New for 2016: FREE (like $0.00) memberships for brand new members!

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!

Mt Diablo 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 2016 rides are listed along with contact information to get signed up. 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 Photo Gallery has pictures from rides over the past couple of 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

New Trail News Posted

The April, 2016 edition of Trail News is now on-line. Just in time to catch the Spring rides - read it!

Mt Diablo Spring Ride Entry Available

The entry and waivers for the Mt Diablo Spring Ride are now available on the ride schedule page. This is our classic season opener, and it ought to be even more beautiful than usual, what with our recent rains. It's scheduled for Saturday, May 7; save the date and send in your entry.

New Region 1 Ride!!!

Whoo Hoo! A new ride has been sanctioned in Region 1 - Michelle Pimentel and Sue Flagg have taken on a SECOND ride. The ride is sanctioned and set for October 15 and 16. It's on the ride schedule and entry forms will be posted when they're available. Yippee! Thanks, Michelle and Sue!

2016 National and Region 1 Convention and Awards

The conventions are over and the awards have been presented - and you can see the awards recipients here and just photos of the awards themselves here. If a photo was even vaguely in focus, it's included in the albums - feel free to download. The convention and the awards ceremonies went off flawlessly; thanks to all who helped make the whole weekend a success.

New Leadline Posted

The Winter/Fall edition of The Leadline is now on-line. I think there's an update on the convention, so take a look.

R1 Ride Schedule Posted

The first cut at the R1 2016 Ride Schedule has been posted. Check it out and save the dates.

Preliminary 2015 Mileage and Points Out

The preliminary 2015 point and mileage results have been calculated and posted. Please take a look to (a) find out how you did and (b) catch any mistakes we might have made before the actual awards ceremony. Congratulations to all who competed and thanks to everyone who worked to make these rides happen - it was a great season.

New Trail News Posted

The November edition of Trail News is now on-line. Hmmm. And being late with it is getting to be a habit. Sorry!

New Leadline Posted

The Summer edition of our Region 1 newsletter is now on-line: Leadline Summer 2015.

Nor Cal Appaloosa Awards!

The Northern California Appaloosa Association is offering awards for year-end High Point Appy riders in our region. You can find out how to get into the running for the prizes here.

New Leadline Posted

The Spring edition of our Region 1 newsletter is now on-line: Leadline Spring 2015.

New Edition of Hoof Beats North

Hoof Beats North is the magazine of our Alaskan contingent. This season's edition has a great article on the qualities of a good trail horse. Take a look.

Everybody Always Told Me . . .

Kaysha Egerer returned to competition last season after getting married, having a child and starting a career. Kaysha's story is about her return to NATRC. It's inspiring - take a look.

Year End Points

Region 1 year-end standings are available here. Please let Jim Ferris know if you see any mistakes or have any questions. Congratulations, all!

NATRC Strategic Plan

The National Board of Directors has published the NATRC Strategic Plan, which gives a high level look at our status with regard to membership, demographics, and growth; and proposes some actions to expand our reach. It's interesting reading and the NBOD is soliciting ideas and responses from our members, so take five minutes and give it a read.


Trisha Taniguchi and I rode a 50 mile AERC ride at the Gold Rush Shuffle Endurance Ride, held in Wheatland, CA. It was a first for both of us, and we both completed - my ride story can be found under Hello, AERC! on our Stories and Articles page. And there's a link in the story to Trisha's blog, where you can read her version of events. Executive summary: we both completed and we both had a great time.

Mt Diablo, Jackson Forest, and Georgetown Photos!

Our revered webmaster finally remembered to post photos from Mt Diablo, Jackson Forest, and Georgetown. The Jackson Forest and Georgetown photos are in our Photo Gallery, each in its own album. The Mt Diablo photos are at Serena Dudas Photography. Take a look.

Emma McCrary

Emma McCrary, a legendary Region 1 NATRC rider, ride manager, and trail blazer (both figuratively and literally), has died. Information about her ongoing legacy, as well as some photos of Emma are on Emma's Page.

See you on the trail!