2021 R1 Ride Season

It's been awhile, but weeeer baaaaack - at least, provisionally. Check out our tentative 2021 Ride Schedule - we actually have seven events on the calendar and we're working out how we can do them safely. If you have questions, please contact any of the board of director members. Their names and contact information are listed in Leadline and on this website on the Contacts page.

If you need to join NATRC or renew your membership, the membership form is right here. If 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.

Eel River 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 2020 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

Eel River Ride Rolled Back a Week

Update your calendar - the Eel River Ride is now scheduled for June 19-20, so that it's after California opens up. Whoo hoo - what a great way to celebrate the beginning of the end of the . . . current environment!

Cowboy Camp Entries are Now Up!

Our first competition of the year is now open for entry. The area is beautiful and it will be GREAT to be back together. The entries are on the Ride Schedule page, or click here to go directly to the forms.

First Event of 2021 is OPEN!

Our first event of 2021 is going to be a one day clinic, not a competition. It's being held at the Loomis Basin Horsemen's Association Arena, which has great camping nearby and is an easy-trailer to the Folsom Lake Trail System or the Western States Trails. The clinic is intended to be a starting point, if you're just getting interested in trail riding; a safe place to bring an inexperienced horse for a multi-horse outing; or a place for a yearly tune-up, if you're an experienced horse/rider team. Oh, and we're looking for both riders and volunteers, so if you think you'd just like to check it out and lend a hand, we have a place for you, too. Details and entry forms are on our Ride Schedule page.

A New Edition of Leadline is out.

The 2020 Winter Leadline has a description of our Virtual Obstacle Challenge and an invitation to join in, some winter grooming tips, a story about a pandemic-acceptable horse competition, and our usual volunteer requests. Take a look.

Looking for a sucker - WAIT, I mean volunteer

Yeah, a volunteer is what we're looking for - due to this being 2020 and filled with crazy things, we need to replace a member 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!

The latest editions Leadline and Trail News are out.

The new Leadline 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. And Angie Meroshnekoff, Our Fearless Leader who is also the Driving Force behind Region 1's Jackson Forest and Eel River rides, has told the tale of the 2019 Jackson Forest ride - her story is called "Unexpected Stuff." I was there, and she's tellin' the truth - it was a circus! This is definitely the most must-read Leadline I've ever read, both for insight into real disasters and for some relief from thinking about them. And the new Trail News is out, too.

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!

New "Let's Ride" Webinars

NATRC members! Sign up for educational webinars the 4th Wednesday of every month. 7 PM Central Time. Watch for announcements on the NATRC Facebook group or at www.natrc.org. The topic for September is Obstacles: Setting You and Your Horse up for Success.

See you on the trail!