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

Georgetown Entry Forms Posted

Entry forms for the Georgetown NATRC ride, to be held June 18-19, are now available. This is a gorgeous ride that we've missed for a couple of years, so come out and celebrate its return. And if you haven't been paying attention, the forms for Cowboy Camp and Round Valley are up on the Ride Schedule page.

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!

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.

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.


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!

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!