The Norwegian horse trainer Mette Camilla Moe Manseth, who has been living in Iceland for many years, has passed the master’s examination of the equine university of Hólar í Hjaltadal and is now entitled master of equitation, hestafrettir.is reports.
Mette is the first woman in the history of the university to obtain this title. Before her the instructors Eyjólfur Ísólfsson, the recently deceased Reynir Aðalsteinsson, Benedict Lindal, the most successful Icelandic sports rider of all time, Sigurbjörn Bárðarson and Þórarinn Eymundsson had passed the test.
A rider qualifies for this examination after having trained horses for at least 12 years, and educated riders for at least eight years at the highest level. The rider must have horsemanship skills and specific knowledge and also have published scientific articles in relevant journals and books. In addition, to hold all the qualifications of the Horse Taming Association FT.
Two weeks ago Mette attended the seminar Í þagu hestsins / In the interest of the horse together with her collegue Þórarinn Eymundsson.
The seminar by the German vet Dr. Gerd Heuschmann thematized correct riding and animal welfare for horses.
*Mette Manseth on her two examination horses. Photo: Jens Einarsson.