Discover the Thrill of Competitive Trail Riding with John Zeliff, President of NATRC
If you’re an avid rider or just love spending time outdoors, try competitive trail riding. It’s an exciting equestrian sport that combines horseback riding with endurance and navigation skills, and John Zeliff, the president of the North American Trail Riding Conference (NATRC), wants to introduce you to it.
As a young man, John discovered his passion for horseback riding while exploring the countryside with his horse and dog. He later joined NATRC, a national organization that promotes and regulates competitive trail riding, but his career and family responsibilities kept him from participating actively.
After retiring from teaching and with his children grown up, John returned to competitive trail riding with renewed enthusiasm. He enjoys the camaraderie, the challenge, and the opportunity to explore new trails and landscapes while building a bond with his horse.
Today, John is the president of NATRC, and he wants to invite anyone who loves horses and the outdoors to discover the thrill of competitive trail riding. In this podcast episode, John shares his experience and insights into this unique sport.
What is Competitive Riding
Competitive trail riding involves navigating through a marked trail, covering a distance of 25 to 100 miles over two to three days, and passing checkpoints where the horse’s condition and the rider’s equipment are evaluated. It requires both physical and mental stamina, as well as the ability to work as a team with your horse.
John explains how NATRC promotes sportsmanship, horse welfare, and education about trail riding and the environment. The organization offers clinics, seminars, and competitions for riders of all levels, from beginners to experts.
He also shares tips on how to prepare for a competitive trail ride, from training your horse to packing the right gear and supplies. He highlights the importance of building a bond of trust and communication with your horse, as well as the joy of sharing the experience with fellow riders and volunteers.
Whether you’re looking for a new challenge or a way to connect with nature and horses, competitive trail riding is a rewarding and fulfilling sport. Listen to John Zeliff’s inspiring story and join the NATRC community to start your adventure today!
Links Heard on the Show
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Whether you’re a seasoned horse owner or just starting out, we invite you to join us on this journey. Share your challenges, triumphs, and everyday experiences with others. We believe these stories can help others in their horse journey.
Thanks for listening.
John & Ranae