There are multiple options of vocational training within the Icelandic horse world. Many countries have their own education system, usually run by the national Icelandic horse organisation which provide courses and seminars, often interlinking, and cooperating with each other.
education for horse professionals
Iceland offers a university programme in Equine Science, a unique and high standard Bachelor degree study, incorporating lots of practical teaching experience. Hólaskóli, the Equine University of Iceland, receives students from multiple countries every year, that often go back to their home countries and work with teaching and training horses. Most years about 30% of the students are from abroad, so Hólaskóli is really educating Icelandic horse professionals from all over the world. The government-funded University has been the driving power in the education system in Iceland, along with the Trainers Association, FT, for several decades.
popular equine programs
In recent years, several high schools offer popular equine programs as part of the school curriculum, making this wonderful sport and lifestyle more available to everyone.
Various courses and seminars are also offered throughout the year, some organized by official organisations or schools, some held by private individuals. Generally, Icelandic horse riders are quite keen on expanding their skills and knowledge and many recreational riders attend various courses and seminars each year, making an effort to become a better rider and improving their horses.