If ever there was an organization that felt like
family, NATRC is it!
Even if you are not a member and you attend NATRC rides, folks will welcome you
and help you wherever they can. For people new to competitive trail riding, many
rides have a get together after ride briefing where experienced riders, and
often the horsemanship judge, are present to answer your questions and share
refreshments with you.
Forget to ask a question at the briefing, feel free to ask your campsite
neighbors. They’ll help you with such things as setting up a safe camp,
positioning your horse trailer, sharing electrical outlets, lending you
something you forgot to pack (like toilet paper, cinch, jacket or aspirin),
giving you advice on tack adjustment, procedures at P&Rs and a multitude of
Out on the trail, the same is true. Shoe loose? Someone might be carrying a
hammer or will hold your horse while to use a rock to tighten up the nails. Bang
your knee on a tree and cut it open? Your fellow riders will help bandage it;
even supplying the bandage. Lost your watch or map? Someone will let you ride
with them to keep you on trail and on time. Fall off and your horse disappear
down the trail? One person will help you; another will go get your horse and
bring it back. Miss a ribbon and follow the wrong path? Someone will holler at
you and call you back to the trail. These are just some of the things NATRCers
do for each other.
That is just the kind of people we are. And the help continues in the yahoo chat
rooms. Ask a question and you will usually get half a dozen answers. Need for
folks to pray for your horse who is having colic surgery, they will, just ask.
Need a horse transported somewhere? Ask; there is probably a member going that
way. Folks have even gotten married at NATRC rides making their commitment in
the presence of their NATRC family.
We love to share stories. You will find that anyone who has been around for a
while has gone through what you are going through and has some pretty
embarrassing, funny stories about it that they happily share. We share our
campfires, share our stories, share ourselves and look after each other…..just