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, 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, 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, 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 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 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 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