Launched in 2017, the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program is an educational program presented by the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation (MHIF) that aims to:

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

Over the course of a week, participants are encouraged to fully engage in the Maryland Thoroughbred industry and explore a multitude of career options. Graduates of the MTCP are eligible to apply for Career Development Funds, one-time funding that can be used to further career pursuits within two years after the program ends. 

FAQs - Application

Launched in 2018, the Work Experience Program provides qualified applicants with the opportunity to gain work experience in the field of their choice. Hours worked by the participants in their internship are funded by the MHIF, so that host sites can provide an engaging and educational experience with no financial burden. The MHIF helps connect qualified applicants internship opportunities, based on their future career goals and what aspects of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry interest them most. Previous internship locations include:

  • Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association
  • Fair Hill Training Center
  • Maryland Horse Industry Board - Horseland at the Maryland State Fair

Intern Profiles

Launched in 2018, the Mini Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program is a partnership with the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation (MHIF) and University of Maryland Extension 4-H Horse program to allow 4-H youth to learn about and experience the Thoroughbred industry. A three-part series run throughout the beginning of the year for 4-H youth ages 14 and older, the Mini MTCP's sessions cover topics such as reproduction, training, and sales, while exposing youth to various organizations and individuals within Maryland's Thoroughbred Industry. Sessions are held at various locations around the state. 

Hear about the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP) and Work Experience Program from the MHIF Director of Development, Jordyn Egan.