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!
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 2014 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!
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.
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Region 1 News
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!
New Hoof Beats North PostedHoof Beats North covers the Far Northern (as in, Alaskan) beat in Region 1. The 2014 Winter/Fall issue has a great story in it, as well as good info on preparing your horse for cold weather. Really cold weather.
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.
NATRC Meets AERC
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.
Some of our junior members are hitting big milestones this year: Haley Schlerf, Megan Smith, and Maleah Ikard are graduating from High School, Karlie Johnson is graduating from 8th grade, and Kirsten Johnson is graduating from 6th grade. Next time you see them, be sure to acknowledge their accomplishments. And to the high school grads, in particular: we know you'll charge into the next phase of your lives, but we hope we'll still see you on the trail!
Mt. Diablo - Conquered!
The CMDTRA Spring Ride (The one at Mt. Diablo? With the incredible clubhouse? And hills?) is over. Sheila Christiansen, a first time rider (she really knows how to pick 'em, eh?) has written a laugh-out-loud account of her initial foray into NATRC riding. Spoiler Alert - read no further if you don't want to know the end of the story! Note that I said "initial" - she's already signed up for Cowboy Camp. Have *you* sent your entry?
Another first time rider wrote about her experiences in NATRC's Mount Diablo Ride, Viewed through the ears of an aspiring endurance horse. Take a look, she has a different take on things.
Round Valley Entry Posted!
Whoo hoo! They're all coming in! The schedule is getting less and less tenative! Round Valley, June 14 - 15, is a beautiful and challenging ride and close to the Bay Area. In addition to the great ride and normal NATRC activities, there is a catered Mexican dinner on Saturday night - it really is great. The entry forms are now on the Ride Schedule page.
Cowboy Camp Entry Form Posted!
Cowboy Camp, our first two day ride of the season, is coming up May 17 and 18. In addition to the ride, there will be a NATRC clinic, so if you have any friends who you think might enjoy NATRC, but are intimidated by the ride camp and distance requirements, drag them along. They can see ride camp, meet the people, and do the clinic to find out what riding a CTR feels like. In the meantime, you can do a great early season ride - those hills should be gorgeous in mid-May. The entry forms are now on the Ride Schedule page.
2014 Ride Schedule Posted!
Okay, so maybe it's the tentative Ride Schedule - but it's worth looking at and marking the dates on your calendar. Also, do you have friends who are about ready to jump into NATRC, but just can't bring themselves to compete for the first time? If so, consider this: there's going to be a NATRC Clinic at the Cowboy Camp Ride, May 17, so they can find out what a ride (and ride camp) are like, without actually competing. Come on up for the ride and bring your friend. More on the clinic as the day gets closer.
Kathryn Lewandowsky, a Region 1 rider from Washington state, has written a heartbreaking story of losing her mare Lily. It is difficult to read because Kathryn's writing is so effective that you feel her anguish - but well worth the time: it brings home some lessons we can all benefit from. Please take a look at Lily's Story.
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!