There is an Early Bird Discount for those registered for the events by January 15, 2017.

Febuary 17-19,2017


Embassy Suites Hamilton Place
2321 Lifestyle Way, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37421, USA
TEL: +1-423-602-5100
Hotel Reservations

Details and Information

The NATRC National Convention will be in beautiful Chattanooga, TN. This beautiful city, nestled in a bend of the Tennessee River and surrounded by mountains will be the perfect backdrop for a weekend of fun and celebration.

We are working hard to make this event a “national” party, so come join us for some true Southern hospitality. Please mark your calendar and come for the horse party extraordinaire!

  • Conference flyer
  • Conference T-Shirt
  • Conference Agenda

  • Agenda

    Friday, 2/17

    8:00-8:30 Welcoming, introductions, and Pre-show of the weekend’s activities.
    8:30-9:30 Judges Forum if necessary
    9:30-10:00 Break/Vendors
    10:00- 10:45 Angie McGhee (Reading “The Sponge” from her book The Lighter Side of Endurance Riding)
    10:45-12:00 NATRC Jeopardy Game Show
    Marty and Debbie present with competitors from the national Board
    Region 1 Angie Meroshnekoff and Jamie Dieterich
    Region 2 Mary Jo Malone and Bob Insko
    Region 3 John Horne and Kay Gunckel
    Region 4 Alice Yovich and Gayle Muench
    Region 5 Kim Cowart and Lori Rand
    Region 6 Sarah Rinne and Shari Parys
    12:00-1:30 Lunch/ Vendors
    1:00 -4:30 Trips to Chattanooga Sights
    4:30-7:00 Visit the Vendors
    7:00-8:15/8:30 ish
    Popcorn and the Theater
    Presentation by Jean Abernathy and Marty Findley
    Fergus Goes on an NATRC Ride
    Jean begins by introducing Fergus and the history of her creation. Then we present a show about what it would be like for Fergus to go to an NATRC event.
    8:30-10:00 Carolyn Chapman invites you to the hospitality area on the 2nd floor for refreshments, a cash bar, and Appalachian Mountain Music and dancing on the patio.

    Saturday, 2/18

    7:00-8:00 Visit Vendors
    8:00-8:30 Welcome and preview of the days activities. Show slide show of the events yesterday and on the patio.
    8:30-9:30 Andrew Murray (Don’t Lose Your Mind In A Crisis)
    9:30-9:45 Break
    9:45-10:30 Cheri Jeffcoat (Wrapping Your Mind Around Trail Obstacles)
    10:45-11:00 Break
    11:00-12:00 Becky Pearman (Through The Eyes of an Equestrian)
    12:00-1:15 Lunch and Vendors (Door Prize drawing from 1:15-1:30)
    Tickets will be given out at the door ?
    3:00-3:15 Break and Vendors
    3:15-4:30 Marty Findley, Laurie DiNatale, Patsy Conner and Kim Cowart Present “Do You Remember When…?
    Vendors will be closing shop so visit one last time.
    From 3:00-5:00 Salons will be setting up for National Awards Banquet
    5:00 Open Bar in Awards Area
    5:30 Complimentary evening Reception Embassy Suites
    6:00-11:00 Banquet

    Speakers and Events

    Angie McGhee shares hilarious stories from her book, “The Lighter Side of Endurance Riding.”

    Jean Abernethy and Fergus, her cartoon horse creation, recap his first NATRC ride through her comedic artwork. Fergus is our beloved convention mascot and featured on the t-shirt.

    Beth Glosten, MD, known as “The Riding Doctor,” demonstrates becoming a leader to your horse through mental focus and balance. Exercises for the body and mind to achieve your goals.

    Becky Pearman shares equine photography tips and advice from her 20 years of experience.

    Cheri Jeffcoat, a NATRC horsemanship judge, discusses “Wrapping Your Mind Around Obstacles.”

    Andrew Murray, Captan of the East Rome Fire Department and NATRC competitor, will educate us on “How to Keep Your Mind In A Crises.”

    The Legacy of NATRC will showcase the history of NATRC through video.

    The National Awards Ceremony will highlight all of the amazing accomplishments of our current members and their equine partners.

    Conference Registration

    Please note that the hotel registration is seperate from event registration. Please either register online via RMS or via mail-in form below:

    There is an Early Bird Discount for those registered for the events by January 15, 2017.

  • Online NATRC Conference Registration
  • Mail-in NATRC Conference Registration
  • Accomodations

    Embassy Suites Hamilton Place

  • Hotel information and Reservations
  • Maps and Directions
  • Special Entertainment

    Live Old Time Mountain Music with Nancy & Bill Sluys and The Trail Buddies

    Things to Do

  • Visit marine life at the Tennessee Aquarium.
  • The Incline Railway is one of the steepest passenger railways in the world, and offers thrilling rides on Lookout Mountain.
  • Marvel at the enormous underground waterfall, Ruby Falls
  • Escape to the tranquil Rock City Gardens
  • White-water raft on the exciting Ocoee River
  • Get in touch

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