Held over by popular demand!! FREE (like $0.00) memberships for brand new members in 2019!

See the NATRC National website for details. Have some questions? Check in with Linda Thomason, our Outreach / New Rider Coordinator.

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!

Fall Fiesta NATRC

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 2019 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. And Region 1 tries to encourage new riders and recognize consistent, long term horses and horse/rider teams - here's a link to our Region 1 special awards and their recipients. 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

Region 1 Convention & Awards Breakfast, Reno, March 10

We are holding our convention and awards breakfast this year in conjunction with the AERC and NATRC Region 2, in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. The AERC convention which features a great line-up of speakers and an irresistable trade show, will be on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9. We can attend the presentations for the same price as AERC members and, of course, we'll be welcome to shop at the trade show. Our R1 and R2 combined Awards Breakfast will be on the morning of Sunday, 10 March. Information and registration forms are here.

New Leadline Released

The Fall/Winter edition of Leadline, the official newsletter of Region 1, is available here. Check out the year-end standings for 2018.

2019 Ride Schedule

The Region 1 2019 Ride Schedule. is up - check it out. The first event is a NATRC clinic for people who are interested in NATRC, but not quite sure what they'd be getting into.

Cowboy Camp Photos are Up!

Photos from the 2018 Cowboy Camp ride are here. It was supposed to be really warm, but it was actually fairly mild, the flowers were still out, and the hills were challenging. Great ride. This was our first "C" (intro) ride and it went off really well!

Intro to NATRC Rides

Several of our two-day rides are offering "Intro to NATRC" rides, or, more succinctly, "C" rides, on the Saturday of the ride weekend. These are 8 - 12 mile rides set up to expose the riders to the NATRC experience: vetting in/out, map reading, P&Rs, etc. If you do the C ride and like it, you can sign up and ride an actual NATRC ride the next day. Details about the C ride concept can be found here, and look at the Ride Schedule to see which rides are offering the C ride option.

New Leadline Available!

Keep up with the latest Region 1 news, stories, and ride updates - the new Leadline, our official newsletter, is out and you can read it here.

2018 Region 1 Convention and Awards Luncheon - March 3

WE had the Region 1 Convention in Santa Rosa again. As usual, it was great to see our riding companions (and competition) and start looking forward to the 2018 season. Photos of the luncheon attendees, the speakers, and the award winners can be seen here.

2018 Ride Schedule Posted!

The Region 1 ride schedule for 2018 has been published - you can look at it here. The Mount Diablo season-opening rides is back, and there is a new ride in the Mendocino National Forest, the Eel River Ride. It's going to be a great season!

2017 Cowboy Camp was Beautiful!

And photos are posted here. We loved it so much, we've convinced Jean to do it again. Keep an eye on the Ride Schedule for more info.

March 4 was the 2017 Mini-Convention!

If you weren't there, you missed a good time. We had great speakers, a good lunch (with cake!), and lots of season-wrap-up awards. Check here for the award winners and their photos, and links to the presentations.

See you on the trail!