Organizations

Here is a list of organizations that support endurance and trail riding.  There is a focus on the Northern Virginia area because that is where I ride.

Roadside Assistance

USRider Equestrian Motor Plan - I am a member of this organization.  Considering how often I haul, the membership price works out to a few dollars every time I haul.  I also have roadside assistance through my truck insurance, but that insurance isn't equipped to deal with a problem that includes a loaded horse trailer.  I hope I never have to use it, but if I do, I feel better knowing that I will be working with a company that specializes in equine roadside emergencies.  However, even if you're not a member, the website has some great information on things like what to include in a first-aid kit, maintenance for your horse trailer, and emergency preparation.  Check out the right-hand menu for links.

Endurance and Competitive Trail Riding

American Competitive Trail Horse Association - The ACTHA sanctions Competitive Trail Challenges (CTC) and ACTHA Obstacle Challenges (AOC) around the country.  A CTC is a 6-8 mile trail ride with mostly natural obstacles.  The horse and rider are judged according to their ability to maneuver through the obstacles.  Unlike competitive trail rides and endurance races, CTCs are not time events.  An AOC is an 8-obstacle course in an arena.

American Endurance Ride Conference - The AERC is a national governing body for endurance riding.  According to its website, it sanctions over 700 rides each year in North America.

AERC Central Region - The Central Region includes:  Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.  According to the website, there are three distance riding organizations in the region.  They are: the Ozark Country Endurance Riders, the Texas Endurance Riders Association, and the Texas Arabian Distance Riders Association.

AERC Mountain Region Endurance Riders  - MRER is the endurance riding organization for the Mountain Region, which includes:  Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, southwestern South Dakota, and western Nebraska.

AERC Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides - PNER is the endurance riding organization for the Northwest Region, including British Columbia, Canada.

AERC Southeast Endurance Riders Association  - SERA is the endurance riding organization for the Southeast Region, which includes:  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

AERC Southwest Distance Riding Association - SWDRA is the endurance riding organization for the Southwest Region, which includes:  southern California, southern Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and west Texas.

AERC Upper Midwest Endurance and Competitive Riding Association - UMECRA hosts endurance and competitive trail rides in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association - ECTRA sanctions competitive trail rides, clinics, and conditioning rides.  It is separate from the NATRC (see below).  It also co-sanctions endurance rides according to AERC rules.

North American Trail Ride Conference - NATRC is a national organization that sanctions competitive trail rides in six regions around the country.  Each region is responsible for scheduling its own rides.  The regions are listed below.

NATRC Region 1 - Region 1 includes northern California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, most of Nevada, Alaska, and British Columbia.

NATRC Region 2 - Region 2 includes southern California, Arizona, Clark County Nevada, and Hawaii.

NATRC Region 3 - Region 3 includes New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.

NATRC Region 4 - Region 4 includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

NATRC Region 5 - Region 5 includes all states east of the Mississippi River, but it looks like almost all of the rides are in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern states.

NATRC Region 6 - Region 6 includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Old Dominion Endurance Rides, Inc. - OD hosts endurance clinics and rides in Northern Virginia.

South Eastern Distance Riders Association - SEDRA hosts both competitive trail riding and endurance riding events in the southeastern part of the country.


Riding Clubs

Battlefield Equestrian Society - BES is based in Prince William County, Virginia and its focus is to support the equestrian trails at Manassas National Battlefield Park.  The club hosts several trail rides, trail work days, and a judged pleasure ride.

Blue Ridge Hunt - Primarily a foxhunting club based in northwestern Virginia, BRH also hosts shows and trail rides.

Clifton Horse Society - CHS is based in Fairfax County, Virginia and hosts a variety of trail rides and clinics.

Mechanicsville Riding Club  - MRC is based in Mechanicsville, Virginia and hosts a variety of trail rides, shows, and clinics.

Nokesville Horse Society - NHS is based in Prince William County, Virginia and hosts a variety of trail rides and shows.

United States Trail Ride, Inc.  - USTR is based in northern Virginia.  The club hosts monthly trail rides and members enjoy access to the Blue Ridge Center, a 900 acre conservancy.

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