COVID-19 Update: In the best interest of the health and safety of our participants, we are planning to push back the date of the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program (MTCP), originally scheduled for June 8-13. If you are a prospective applicant, please let us know what new date range you prefer by filling out this survey

We ask that you include your name/email so we are able to notify you of the new date range for the program, when it is confirmed. 

The application deadline for this year's program has been extended to June 19.

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.

Interested? Contact Jordyn Egan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Applications are due June 19. 

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

COVID-19 Update: We have postponed the April 18 and May 9 sessions of the Career Exploration Series.

The Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old sale has been rescheduled for late May and late June, so it is likely that we will do the sales session before one of those...probably June to be extra safe. For now, the July 11 session will remain as planned.

Given the nature of the situation, we will hold off on confirming dates until we get through the end of April. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or concerns.

Launched in 2018, the Career Exploration Series, formerly known as 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 youth to learn about and experience the Thoroughbred industry. A three-part series run throughout the beginning of the year for youth ages 14-19, the CES 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.

Maryland and non-Maryland residents are all welcome! No previous experience with horses is required.

Note: This program is designed for people between the ages of 14 and 19. Parents/chaperones are welcome to join, but please only RSVP for participants.

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