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2020 Career Exploration Series

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A program designed for equine-inclined youth interested in exploring careers available in the Maryland horse industry.

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The Career Exploration Series gives equine-inclined youth the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers available in the Maryland horse industry. Participants will visit various locations, network with leaders and learn about career-advancement opportunities that are currently available.

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.

2020 Schedule:

April 18 - Thoroughbred Breeding - Shamrock Farm

Meet Thoroughbred foals and learn about the entire breeding process. Farm manager, Jim Steele, and the team will share their insights.

  • Start Time - 9:00 am
  • 4926 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine, MD

May 9 - Thoroughbred Sales - Fasig-Tipton Midlantic

Go behinds the scenes at one of the nation's most popular 2-year-old in training sales. Watch horses train with sales director, Paget Bennett, interact with consignors and see if you can pick a future star!

  • Start Time - 9:00 am
  • Sales Pavilion @ Md State Fairgrounds - 2200 York Rd, Timonium, MD

July 11 - Thoroughbred Racing - Laurel Park

Experience the typical morning of a Thoroughbred trainer. Learn about what makes a Thoroughbred racehorse's daily training schedule different from the average horse, and all that managing a racing stable entails.

  • Start Time - morning - Specifics TBD
  • 198 Laurel Race Track Rd, Laurel, MD


  • Click the orange "Select A Date" button
  • Choose which events (you are welcome to all!) you would like to attend
  • Limit four tickets per individual

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We are proud to partner with the Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program on this series. Learn more about their program below.

The Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program provides a supportive and inclusive setting for all youth to reach their fullest potential in a diverse society. Youth learn beneficial and cognitive life skills through community focused, research-based experiential education programs.

Maryland 4-H aspires to be a recognized leading youth development program that inspires youth and adults to learn, grow and work together as a catalyst for positive change. Maryland 4-H has five major Program Committees which serve to identify goals and actions to achieve the Maryland 4-H Program mission, vision, and core program components.

More specifically, the Maryland 4-H Horse Program offers many different opportunities for all youth to participate in a variety of horse related activities throughout the year. These activities include but are not limited to, Hippology (The study of the Horse); Horse Bowl (Similar to Jeopardy!); Horse Judging, Horse Communications; Webinar Series, Clinics, Industry Partners, and the State 4-H Horse and Pony show! Youth develop competencies in equine science, including an understanding of equine sciences and management as well as an awareness of agricultural issues in society (e.g. a concern for animal well being and increasing public agricultural literacy.)

For more information about the Horse Program please E-mail Rebecca at or visit

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