Class of 2019

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Thomas Dobbins
"Upon being accepted into the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program I was not sure of what to expect. But by the end of the week, I had to come to the realization that there are so many more opportunities in the Thoroughbred industry than I had ever imagined. Each of the places we visited welcomed us with open arms and answered every question asked, as they want to invest in us so that we as a whole can make a positive impact. Beyond the MTCP, the staff at the Maryland Horse Breeders Association has made an impact by gearing this program towards each individual interests and guide us along whatever path we choose."

Molly Harris
“Being able to take part in the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program opened my eyes to all the different career options that are available to me. I was able to dive deeper into the different jobs that interested me while networking and talking with passionate and knowledgeable leaders in industry. The MTCP provided me and the other participates with a diverse look into the Thoroughbred industry by allowing us to travel to numerous farms and business that gave us a well-rounded look into what the industry has to offer. Having been able to take part in this program allowed me to narrow down my future career goals and the steps I will take in order to achieve them. I would highly recommended this program to anyone who is eager to learn more about the Thoroughbred industry, you will not regret it!”

Elizabeth Moorman
“The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program was a terrific opportunity that allowed me to see firsthand many different aspects of Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry. Talking to professionals in the industry to hear what their careers consist of and how they got there helped me in narrowing down what I want as a career. I went into the program open-minded and was blown away by the diversity of this industry. Seeing how passionate everyone we talked to was about horses and racing really encouraged me that this is the industry I want to go into. I am very thankful for the connections this program provided and I am so excited for my future in the Thoroughbred racing industry.”

Emily Shiloh
“The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program has been an invaluable experience. Speaking with people from every part of the industry gave different perspectives and everyone we spoke with was truly invested in the future of the sport. I now have a much better understanding of the industry in general as well as somewhere to set my sights on for the future. The opportunity to meet so many industry professionals within the span of a week has opened up so many doors for me, now the only issue is being able to choose one!“

Rachel Stockslager
“After learning of this program, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it. I am on the fence about what I want to do as a career, but I know it has to be involving horses. This program allowed me to see so many different kinds of jobs within the industry that I never knew existed, so it really opened my options up. I found interest in a few of the jobs we got to witness as well, so I have added them to my career possibilities to consider. Not only that, but the networking opportunities this program provides are truly outstanding. Everyone we came in contact with, whether it be at the MHBA or those we met at each location we visited, were all willing to provide their contact information and welcomed us to reach out to them for help or advice any time, and that was really the best part. The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program is an extraordinary experience that anyone chosen to be part of is very lucky to do so, I highly recommend applying for this opportunity. It was eye-opening and incredibly refreshing, and I walked away from the week with a new feeling of hope and excitement for my future."

Zara Pyzowski
“When I applied for the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program, I expected to travel to many farms and organizations across the state, make connections with influential trainers and breeders, and meet outstanding people. Not only did the program achieve my expectations, but surpassed them tenfold. Alongside a group of five of my peers and guided by two outstanding mentors, we were granted the unbelievable opportunity to meet some of the most influential professionals in the Maryland Thoroughbred industry. Upon meeting all of these people and learning about their day-to-day lives and hearing about their experiences, I was able to make decisions to narrow down the broad and ever growing spectrum of careers in the equine industry to what I'm truly interested in. I was astounded by the number of unique, different professions scattered throughout Maryland both in the office, on the track, in the breeding shed, and in the hunt fields. Everyone that we met was eager to help, excited to share their experiences, and many have already helped to point me in the right direction to advance in my favorite fields of interest. I am so grateful for this opportunity, and will highly recommend it to other friends who have expressed an interest in learning more about careers with Thoroughbreds. It has helped to pave a path for me, and it is a path that I'd never have known to travel had I not been introduced to this fantastic program and all of the generous people involved.”

Class of 2018

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Camille Lee
“My experience with the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program was truly memorable and really helped me shape my career goals. Throughout the week, I was able to speak one-on-one with professionals in all facets of the Thoroughbred racing industry. Learning about what their profession entails on a day-to-day basis as well as what they accomplished in order to be successful really helped me see what I want to be a part of. I was amazed (and still am) at the number of jobs in the racing industry; without participating in the 2018 MTCP I would still be trying to understand all of the different careers I am interested in, instead I feel much more confident about my future plans. To anyone that is interested in the Thoroughbred racing industry, I would highly recommend applying for the MTCP, it was an amazing experience and I am so thankful for the opportunity!”

Farah Staebell
“The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program allowed me to delve into the many unexplored facets of the Thoroughbred industry and gain experiences that I might not have the opportunity to encounter, including sales, track management, and rehabilitation. I was able to gain important connections and new tools that I can carry with me for the rest of my career. My favorite part of the program was the diversity that it provides. Although I am studying to be a veterinarian, each and every individual I met, be it a jockey, track manager, or horse breeder, gave me valuable advice that I can apply in my work. The most important things I learned during the MTCP couldn’t come from a textbook or class, but only from years of errors and successes that our hosts had experienced. It was truly incredible to see how open these individuals were to share the lessons that they had learned and to be mentors for the future generation of the industry. I came out of the MTCP with dozens of new connections in all aspects of the industry who are willing to guide me through any path I choose.”

Lauren Carter
“The MTCP is an amazing program that allows participants to learn more about employment in the Maryland Thoroughbred industry. It made me rethink my career path, and opened my eyes to the size and ability of the horse industry to provide sustainable jobs. As someone who always knew I would have to work with horses as a career, I thought I needed to get either a DVM or PhD. I was set on a PhD, but the program allowed me to discover jobs I would love doing that don’t require another degree. It has also helped me to discover my love for racing and excitement to get out to the track. We met some amazing and well-respected members of the industry, each shared important information to steer us to our niche. I plan to stay updated on races and news within the industry, and to keep contacts with those that had the greatest impact on me.”

Brianna Higgs
“When I began the application for the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program I was excited for the possibilities I believed it would provide, but after completing the week, I can say that it has provided so much more than just possibilities. This program opens doors into the Thoroughbred industry that I did not even know existed. From traveling to the many different successful breeding and training programs to exploring the workings of a major racetrack, the MTCP has provided me and my fellow participants with connections to some of the most welcoming, passionate, and knowledgeable people. I have no doubt that I will be able to find my place within the industry after completing this program. I have gained great friends and mentors from the week, and for that I will forever be grateful to have been a part of the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in even the smallest aspect of the Thoroughbred industry.”

Amber Roher
“My experience in the MTCP was wonderful! I went into the program with an opened mind and continued to have one throughout the week. This program helped me narrow down the career path that I want to follow. The program showed the many different viewpoints and paths that have lead individuals to be successful in the equine industry. This was a great experience and I’m so thankful that I was able to participate.”

Kandace Tignor
“The MTCP was an incredible opportunity for me to see what’s out there and meet our industry professionals. The horse industry is also a people industry, so it’s so important to build these connections now for a meaningful career in the future. I saw careers and aspects I didn’t even know existed, and I even landed an amazing summer job at a breeding farm because of the people I met in this program. This is a great opportunity for any goal-oriented person that wants to see what’s out there.”

 Class of 2017

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Sidney Boots
"The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program aims to immerse you into each aspect of the Maryland Thoroughbred industry and the experience I had at the inaugural program far surpassed that intent. Each action packed day allowed us to network with people who were incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable, granted us access to phenomenal facilities and operations, and allowed us to grow as professionals with other youth with similar passions. I would recommend this program to anyone from anywhere who is passionate about horses and has a thirst for learning."

Katie Brooks
“The Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program allowed me to explore many different career options within the Thoroughbred industry. I met and spoke with leaders in the various fields of the industry, met some amazing fellow interns, and was able to visit many beautiful farms and facilities. Everyone was so kind and it was great to see that so many people were excited for us to be there. It truly was an insightful, worthwhile, and fun experience that I am grateful to have been a part of!”

Megan George
“Coming into the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program, I expected that I would meet several of the top leaders in the industry and make some important contacts along the way. What I didn't anticipate was the overwhelming wave of support and encouragement we received from every single person, farm, and organization. Everyone we met expressed a sincere desire to see young students rise to become the newest contributors to the industry, and offered us professional insight and advice. I learned about areas of the industry that initially appealed to me, and was also able to see how my interests and career goals fit into a much larger picture. I now feel more educated and aware of the vast impacts of the industry, where it has been, and where it is headed.”

Sara Gordon
"I applied for the Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program because I wanted to expand my knowledge about the opportunities throughout the Thoroughbred industry. But I found even more than that. I've met amazing people with great stories of success, spectacular breeding and training operations, and they all connect through one thing: a passionate community. One thing I heard quite often was that being in the industry isn't just a job, it's a livelihood. It's something that touches everyone involved and connects them through their love of the horse and the sport. You get to witness and experience all of that, and even more, participating in this program. I truly will treasure the time I've spent in it and all the connections I've made. If you want to delve into the industry, if you truly want to be a part of a dedicated community, I recommend applying to this program. This experience is something I will never forget!"

Tabitha Gregory
“This week has been one of the best experiences I have had in the horse industry. I was chosen to be a part of the very first Maryland Thoroughbred Career Program, put on by the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation. We spent the week touring farms and talking to people within the MD Thoroughbred Racing industry, and I can honestly say I was blown away by the amount of possible careers and also by how open, kind, and genuine everyone was. All of the people we talked to were just as excited for us to be a part of the industry as we were! If you are interested in the Thoroughbred industry, I highly recommend this program. After this week, I truly feel like I could find a place in this industry, and I am thankful for the MTCP team for making this week such an enjoyable experience.”

John Piassek
“As a big fan of Maryland racing, I knew all about how great the racing was in the state, but I did not know much about all the behind-the-scenes components that make it work. Through the MTCP, I was able to visit numerous farms and racetracks, and learn all about the inner workings of the Maryland industry. I feel like a more well-rounded racing fan because of it, and would strongly recommend the experience to anyone.”

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