For my Work Experience Program (WEP) internship I worked for Anne Litz, of the Maryland Horse Industry Board; and helped her coordinate and run Horseland at the 2019 Maryland State Fair. Horseland is one of the largest early-education and equine outreach events offered in Maryland, focused on promoting our horse industry and it’s unique variety of facets to the general public. I worked alongside Anne to organize exhibitors, create the schedule of events, and tackle all sorts of logistical concepts throughout my internship, while also working throughout the week of the Maryland State Fair.

My time spent in the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation’s (MHIF) Work Experience Program was invaluable. Based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, I had a tailor-made internship that fit my interests exactly and truly helped increase my experience as I pursue my long-term career goals.

This fall, I will be entering my third year of undergraduate school as I pursue a degree in Animal Science: Pre-Veterinary, with hopes of becoming a veterinarian one day. My tentative plan is to take a break after I graduate from the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio, and enter the workforce to establish financial stability before entering vet school.

Brianna Higgs copy2Brianna Higgs is currently a senior at Centenary University, where she is completing Bachelor’s degrees in both Equine Science and Equine Business Management. A graduate of the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation’s (MHIF) Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program, Brianna recently completed an internship at the Maryland Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association, which was facilitated through the MHIF’s Work Experience Program. You can read about her internship experience below.

Thank you to the MTHA for making this opportunity available to Brianna and to the MHIF donors that provide the funding that makes it possible for us to help equine-inclined youth in Maryland gain valuable experience in the Thoroughbred industry.

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