What is NATRC?

The North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) is the premier competitive trail riding (CTR) organization in six regions across North America.


What is CTR?

CTR is a distance sport competition over a measured trail that is completed within a window of time. It is a great family activity because it is open to all ages of riders and equine breeds.

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What are the benefits?

New riders receive their first year with NATRC free! Advantages of membership include reduced ride fees, award eligibility, discounts with our sponsors and partners, and a quarterly subscription to our Hoof Print newsletter!

What it's all About

Here’s a short introduction video about NATRC competitive trail riding. From maps, to veterinary and horsemanship judging, to camping alongside your horse, plus competitive challenges and just plain fun, you’ll see - we’ve got it all!

Member Testimonials

Had an awesome time at my first NATRC ride. Able and I went 21 miles in one day and he was ready for more.

Laurel P

I am blessed beyond measures with this amazing horse, incredible mentors, and my supportive family.

Mikayla Nunn

Had a blast at Carolina Derby. 40 miles of wilderness!

Jami Hughey Sullivan

Lots of fun people, trails, and obstacles! It was a extremely well organized event and the trails were marked excellent. The judges were fun and very helpful in answering any questions. Came home with having new friends and what I need to work on in my horsemanship and with my horse.


The fun I had, the amount I learned, and the training to come was so worth the weekend!

Sadie Smith

People ask what the best year of my life was.. it was 2012, the year I got to spend riding with my mom.

Marcy Kristine

I am so grateful for all the friends I've made at NATRC and all the people who have helped us! I am unbelievably lucky to have such a great horse and can't wait to see what we can accomplish in the future!

Tori Ware

Volunteering helps the soul. Sister time is priceless. NATRC P&R Team.

Melissa Yopp


Join NATRC as a new member today, and you’ll experience your first year of membership for free! Enjoy many great member benefits and we’re convinced that once you’ve tried CTR, you’ll see a difference in your riding and your relationship with your horse.

Although it’s a competitive sport, it’s not only about keeping yourself challenged or achieving awards, it’s about comradery and building friendships with fellow riders who enjoy riding as much as you do.

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