Nature of Our Sport
The North American Trail Ride
Conference (NATRC) provides long distance competitive trail rides for riders of all equine
breeds and from all disciplines. We promote safety, sportsmanship, education and trail
horse advocacy through qualified evaluation of horse and rider by veterinary and
horsemanship judges, in a fun, responsible environment for the whole family.
To stimulate greater interest in breeding and use
of good equines possessed of stamina and hardiness and qualified
to make good mounts for trail use.
To demonstrate the value of type and soundness in
the proper selection of equines for competitive trail riding.
To learn and demonstrate the proper methods of
training and conditioning equines for competitive trail riding.
To encourage good horsemanship as related to trail
To demonstrate the best methods of caring for
equines during and after long rides without the use of artificial
methods or stimulants.