Why NATRC?

Welcome! The North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) sanctions long distance competitive trail rides and clinics for riders of all equine breeds and disciplines in six regions throughout North America. We promote safety, sportsmanship, education and trail horse care through qualified evaluation of horse and rider by veterinary and horsemanship judges, in a fun, family-friendly environment. We also offer educational events to provide continuing education year-round.

Our Rides

  • Build horse and rider partnerships
  • Educate riders about horse care
  • Offer personal and competitive challenges
  • Provide comradery with other horse enthusiasts
  • Deliver fun and extraordinary opportunities for family engagement

Learn the Basics of Competitive Trail Riding (CTR)

What is Competitive Trail Riding
What is Competitive Trail Riding?

Competitive trail ride (CTR) is a competitive distance event over a measured distance and completed within a window of time.

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Basics Cap
CTR Basics - FAQ

New to Competitive Trail Riding? Learn the what, when where and how of NATRC trail riding to get you geared up for your first ride.

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Preparing for CTR
Preparing For CTR

After you gain experience in competitive trail riding, you will develop a workout program that best suits you and your horse.

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What the Judges are Looking For
What the Judges are Looking For

Veterinary judges evaluate the horse's condition, soundness, and trail ability/manners. Condition is evaluated before, during, and after the ride for proper comparison.

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Pulse and Respiration Check
Pulse and Respiration Check

To make sure the animals are not overly stressed and to help measure his condition, several P&R stops will be encountered over the course of a competition.

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Timing Your Ride
Timing Your Ride

Since CTRs are not a race, coming in first is not going to assure you a winning spot. The trailmaster has measured the trail and set a time and speed that you are expected to follow.

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How to Use Your Timing Chart
How to Use Your Timing Chart

Find the speed in MPH then find the distance in miles that you are supposed to travel.

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Rule Book
Competition Rule Book

The NATRC Rule Book contains the official set of rules for NATRC competitions.

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What to Pack
What to Pack

Complete a checklist of essentials to bring on your trip for you and your horse.

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THE WHERE AND WHEN OF NATRC

NATRC has six regions, each of which holds rides in their geographic area and maintains a schedule of their own rides. More detailed information about a ride may also be available on the region's website, which can be found by clicking on the region map button below.

Contact information for each ride or clinic is listed on the Ride & Clinic Schedule below, as well as any special instructions for registration.

NATRC REGION MAP NATRC RIDE AND CLINIC SCHEDULES

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SAVE MONEY AND RECEIVE EXCLUSIVE MEMBER BENEFITS BY JOINING NATRC TODAY!

Join NATRC as a new member and receive your first year of membership free! NATRC members receive discounts on rides, real-time score tracking, awards eligibility, plus many more!

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You can also participate in NATRC rides as a non-member for a higher ride fee. To register for a ride, you are required to set-up a free user account in our Ride Management System to participate. Please note that by creating a free account, you are not joining NATRC. Please note that some rides requires a Ride Entry Form and deposit by mail, which if required, will be noted on the Ride Schedule.

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