With the exception of a documented emergency, participants are required attend all of the activities. Arriving late or missing an activity entirely may result in dismissal from the program.

Does completion of the MTCP guarantee me a job?

No. While we cannot guarantee MTCP graduates a job, we will work with participants to identify appropriate next steps in their career development pursuits.

What are Career Development Funds?

Career Development Funds are a one-time funding source available to MTCP graduates who are looking to further their career within the industry. Eligible pursuits include, but are not limited to, college tuition, technical training or business start-up costs.

How do I apply for Career Development Funds?

There will be a separate application process for Career Development Funds that can only be completed after graduating from the MTCP. Graduates must apply for funds within two years of finishing the program. Not all graduates are guaranteed access to Career Development Funds.

Why the 17-22 age range? What if I am older?

This age range generally encompasses the years in which the first major career decisions are made. We are open to applicants under 17 and over 22 if the program seems like a good fit. Please to not hesitate to call or email if you would like to discuss further before applying.

The Maryland Horse Industry Foundation (MHIF) announces an exciting career development initiative to launch in June 2017. 

The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP) is a week-long curriculum will:

  • Increase awareness of the diverse career options in the Thoroughbred industry
  • Give participants access to leaders in all facets of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry
  • Highlight various paths for pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred industry
  • Address a critical need to attract and retain experienced employees

The MTCP is open to United States residents ages 17 to 21. A maximum number of six people will be selected for the inaugural class. Over the course of one week, participants will be exposed to all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry through site visits and discussions with industry leaders. Applications for the June 2017 program are due April 21; more details can be found at MarylandHorseIndustryFoundation.org.

Cricket Goodall, executive director of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association says, “The focus of the MHIF is education. We want to expose people to the broad range of career opportunities in the horse industry. With this MTCP itinerary we will give the participants a chance to spend time with industry leaders and experience what they do. Along with farm and race track managers they will meet writers, graphic designers, event managers and public relation professionals.”

Participants that successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for one-time funding to further their career pursuits within two years after their program ends. This funding - Career Development Funds - can be utilized for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, tuition assistance or business start-up costs. The funds are not guaranteed to everybody that completes the program. The application process for Career Development Funds will be announced at a later date.

Sal Sinatra, Maryland Jockey Club general manager states, “It is a challenge to get young professionals to take a look at all of the career options available at the track - accounting, guest services, catering and more. The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program will provide people that are passionate about horses the opportunity to get a first hand look at the wide variety of jobs the Thoroughbred industry has to offer. This program inspired us to launch the Maryland Jockey Club Students on Track Career Initiative, which will work hand-in-hand with the MTCP to attract and retain the next generation of leaders in the Maryland horse industry.” 

Click here for application details or contact Jordyn Egan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. 

The Maryland Horse Industry Foundation is a 501c3 organization chartered in 1988 by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) to serve various educational and charitable needs of the Maryland horse industry.

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  • What is the MTCP?

    The MTCP is a career development initiative started by the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation with the purpose of increasing awareness of the diverse career options in the Thoroughbred industry, giving participants access to leaders in all facets of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry, highlighting various paths for pursuing a career in Read More
  • Who can apply?

    The program is open to United States residents between the ages of 17 and 22. Read More
  • When are applications due?

    Applications for the 2019 MTCP are due April 19, 2019. Read More
  • What are the dates of the 2019 MTCP?

    The 2019 program will run from June 3-8. Read More
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Sample Schedule

Day Topic
Monday Intro, Industry Overview & MHBA/MML/MAT
Tuesday Training & Rehabilitation
Wednesday Stallion Operations
Thursday Breeding and Raising Young Horses
Friday Sales company and consignors
Saturday Racetrack Management and Day at the Races