The 2023 R1 Rainy Season is Upon Us!

Well, since it's too wet to ride your horse, you might as well come to the Region 1 and National Conventions - they'll be held in Sacramento on February 17 and 18. Come and commiserate with your tribe and maybe learn something from the speakers. Here's some info and here's the registration form.

If you need to join NATRC or renew your membership, the membership form is right here. If you're a joining as a new member, you can join for FREE - here's a flier that will tell you more about why you might want to join.

If you're renewing and you download the form from this site, you have to fill it out, find an envelope, address it . . . It's also available on the National NATRC site. If you go to the National site, you can fill out the form and pay electronically - but you have to create an account if you don't already have one. Either way, go ahead and join us - it's worth the time.

Stay safe and we'll see you on the trails this year!

After that news - Welcome!

NATRC Region 1 consists of Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, Alaska and part of Nevada. So, if you love trail riding, would like to meet more people who share your passion, and you live in Region 1, or are within commuting distance - come join us!

If you'd like to interact with NATRC riders (and prospective NATRC riders!), take a look at our Facebook page and join our CTR discussion group on Facebook. The conversations are wide-ranging and the participants run from trail riding newbies to old hands.

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Our goals for our website are to keep our members informed about NATRC Region 1 activities, and to keep us all motivated to get out and ride. So, if you're looking for the next NATRC ride, go to the Ride Schedule page, where our 2022 rides are listed along with contact information to get signed up. If you want to get in touch with fellow trail riders even before you join us for a ride, take a look at the Region 1 CTR (Competitive Trail Riding) discussion group on Facebook. And if you're stuck at the office and trying to remember how you feel when you're riding, check out our Stories & Articles page, where we have links to

  • Region 1 ride stories,
  • "Reprints" of interesting articles,
  • Tips for first time riders,
  • Archives of Leadline, the Region 1 newsletter, and
  • PDFs of NATRC documents that riders might want to refer to, such as the Rule Book, and
  • a link to the Membership Form!
The Judge's Corner is an opportunity for our Region 1 judges to explain mystery rules, answer questions we forgot to ask at the rides, discuss concerns about current horse/horsemanship trends, offer praise, and generally share their expertise to better care for our mounts. The Gallery has pictures from rides over the past several years. And the Links page provides links to the NATRC National website and the sites of the other regions, as well as to the sites of our sponsors. Finally, if there's something that we didn't cover, please contact us!

And if you've just discovered NATRC riding, and are wondering if it's the right thing for you, that same Stories & Articles page has a "New Riders" section to provide answers to some questions, links to information for first time riders, and first-ride stories on the web.

Come Ride with Us!

Region 1 News

2022 Year-End Award Winners!

It's 2023 now, so the winners, both horse and horsemanship, in all our divisions have now been calculated. Take a look and see how you and your horse did.

2023 NATIONAL! Convention Feb 17-18! In Sacramento!

Region 1 will be hosting the National Convention this year. This page has info about the site of the convention, speakers, etc. Get your registration in early - see you there! And as long as you're here, renew your membership (or join!), on paper or online.

The Cool Canyon Leisure Division ride was a success - again!

Photos from the ride are here. It was a perfect one-dayer: good weather, good parking, good trails. You should probably come next year. While you're in the photos, take a look at some of the other rides and start planning your 2023 season. I am.

October 22! New Ride at Lake Mendo!

Angie Meroshnekoff and Maria Pilgrim were bored, so they decided to put on a new ride. This season! It's a one day ride at Lake Mendocino, check the Ride Schedule for more info and the entry form.

Round Valley Cancelled Due to Heat!

The Round Valley Ride, scheduled for September 10-11 has been cancelled - it's been well over a 100 there for a couple of days.

The Jackson Forest Summer Ride was Beautiful!

Photos from the ride are here. Take a look and either find the pics of you and your horse/mare/equine or see what you missed!

Need a (FREE!) Cookbook?

Carol Ormond recently found a Region 1 Cookbook, which she and Jamie Dieterich cleaned up and turned into a pdf. Take a look: it's got NATRC info, cooking tips, and actual recipes.

Mini-Convention Photos

Our Mini-Convention went off pretty near flawlessly, click to see a summary of the action or the award recipients.

A New Edition of Leadline is out.

The 2022 Winter Leadline has a memorial about Bob Waugh and info about our mini-convention; worth taking a look.

Looking for a couple of suckers - WAIT, I mean volunteers

Yeah, VOLUNTEERS are what we're looking for - due to this being 2022 and filled with crazy things, we need to replace two of our Region 1 Board of Directors. It doesn't take much time - meetings are usually held at rides - and we need as many different voices as we can get when we make decisions, so please consider applying for the job. It's easy to submit a resume. Linda Thomason made up a form that covers all the bases so you don't have to think them through. Take a look, fill out the form, and get your name on the ballot for the R1 BOD!

2021 Year End Awards

We've worked out the year-end points and all our Division winners are listed here. You'll notice that there are winners for Leisure, Novice, and Competitive Pleasure divisions - but not for Open. That's because no one rode three Open rides in the same division and class and on the same horse. Actually, there were very few teams that qualified for year-end awards for that reason - so next year, remember: You gotta finish three rides in the same division and class, and on the same horse in Leisure!

A Couple of Interesting Articles . . .

One of our old Leadlines has a breath-taking article from Nancy Kasovich about the two terrifying fires she survived; one in 1964 and 2017. She includes teeth-clenching descriptions of getting out safely, and tips for how to do it, if it happens to you. With summer coming on, it might be worth taking another look at.

And Linda Thomason has given us a list of barn-preparedness tips in her article Barn Fire Prevention. In addition to tips, she also included her sources, where you can go for more info. Thanks, Linda!

Check Out the Resources section of the NATRC National website

There are lots of interesting things on the national site: a set of past webinars on conditioning, judging . . . pretty much all aspects of our sport. And they're planning to have more webinars this year, and events such as virtual mileage challenges and virtual obstacle challenges that you can sign up for and participate in virtually. Watch for announcements on the Region 1 CTR (Competitive Trail Riding) discussion group.

See you on the trail!