Ayla´s University Fund

$5,950 of $32k goal

Raised by 37 people in 29 months

My name is Ayla Green, I am 19 years old. For as long as I can remember, horses have been a very large part of my life. The first time I ever sat on a horse was at 6 months old. Now that I am older and I am beginning to start my own independent life, I am training horses and traveling the world to do so. I work with my own personal horses every day, as well as horses that I take in training at home. I have been working to train horses with my mom since I was very young. I also have helped her teach a lot of the young students who are a part of her riding school. When I am not working at home, I am working with many different people from all over the US, as well as in Iceland. I am involved with a very special breed, The Icelandic horse. I have been riding Icelandics since I was about 5 or 6 years old, I really don´t know where I would be today without these special animals. 

   Riding and training Icelandic horses has been a serious passion of mine for about 8 years now, and I am planning on building a life around this wonderful breed. My ultimate dream would be to have my own farm, training facility, and teaching business in Iceland, but that goal is for another time! ;) I am currently planning on studying at a University in Iceland called Hólar. This University specializes in the training of the Icelandic horse.  Hólar is also one of the most respected schools where one can learn horsemanship with Icelandic horses. 

   There are 3 years of education offered at this University. The students who complete all 3 years of these studies graduate with a BS degree in riding, training, and riding instruction. You are not required to complete all 3 years of schooling to attend the college. After the first year, a test is taken as an "instructor" and you are awarded with a diploma. After the second year, students complete the diploma for training horses. Finally, after three years, the student will graduate with the BS degree. 

   For the past 9 months I have been working in Iceland at a few different farms saving up money, learning more Icelandic, and of course learning more in my riding. I decided in the winter to try out for Landsmót of 2016, and I made it in!! I competed in the first day of Landsmót and I had so much fun! I learned a lot about competing and I had such a great time with the mare I was competing on, it was the experience of a lifetime! Landsmót 2016 was actually held at my future school Hólar í Hjaltadal. I got to spend some time on the campus and get to know the area a little bit better which was very nice.

   A portion of the money I am saving up will go to buying the proper equipment that is necessary for training horses. An estimate for the cost of the equipment is around $5,000 at the least. A very large portion of the money will be going to paying the boarding fees for any horses that I will be keeping at the school. Typically this is anywhere from $200-$400 every month. I will need to have three of my own horses over the three years of studying. Another large portion of the money will be going to paying the rent for an apartment. This generally costs $400 if you are living with someone else. The rest of the money will be going to annual registration fees which is $613 to be exact. This all comes out to an estimated total of $32,040. 

   I got accepted to Hólar University in June of this year (2016). I have been working very hard for this for many many years now and I'm so incredibly excited for the next three years of experience and education I will get from attending school! I will begin my studies as a first year student this coming fall in August 2016! I am now back home for the rest of the summer working and saving up money in preparation for school. Donations are still welcome seeing as every penny counts and I will be attending Hólar as a first year student in the upcoming fall of 2016! training Icelandic horses has been a very big part of my life. I am ready to make a career out of this lifestyle.  Help me fulfill my dreams by donating anything that you can to my college fund! Maybe one day I will have that breeding farm and teaching/training facility, but first, I need the credentials. :)

                                                     Yours Truly,

                                                             Ayla Green

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Update 10
Posted by Ayla Green
7 months ago
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In the beginning of April, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the FEIF Breeding Trainers Seminar which was held very prominent farm in Iceland named Skeiðvellir.
The seminar was 3 days long and had participants from many different countries. Everyone paticipating stayed at Hotel Stracta in Hella which is around a 15 minute drive from the farm. On the first day everyone gathered at Skeiðvellir and was put into mixed groups. We were then shown the basics of how to show a horse for confirmation, and given the task to present a horse for confirmation. Day two consisted of each rider being assigned one horse to get to know and present in a faux evaluation over the course of the next two days. Below I have attached some images of me presenting the horse I was provided with, named Klaki. He is a four year old five gaited stallion with a lot of spirit, and he was very much fun to work with for two days! Day three was more relaxed and successful for every individual. All riders understood their horses a little bit better and took the feedback from the previous day leading them to more success.
Each rider was only given the rules, tips, and tricks of how to present a breeding horse. It was up to each one of us to use our natural talent and knowledge as riders to show the horses as best as we could. After every ride, we were given feedback and scoring from a breeding judge as well as an experienced and successful breeding rider/trainer.
Before participating in this seminar, I knew very little about breeding evaluations and the logistics of them. I can definitely say that I learned so much about showing breeding horses, now I just need the experience. I know for sure that this knowledge will be useful not only in my future work but also in school. I am always looking forward to the day I get to ride in my first breeding show, which will hopefully be as soon as I can get my hands on one!
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Update 9
Posted by Ayla Green
7 months ago
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Counting down the days to my first day of school! I am currently home in the States training and working in preparation for my first year. It is definitely so nice to be working at home, but I absolutely cannot wait to get started on this adventure, it's like a dream come true! Please, share the link below and spread the word :)
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Update 8
Posted by Ayla Green
8 months ago
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Hi all!
The past year has been a crazy adventure for me! I got accepted to Hólar University in June of this year (2016). I have been working very hard for this for many many years now and I'm so incredibly excited for the next three years of experience and education I will get from attending school! The school year begins on the 29th of August for me and I have decided to begin posting here on my GoFundMe again before the school year starts. I am still trying to raise as much money as I can for school.
For the past 9 months I have been working in Iceland at a few different places saving up money, learning more Icelandic, and of course learning more in my riding. I decided in the winter to try out for Landsmót of 2016, and I made it in!! I competed in the first day of Landsmót and I had so much fun! I learned a lot about competing and I had such a great time with the mare I was competing on and it was the experience of a lifetime! Landsmót 2016 was actually held at my future school Hólar í Hjaltadal. I got to spend some time on the campus and get to know the area a little bit better which was very nice. I am now back home for the rest of the summer working and saving up money.
Finally, I just wanted to give a little update on what's new in my life adventures. I also wanted to say that donations are still welcome seeing as every penny counts and I will be attending Hólar as a first year student in the upcoming fall of 2016!
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Update 7
Posted by Ayla Green
27 months ago
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This past weekend I participated in a clinic with Olil Amble at Flying C Ranch in Santa Ynez, California. I always love riding in clinics and learning from different trainers. I rode my horse Brynjar in this clinic and had a blast learning more about him and his needs. I will be going back to Iceland in January to work on Olil's farm for 3 months, there I will continue learning and preparing for school. I am so excited to begin working with her and the other interns that are currently working there. :)
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$5,950 of $32k goal

Raised by 37 people in 29 months
Created November 4, 2014
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$500
Rasmussen Family
6 months ago

Good luck!

$200
Anonymous
7 months ago
JR
$200
Jenifer Rhynes
7 months ago
$250
Anonymous
7 months ago
$100
Alice Ryan
7 months ago

Go Ayla!

JA
$175
Jackie Alschuler
8 months ago

You go, girl!

$350
Anonymous
8 months ago
DA
$100
Deb Avila-White
8 months ago
KL
$500
Kathy Love
8 months ago
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$50
Amy Goddard
8 months ago

Good Luck!

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