Convention Information - Through the Eyes of the Horse

NATRC is hosting the 2016 National Convention in partnership with AERC at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Check this site for updates. Make room reservations directly with the resort. For the best rates, our room block is under AERC’s online hotel passkey link. Please mention NATRC when making your reservations by telephone. Either way guarantees that NATRC obtains credit for the rooms booked. Rates for activities and meeting rooms depend on the number of rooms booked; your support is appreciated.

Friday Night Entertainment - Sponsored by NATRC
Enjoy the music and cowboy poetry of Richard Elloyan and Steve Wade. Their album “Forty Miles of Famous” was voted the best new local music of 2014 in the Reno Gazette Journal. Log onto to learn about these two and listen to samples of their music. Be sure to watch the video of Steve Wade, horse trainer, working a 4-year-old stallion to music. The Friday Night Entertainment is FREE to those registered for convention speakers and $10.00 for unregistered friends and family. The event starts at 8:00 so you can enjoy the music and rest up for all the Saturday events.

Fun for the whole family. Free airport shuttle. Free parking.
Enjoy a great mini-vacation at the Grand Sierra Resort. Children 17 and under stay free in their parents’ or guardian’s room. Roll-away beds available. Free Wi-Fi. Pets allowed in specific rooms (see hotel website for details). On site entertainment includes bowling, movie theatres, health spa, restaurants, shopping, galleries, exercise rooms, and of course, gaming. Nearby Truckee River and Recreation Trail.

NATRC Hospitality Suite
The suite will be open Thursday evening to pick up registration packets, Friday and Saturday during speaker breaks, after the Friday night entertainment, and after the Saturday awards dinner. Join friends for snacks, drinks and discussion of the day’s events. This will be the “official” gathering place for all NATRC attendees and their guests. Wine and beer will be available; a donation is suggested. Convention t-shirts will be available for sale in the suite and Silent Auction items will be on display. Silent Auction bids will close Saturday evening.

Speaker Schedule
Speaker fees
    Friday:   Single: $45.00 ($55.00 after 2/5/16)
                  Additional Family Members: $25.00 each ($35.00 after 2/5/16)
    Saturday: Same as for Friday.
Each registered attendee will receive a colored bracelet that entitles her/him to enter all the speaker seminars. Separate colored bracelets will be issued for Friday and Saturday.

Two full days of shopping. Thirty two vendors. Find the newest, neatest, coolest, nicest items, as well as proven standbys.

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITORS: We'd love to have you! Click for the AERC Trade Show information page.

Saturday Evening: National Awards Dinner
Sunday Morning: Region 1 Awards Breakfast
Stay tuned for details.

Click here for registration forms or obtain forms from the convention chair. Registration packets will be available Thursday evening in the hospitality suite and Friday-Saturday in the vendor hall. Watch for convention updates!!

Payment may be made by check or cash (on site only for cash). Please call if you have questions.

Please contact the convention chair to volunteer. We need assistance with registration, shifts at the NATRC booth in the vendor hall and a variety of other “jobs”. Pitching in will help your convention succeed! Thanks!

These need not be equestrian related. Items such as wine, gift baskets, art work, wood carvings, weekend escapes are great auction items. Don’t be shy. Contact the convention chair if you have questions. This is a major NATRC fundraiser.


2016 Convention Chair:
Linda Thomason, (510) 708-1439,

Support NATRC and Competitive Trail Riding AND enjoy a fun and educational weekend.

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