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!

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 2015 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

June edition of Trail News is Here

The June edition of Trail News, Region 1's one page summary of what's going on in the world of trails, is now on-line.

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.

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.

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!