... just for the fun of it!

Membership Information

ANNUAL GSCA MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE $25.00. Single membership type for individual, couple, or family with children under 18. Dues are payable in January for the calendar year; those joining after September 30th are considered paid through the following year.

JOIN OR RENEW via PayPal at right. Please also complete membership application below and email or snail mail it, so we can include you in our Newsletter mailings.

GSCA Membership/Renewal Application 2016.pdf

All members receive a yearly schedule of activities, announcements prior to each activity, 10-12 Newsletters during the year, voting privileges at meetings and a current membership list for ease in contacting each other and meeting up to travel to activities. Members may also belong to our GSCA Facebook group and sign up to access our private Members' Area on this website.

MAINE DRIVING CLUB ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP CAN BE ADDED FOR $1

GSCA has partnered with Maine Driving Club to share our outings and events.

PLEASE USE MDC ASSOCIATE Member Form to submit your (optional) "MDC Associate" member fee of $1. If NOT a current GSCA Member, please also submit GSCA Membership/Renewal Application 2016.pdf with payment ($26 total) made to GSCA.

Pay at right via PayPal, OR mail check for membership dues, including Membership Application(s) to:

Eric Wilking, Treasurer GSCA
162 Pickpocket Road
Brentwood NH 03833
603-235-8459

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Who can join GSCA?

From minis to drafts, from carts to coaches, if you are interested in driving or riding equines, consider joining GSCA! We welcome all with an interest in carriage driving, even those who only want to come along for a "buggy" ride. GSCA also welcomes horseback riders as members, and riders are welcome at all day and and horse-camping venues. You must be a member of GSCA to drive or ride a horse in our outings; members may bring guests.

GSCA members include people with all levels of driving experience, ranging from those just learning, to some who have been driving on all kinds of terrain or in competitions for years. Others compete under saddle in everything from rated and breed shows to competitive trail rides, and drive primarily for their own pleasure. Many just ride and drive for the fun of it and do not compete at all. The Club has chosen to schedule primarily recreational driving outings.

GSCA Member benefits:

  • Recreational fun with horses at unique venues
  • Open to beginner through advanced drivers
  • Welcoming horseback riders at all outings
  • Open to all types of equines-- minis, drafts mules...
  • Club socials/dinner functions twice yearly or more
  • Members from all over New England-- NH, MA, VT, ME, CT, NY, RI and further!
  • GSCA Directory of Club members
  • GSCA eNews and Newsletter
  • GSCA Facebook group with over 350 users and growing!

VanderWilkCarriageHorsesMembers enjoy their horses, driving and riding in New England.

Welcome new members!

Dear New Member,

Welcome and thank you for joining the Granite State Carriage Association. Our membership is composed of people with all levels of driving/riding experience, ranging from those just learning, to some who have been driving and competing for years. Most important is that we are a friendly and fun group who love to drive in safety and love to welcome new members!

Please look around our website to see our great variety of outings and activities to attend during the year. I hope that you will get to many drive/rides and also make plans to attend our Annual Meeting and our Planning Meeting as well.

Jean Harvey horse club President GSCA

As a member of GSCA you will receive a monthly GSCA NEWSLETTER via email. If your email address changes during the year or you are not able to receive the Newsletter electronically, please let our Editor Ginger Laplante [ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] know so you don’t miss anything! Ginger also welcomes photographs, blurbs and items of interest for the Newsletter.

On behalf of our entire membership I want to thank you for joining us. We all look forward to your participation in club events, and should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me or any other Officer or Director.

Warm regards,


Jean Harvey, President

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Frequently Asked Questions about GSCA

 

When did Granite State Carriage Association start?

GSCA formally organized in 1978 and has remained active since. Visit the History page for archive photos and the story of GSCA's origins.

What is the purpose of GSCA?

GSCA is a not-for-profit horse club holding recreational horse activities, including horseback riders-- with special emphasis on carriage driving and safety. Visit the Calendar page for the Club's schedule of activities.

Who runs the GSCA?

The Club is managed and directed by a Board of seven:  four Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) plus three Directors. Officers and Directors (the "Board") are elected yearly by the members to serve staggered two-year terms, and may serve up to three consecutive terms in the same office. There are also a few special (non-voting) appointed positions added by the President from time to time. The club is structured according to the GSCA By-Laws (.pdf download).

Is GSCA not-for-profit?

Yes, GSCA is a New Hampshire non-profit organization.

What are the drive/rides like, do we all travel together or separately?

Drive/ride information is provided in advance notifying members of the date and time of the event. Generally the outings are set up so drivers (and riders) can go at their own paces. There may be an initial group briefing. Drivers and riders are welcome to travel together or separately; usually maps are provided depending on the drive, and often different routes are available. See Calendar page for our Outing dates.

Where are members from?

Primarily members live in all the New England states, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island... but we have supporting members as far away as Florida and South Carolina too!

Do I need to be an advanced driver to join?

No, GSCA welcomes all levels of experience; GSCA also welcomes horseback riders.

Do I need to be involved with competitions to join?

No, GSCA is primarily a recreational club, although there are members that do compete in combined driving, pleasure carriage driving, and most of the other equine disciplines!

Do I need a certain type of equine?

GSCA welcomes all kinds of equines including minis, ponies, donkeys, mules, drafts, and horses. We haven't seen a zebra yet, but you never know!

Can I go for a trail ride instead of driving at a GSCA outing?

Yes, we welcome both carriage drivers and riders to most outings. The Shelburne Farms, VT outing began to allow horseback riders at an adjacent Meach Cove Farms venue in 2014.

How many members do you have?

We generally have approximately 100-120 members. Currently we have over 300 folks following our activites in GSCA's Facebook group, GSCA Granite State Carriage.

Is GSCA on Facebook?

Yes! We have an active group on Facebook where whoever is approved can join (membership monitored to keep out phishers.) Outings are posted as "Events" and all group members receive invitations on Facebook, also Outing updates as they happen. Members post comments and pictures and items for sale (limited). We also keep you updated on the latest news and other announcements. Simply request to join our Facebook group at GSCA Granite State Carriage.

What is the Club's typical Annual Dinner Meeting like?

For several years, dinner meetings were held at the Puritan Back Room Restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire. More recently, we have bounced around in Bow and Manchester. Around 40 members typically attend to enjoy a cash bar, delicious meal and socializing prior to a short business meeting and Auction. We have had the honor of hearing several wonderful speakers, and our Annual FUNd-Raiser Auction is a lively and fun way to make useful and unique acquisitions. See our Calendar for our meetings and Outings schedule.

What is the Club's Planning Meeting?

In November the Officers and Board meet with Outing Hosts, folks with ideas for prospective outings, and any other members who are interested. At this Planning Meeting the Calendar activity dates for the coming year are roughed out. We have met, planned, and enjoyed dinner together in various ways-- from potluck in a church, to eating in restaurants, to hospitality in members' homes.

Where are GSCA Outings held?

We currently have drive/ride outings scheduled in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts. Past outings have also been held in New York. Visit our Calendar page for our meeting and outing schedule, and our Library page for Outing details.

Are reservations required?

Some outings require a completed and mailed reservation form in advance due to limited space available. The Shelburne Farms/Meach Cove and Acadia National Park outings fall into this category. Other drives such as Look to the Mountain and Labor Day also require reservations due to space planning. It is always a good idea and courteous to your Hosts to contact them in advance. That way if there is a last minute change in the Outing or even a cancellation, Hosts can contact you.

Is GSCA affiliated with other organizations?

Yes, GSCA is a member club of Carriage Association of America (CAA), American Driving Society (ADS), and New Hampshire Horse Council (NHHC). GSCA also partners with Maine Driving Club to share outings and events and reciprocal discounted membership fees. See our Club Happenings page for MDC info.

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GSCA Officers 2017

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Director: Dave Herrick
Director: Isabella "Boo" Martin

Appointed Positions

Past Officers & Directors

 

Jean Harvey, President

Jean Harvey currently lives and operates a horse farm in Enfield, NH. Horses have been a large part of her life since her early teens. Now as a young senior, carriage driving is her passion both for pleasure and competing.

Presently Jean is an active member of GMHA, CAA, ADS, GSCA, and PATH Intl. As an instructor, she enjoys teaching and promoting the sport of carriage driving.

Jean Harvey's driving pony Pixie, pony cart

Jean and her driving pony, Pixie

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 Jean Harvey

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Connie Moses, Vice President, Website Admin

 Connie Moses, Vice President, Granite State Carriage Club

Connie        

Carriage driving horse pair, Connie Moses

The Moses' Perch-Arab driving
pair in Acadia National Park

A Granite State Carriage Association member since 1998, a horse lover forever and a horse owner since 1992, Connie went from being horse show mom and trail rider to carriage driver. Having bred and trained two carriage horses, she and her hubby Rick now drive them as a pair and sometimes tandem at GSCA outings.

Connie served as GSCA President from 2010-2014, helping with the club's printed communications, the GSCA Facebook group, and this website. Her background is in graphic arts, and today she creates commissioned horse and pet portraits using digital painting techniques. Her other furry friends include two cats and a wonderful English Setter named Peaches.

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Renee Wormell, Secretary    

Trail rider Renee Wormell, Secretary Granite State CarriageRenee trail riding her horse Rafl     

I am a NH native, attended Dover schools and graduated from UNH.  I retired in 2012 from a rewarding career as a paralegal, the last 22 years with the legal department of a local bank.  I am a life-long horse-lover, and these days particularly enjoy communing with nature on a woodsy trail, by a babbling brook.  However, I also school low level dressage and am a carriage driver "wanna-be". 

Bill and I raised two daughters, and several Arabian foals, in Northwood, NH over the past 40+ years.  We all competed in long-distance, competitive trail riding and local pleasure shows.  Bill and I also have a small farm in the foothills of western SC where we spend winters with our two border collies and two horses - my third generation, 18 year old Arabian, and Bill's 16 year old Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. Our favorite place to ride is Acadia!  In addition to the joys of riding, I am having great fun training and competing in rally obedience and agility with my young, happy-go-lucky dog, Camdyn.

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Eric Wilking, Treasurer

Eric Wilking, Treasurer Granite State Carriage Club      Eric, also our AuctioneerMy wife, Linda, has always been a horse lover. As a kid she was the typical barn rat doing anything to be able to ride. It was not until Linda was 42 years old that we were able to buy our first horse. Nashin was a 15 yr old Arab gelding that took our son Christopher to 4-H highest award, best in the state, and to the BIG E three times. We bought Clydascope "Clyde" for Linda, a Clyde/TB that rode and drove all over the place. Clyde was a wonderful horse that will never be replaced-- he passed away suddenly at the young age of 13 from colic, every horse person's worst fear.
 
We have since moved on with many other horses that we drive and ride but driving is our true passion. Spinnaker is our current driving mare, she is a Russian Warmblood/Appendix quarter horse. Spinny is a big-boned girl that gives her all, whether we compete at CDEs or pleasure shows or just hack on the trails. We have a standardbred that we are fostering for the NHSPCA, she is a great addition to the barn. The poor thing came to us so thin and afraid of her own shadow! Amazing what a little bit of love and food does for her-- now she loves her retired life. 

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Dave Herrick, Director

Dave Herrick, DirectorDave  Carriage pair Arena driving, Dave HerrickDave competing his Morgan pair

Dave and his wife Liz enjoy recreational driving with Rhythm and Concert, their Morgan pair, put to an Eagle Carriage. They first joined GSCA in 1990. Dave is also a board member of the New England Region of the Carriage Association of America, the CAA's oldest region.

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Isabella "Boo" Martin, DirectorGSCA Director Boo M.

Founder and Executive Director of Touchstone Farm. A life long horsewoman, Boo has shown, trained, evented, driven and taught riding and driving lessons for the last 40 years. She has also actively fox hunted and done Pony Club. She has spoken at numerous regional and national conferences. She graduated as a teacher for grades K-12 from UVM and Fordham University. She then went on to found Pony Farm, a girls’ summer residential riding camp, fully accredited by the American Camping Association. She was involved as both the President and Executive Director of the NH Camp Directors’ Association, serving on the NE/ACA board as well.

She then founded the lesson program at the farm and became involved with the American Riding Instructor Association, receiving her instructor certification from ARIA. She was awarded the Riding Instructor of the Year in 1997. Attended Antioch Graduate School in the Organization and Management Degree Program, and started Horse Power and the Horse Power Instructor Training School with her colleagues and professors, as well as became involved in the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (now PATH Intl.) when she founded Horse Power in 1989. She went on to co-found the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association, as well as serve on numerous NARHA committees. She has received the Presidents’ Award, the Founders’ Award and the James Brady Lifetime Achievement Award with PATH, Intl., as well as the NH Horse Person of the Year. In 2013, she received the Sis Gould Therapeutic Driving Award from PATH Intl.

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Cindy Schlener, Director

 

 CindyandGlider

Glider and Cindy

I grew up on a 60' by 100' plot of land on Long Island, NY and have loved horses all my life. I started riding as a teenager when I was given a lesson as a birthday present and then bought my first horse when I moved up to Massachusetts in my early 20s. 

I was out of horse back riding for a while in my late 20s/early 30s but then got back into it in my mid 30s by buying a horse who I named Kubla Khan. He was a big Thoroughbred/Hanovarian and loved going fast and jumping anything. Through a lot of hard work, I learned to ride Kubla safely and enjoyed lots of trail rides and hunter paces. 

Even though I took hunt seat and dressage lessons, my real love is trail riding. Exploring new areas, long distance riding and horse camping are the things I look forward to. Thank goodness I discovered GSCA a few years ago which introduced me to horse camping. 

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Appointed Positions 

 

Ginger Laplante, GSCA Newsletter Editor, Senior Advisor, Historian, founding and Lifetime member 

Ginger Laplante, antique horse buggy driver GSCAGinger's antique buggy and her Canadian driving horse, Punk

I sold my war bonds in 1953 to buy my first horse, a lovely six year old sorrel quarter horse/Saddlebred mare, for $150 when I was seventeen. I also bought my first antique vehicle that year, a lovely cutter for $15. Both were the first of many. I continued to collect antique vehicles and taught myself to drive a few years later using antique books on the subject and ever since have driven over country roads, at GSCA events and at a variety of interesting places such as Acadia National Park.

In 1978 my husband and I became two of the founders of the Granite State Carriage Association and their first event was held at our farm, Canterbrook, in Canterbury, New Hampshire that year. A few years later I began the newsletter and have been its editor ever since as well as serving in various office positions in earlier years.

I presently have two older mares a Canadian and a Standardbred but find that I am doing less driving as I get older. However, there is usually at least one GSCA event at Canterbrook each year to carry on the tradition. 

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Sonja Cahill, Senior Advisor, Lifetime member (past President & has served in every other office)

Harness horse, Sonja and BobSonja and Bob driving Miss BreezyI have been a Granite State Carriage Association member for nearly 30 years. When I joined, I was a competitive long-distance trail rider and driver looking for some ‘pleasure’  events when taking a break from competition. GSCA was introduced to me as a recreational driving and riding club whose motto is to “Drive and Ride Just for the Fun of it.” And fun it has been ever since.  

My husband Bob and I now  drive and ride leisurely at the many wonderful outings offered throughout the year by GSCA. Since retiring from competition, we have been very involved with the organization which includes hosting many events ourselves especially the Chocorua, NH and Greenfield, NH  drives and rides. From 1996 to 2002, I was president of the club and now serve on the Board. We truly enjoy and are committed to this wonderful organization and have met many like-minded enthusiasts who take pleasure in the well organized GSCA outings in some of the most beautiful New England locations one might not have experienced otherwise.

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Corin, trail rider member of Granite State Carriage ClubCorin and Remy in Vermont
 

Corin Brennan, Media/Facebook Technical Advisor, Website Admin

The first event I attended as a Granite State Carriage member was the 2012 “Look to the Mountain Outing” in Chocorua NH, and I knew that I had found a group that I would love being a part of. I have had horses throughout my entire life; I spent more of my childhood on horseback than I did on my own feet. Growing up on a horse farm in southern NH, I competed in a variety of riding disciplines (English, Western, Eventing, Dressage.) Trail riding has always been what I enjoy most.  

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Leslie Baxter,  Membership Coordinator


I am a lifelong horse owner and have been driving pretty much all of my life but it has been more of a passion in the past 15 years.  I live in Manchester and own three lovely Morgan mares:  a chestnut mare, Tiffany and her two daughters, Holly Who and Kate. You will see me out and about with Holly but Kate is working her way up nicely and I hope to be driving her on trails soon.

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Previous Officers and Directors


Cresca Albright, past President

BioPixCrescaCresca and Sweet PeaCresca has served the club for many years, including being past President. She has managed the Hancock outing for several years, where participants enjoy a lovely fall setting for camping, and rural dirt roads and railroad bed trails. Hancock features a notable "road cut" originally hand-dug for the train to pass to Sunapee Lake; now our drivers and riders get to pass through on the reclaimed railroad bed.  

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 Cathy Mcleod, past Vice President, past Secretary

Cathy, horse carriage driving for pleasureCathy's gray Arab put to her road cartCathy, a long-time member, served GSCA for many years as Secretary of the Club before helping out even further by filling a Vice President vacancy. Her organizing skills, attention to detail, and input are valued by all.

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Marilyn Williams, past Treasurer

BioPixSnapMarilynMarilyn and her miniature horse cartI have been with the GSCA for 10+ years and was Treasurer of GSCA for four years. It has been a great experience for me to meet and drive with the members of GSCA. When I started out at GSCA, both my friend Judy’s mini named Jim that I drive and I were very green and had so much to learn.  Between the drives and various clinics, we have come a long way and have enjoyed the company, the locations of the drives and the shared laughter along the way. My interests other than horses and driving include my husband Bill, my  friends, three dogs—Morrie, Jakki and Gabe, vacationing in East Andover, Maine, reading and volunteering at “The Wish Project” in Lowell, MA.

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Laurie Goodwin, former Director

Laurie is an avid horsewoman and enjoys driving her Welsh Pony Nick in New England and Florida. She has served as a GSCA board member for many years.Laurie Goodwin, Pony cart driver, Granite State Carriage ClubLaurie driving Nick put to a marathon-style cart

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Jim Burnham, past Director

Jim and Nancy, carriage driving pair of FjordsJim and Nancy's Fjord pair

Jim and his wife Nancy have served the club for many years. Jim managed the Shelburne Farms drive for many years, and his steadfast advice and experience is welcome still.

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Founding of the Granite State Carriage Association

by Ginger Laplante 2005 (updated 2012)

Enjoying horses in rural settings in the northeastern U.S., our association welcomes all drivers and riders. The Granite State Carriage Association (GSCA) was founded in 1978 in the living room at Windswept, Lansing Mallett’s farm on Old Schoolhouse Road in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Several members of The Concord Coach Society, which collected all things relevant to the coaches, wished to drive horse drawn vehicles as well as collect them. To this end they gathered together a small group of people who they thought might be interested in founding a driving club.    (continued below...)


GSCA HISTORY GALLERY

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  • 1970 horse-drawn sleigh Granite State Carriage Assoc.
    GSCA founder Lansing Mallet sleighing in 1970
  • 1980 driving horse franklin pierce NH
    Franklin Pierce drive in Hillsboro, NH 1980
  • 1980 horseback ridert Granite State Carriage
    Bev Leo, early member, riding with her oxygen tank ca. 1980
  • 1980 pony cart hale
    Daisy Hale, GSCA founding member, and her pony Scout, early 1980s
  • 1985 concord coach parade GSCA
    Lansing Mallet in Concord Coach Parade, 1985
  • 1985 morgan horse pair
    Ellet Seavey drives his Morgan pair, 1985
  • 1989 Chronicle of the Horse film
    GSCA horse club involved in filming of The Chronicle, Canterbury NH 1989
  • 1989 Fjord horse pleasure cart
    Fjord at Playday, Canterbury NH, 1989
  • 1991 Acadia ME pleasure carriage horses
    Seaveys and Will Starace in Acadia Nat. Park, ME 1991
  • 1991 driving horse carriage GSCA
    Pres. Ed Frisbie with his standardbred pair, 1991
  • 1991 Hillsboro NH carriage drive
    Carriage drivers in Hillsboro NH, 1991
  • 1998 antique horse carriage
    Ginger and John L. and Mr. C. on Ragged Mtn. drive, 1998
  • 1998 carriage drive
    GSCA Shaker Drive in Canterbury NH, 1998
  • 1998 carriage horse ceremony
    Ellet Seavey's final resting place in Auburn NH, 1998
  • 1998 cart horse driver
    Linda W. and Shirley Seavey in cart horse show, 1998
  • 1998 driving pony cart
    Nancy B. and Turbo Toby, 1998
  • 1998 harness horse carriages picnic
    Picnic drive in Shelburne VT, 1998
  • 1998 horse carriage parade
    Sonja and Bob C. in Parade in Bethlehem NH, 1998
  • 1998 horse club memorial
    Sandra Platt's gravesite after the Danbury Drive, 1997
  • 1998 recreational horse club members GSCA
    GSCA horse club in Shelburne VT, 1998
  • 1998 road cart harness horse
    Bev Leo and Bill Hatt drive Hawk at Shelburne, VT 1998
  • 1999 driving harness horse New York
    Jan C. at Mountain House, Mohonk NY, 1999
  • 1999 horse barn Mohonk New York
    The Stables at Mohonk NY, 1999
  • 1999 horse cart shelburne farms
    Alongside Lake Champlain at Shelburne Farms VT, 1999
  • 2000 carriage horses wedding party
    Wedding party carriages, Shelburne VT 2000
  • 2000 Granite State carriage club picnic
    GSCA carriage club picnic, Newbury NH 2000
  • 2000 horse carriage club outing
    Lunch at Petr L.'s drive in Lyndeboro NH, 2000
  • 2000 horse carriage wedding bride
    Jim B. carries bride to her wedding at Shelburne Farms, VT 2000
  • 2001 Antique Horse Carriage Fjord Pair
    Antique carriage and pair of Fjords, 2001
  • 2001 Cart Horse harness horse
    B. Hurld, Maudsley State Park, MA 2001
  • 2001 Horse Driving Club Shaker Village, NH
    Horse driving club in Shaker Village, Canterbury NH 2001
  • 2001 Road Cart Driving Horse
    Foxx put to Bob C.'s cart, 2001
  • 2002 Acadia Park Carriage Horses GSCA
    Carriages above Jordan Pond in Acadia Nat. Park, ME 2002
  • 2002 Belgian Driving Horse
    Belgian pulling a forecart, Newbury NH 2002
  • 2002 Carriage Driving Club Presidents
    GSCA Presidents in and out, 2002
  • 2002 Old Horse Carriage
    Will Starace in 2002
  • 2003 Acadia ME Horse Driving Group
    2003 driving and riding group, Acadia ME
  • 2003 Horse Costumes
    Costume horse trail ride/drive, 2003
  • 2003 Horses In Acadia ME
    Riders and drivers in Acadia, ME 2003
  • 2003 Pony Cart Carriage
    Pony cart mom and daughter, Lyndeboro NH, 2003
  • 2003 Riding Horses GSCA
    Cindy P. and friend, GSCA outing 2003
  • 2003 Trail Horse carriage club
    D. Ayers trail riding with GSCA, 2003
  • 2004 Horse Cart GSCA
    C. Libis drives in road cart, 2004
  • Acadia Maine Wildwood horse barn 1989
    GSCA was first horse group to visit Acadia National Park upon its re-opening to horses in 1989. Horse barn at Wildwood, Acadia, ME.
  • Horse Driving Club Awards 2001
    GSCA Annual Meeting Awards, 2001
  • 1970 horse-drawn sleigh Granite State Carriage Assoc.
  • 1980 driving horse franklin pierce NH
  • 1980 horseback ridert Granite State Carriage
  • 1980 pony cart hale
  • 1985 concord coach parade GSCA
  • 1985 morgan horse pair
  • 1989 Chronicle of the Horse film
  • 1989 Fjord horse pleasure cart
  • 1991 Acadia ME pleasure carriage horses
  • 1991 driving horse carriage GSCA
  • 1991 Hillsboro NH carriage drive
  • 1998 antique horse carriage
  • 1998 carriage drive
  • 1998 carriage horse ceremony
  • 1998 cart horse driver
  • 1998 driving pony cart
  • 1998 harness horse carriages picnic
  • 1998 horse carriage parade
  • 1998 horse club memorial
  • 1998 recreational horse club members GSCA
  • 1998 road cart harness horse
  • 1999 driving harness horse New York
  • 1999 horse barn Mohonk New York
  • 1999 horse cart shelburne farms
  • 2000 carriage horses wedding party
  • 2000 Granite State carriage club picnic
  • 2000 horse carriage club outing
  • 2000 horse carriage wedding bride
  • 2001 Antique Horse Carriage Fjord Pair
  • 2001 Cart Horse harness horse
  • 2001 Horse Driving Club Shaker Village, NH
  • 2001 Road Cart Driving Horse
  • 2002 Acadia Park Carriage Horses GSCA
  • 2002 Belgian Driving Horse
  • 2002 Carriage Driving Club Presidents
  • 2002 Old Horse Carriage
  • 2003 Acadia ME Horse Driving Group
  • 2003 Horse Costumes
  • 2003 Horses In Acadia ME
  • 2003 Pony Cart Carriage
  • 2003 Riding Horses GSCA
  • 2003 Trail Horse carriage club
  • 2004 Horse Cart GSCA
  • Acadia Maine Wildwood horse barn 1989
  • Horse Driving Club Awards 2001

I remember the following as being at this first meeting:  Lansing Mallett, Mike and Ginger Plisko (now Laplante), and Bill Mears from Canterbury, Ed Rowse from Loudon, and Daisy and Lawrence Hale from Concord. Possibly more were there who I do not remember.

It was decided to form a club and call it the Granite State Carriage Association. Additional members were sought and the group was soon large enough to begin activity. Among the other early members were Marcia Evans from Hopkinton, Roy and Emily Glines, David Jenesta, Eileen Peterson and Robert and Edith Bishop, all from Canterbury, Dr Freese from Concord, Ellet Seavey from Candia, Will and Linda Starace from Raymond and Barbara Hurld from W. Newbury, MA. The last three are still active members as are Eileen Peterson, and Ginger Laplante. Ellet Seavey was active until his death in 1999 at the age of 79. His wife Shirley has since passed away, and the club still honors them with an annual Ellet and Shirley Seavey Memorial Drive.

The first club activity was a drive held at the Plisko’s farm, Canterbrook, in Canterbury NH. The future horse show buildings were under construction at the time and lunch was held on the high platform which would become the base of the secretaries' booth. As the Canterbrook Horse Shows began in 1978 this must have been in 1977 or spring 1978.

As at present, drives were held at members' homes or other places they arranged for during the early years. One major difference from the present was the annual scheduling of several sleigh drives in the winter. These were dropped by 1990 due to various combinations of no snow, no parking plowed out for trailers, trailers snowed in, rain or other horrible weather, horses not properly shod etc. resulting eventually in light attendance. For several years we held a moonlight group sleigh hay ride and potluck supper near Rochester, NH. These were popular but again were plagued by no snow, rain and/or no moon due to clouds so they too were dropped.

Coach Pair ShelburneShelburne Farms VT since 1998   Horse Club President GSCAPast GSCA Horse Club President Linda S.   Hayride at Newbury NHHayride at Newbury NH BBQ drive/ride
held for about 10 years

We also participated in the Gunstock Ski Area’s Winter Carnival in 1983 and 1984. They plowed out their cross country ski trails for our sleighing use and provided us with a hot lunch at the parking area. The first year this was delivered on noisy snowmobiles to our horror. Fortunately no horses spooked. In return for this hospitality we held a sleigh parade across the base of the ski slopes. By the second year it became obvious that this was an accident waiting to happen. The administration made no attempt to keep horses, sleighs and skiers separated and the skiers acted as though we were not there, moving about in all directions oblivious of the horses. One kid on a sled actually shot under Daisy Hale’s pony! So we politely declined the next invitation to sleigh at the Gunstock Winter Carnival.

For several years we had a wonderful 20 mile drive and barbecue-- originally lamb and later chicken. This ran either from Lansing Mallett’s to Bill Mears’ farm and back or the reverse with the barbecue at the destination farm in the middle of the drive. This broke the distance up and gave the horses a rest. Unfortunately after Bill ceased to drive his pony, the only two farms available were Lansing’s and Ginger’s and they were only four miles apart so it became difficult to plan long enough routes between the two farms without using too much pavement or busy roads so these events ceased by 1990.

Another annual drive we always looked forward to was the early spring drive which Ellet Seavey held at his Candia field in April. This ran for several years until it was decided that it was just too early for decent weather and horses fit enough to go out. For several years Monty Warman held a fall Foliage drive in Brookfield. This was taken over in 1988 by Don and June Kunar who held it at Wadleigh State Park for five years. Theirs was a particularly interesting drive as we always took a lovely country route past Muster Field Farm.

Several driving clinics were held during the early years but they were eventually dropped due to lack of attendance. Beach drives were also tried but were not very successful.

In recent years there has been a great increase in the number of driving overnight weekends and weeks as many of our members are campers who seem to enjoy them. These are usually scheduled so you can come for one or more days of the entire number of days scheduled. The exception is the very distant driving weekends such as the one to Acadia National Park in Maine; for those one usually goes for the entire time.

Grady with whip Petr L. Grady driven by whip Petr L.,
long-standing GSCA member
ca. 1980s
   outing near Mt. Chocorua, NHClub's very popular outing near Mt. Chocorua, NH since 2006    Relaxing on the shore of Lake Champlain, VTRelaxing on the shore of
Lake Champlain, Vermont ca. 2008

One thing has not changed almost since the beginning. Our members wish to drive for pleasure only and most are not overly intereted in holding competitions except for simple fun ones. We did have a fun three phase event at Lansing Mallett's one early year but it was a lot of work and was not repeated. I still have the left over ribbons in my office closet.

The first Annual Meeting must have been held in 1979 as the flyer for the 1984 Annual Meeting states that it is the fifth. This is the earliest Annual Meeting Flyer still extant. According to the Calendar of Events, the 1983 meeting was held at the Chateau Restaurant in Manchester. The 1984 meeting and the next two were held at Kimball’s Lakeside Restaurant in Hopkinton. In 1988 Jimmie’s Seafood Restaurant in Concord was tried once, then we moved on to The Old Mill in Epsom for two years and then Hudson’s Fireside Restaurant in Epsom for five years. The Greenhouse Cafe in Amherst was tried in 1998 but then we met in The Lantern Restaurant in Manchester for five years before moving on to The Yard in Manchester for another five years. For many years the Annual Meeting featured a speaker after dinner and the business meeting. In 1999 a silent auction was added and then in 2000 a live auction to raise much needed monies for insurance and expenses. This proved very popular and has continued ever since. However the auction took up so much time that by 2004 it was decided to not have a speaker as well. In 2010, the speaker was resumed. Thanks to the annual auctions the club continues in good financial shape. The Annual Meetings most recently have been held at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH.

The November Planning Meetings also date almost from the beginning of the organization. Until 1988 they were pot lucks held in the Parish House of the Canterbury United Church. In 1989 we moved to the meeting room in the East Concord Church where we stayed for about four years. They then moved to Ginger and John Laplante’s farm, Canterbrook for three years. We then tried The Carriage Barn in Newton, NH, but found it too distant for most people. The meeting then returned to Canterbrook for a year before ceasing to be a pot luck and moving for three years to the Weathervane Restaurant in Manchester, which eventually proved to be entirely too noisy for holding a meeting. We then moved to The Lantern Restaurant for three years only to again find in the final year that we had to share the large room with a noisy family party at the other end. We then moved to The Yard in Manchester for several years, and most recently to the Weathervane Restaurant in Amherst, NH.

Gypsy horse rider at  Look to the MountainGypsy horse rider at
Look to the Mountain
   30th birthday cake for GSCA30th birthday cake for GSCA
in 2008
   Acadia's carriage roadsGSCA members have enjoyed
Acadia's carriage roads since 1989

Over the years our membership has grown greatly. We began with just a handful. By 1981 we had 50 members, by 1989 it was 72 members. It varied between the 50’s and the 70’s until 1999 when it was 90. In 2000 it jumped to 121; 2001 was 137; 2003 was 127; in 2004, 142 and in 2005 it was 142. In 2012, membership was 120+.

Attendance at events has paralleled the membership numbers. In the days when membership ranged from 50 to 70 there would usually be around 6 rigs at a drive. That increased to about 15 or so until the recession when the numbers again dropped. We now also have a goodly number of horseback riders at our events. Many members continue on our list for years but seldom show up at an event. Perhaps they remain members because they like the newsletter or the annual meeting gathering which is usually large. Most likely they maintain their interest in carriage driving and the club activities.

I began the Newsletter early in the life of the organization when I was the Secretary but I cannot remember the year. It was first done on the typewriter and mimeograph machine and its looks left a lot to be desired. I think it may have come out irregularly also but I really can’t remember and all of the early issues seem to have disappeared. As there was no Editor until 1990, the Secretary was responsible for the Newsletter at that time. Then, when someone else became Secretary, it more or less died and the Secretary sent out notices of events with news and for sale ads sometimes attached.

I know it became a regular thing again before 1993 when another member took it over for a year. I took it over again the next year and have been the Editor ever since. Over the years it has grown to include reports on events, member and general driving or horse related news, and articles, poems, funny writings and lists of interest to our membership, as well as occasional reports on related web sites and other things. Always included are For Sale, Upcoming Events and Membership Information. Drawings have been used to illustrate articles and have provided an interesting back cover from the beginning. Technology made it possible to also include photographs for the last few years although they were not of the best quality. The Newsletter now comes out via Email almost monthly, and has often grown to six or eight pages of content plus event notices.

I think our logo of the man driving his happily trotting horse to a stylish two wheeled cart was chosen about the time the Newsletter began. It appears on the single 1984 copy still extant and was chosen because it epitomized the kind of pleasure driving our group enjoys. The original, titled “The Roadster,” is to be found on page 87 of "Driving as I Found It" by Frank Swales, published in 1891 by Brentanos London, Paris, Washington, Chicago, New York.   GSCA logo

On that note I will close as our members happily trot their horses at event after event and the GSCA itself trots on into the future.

Virginia (Ginger) Laplante (formerly Plisko), Founding member and Editor

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Here is your toolkit for Hosting drive/rides (.pdf downloads):Horse Camping in Danville, VermontHorse camping is a favorite activity of many GSCA members,
as seen here in Danville, Vermont

 

VISIT Outing Hosts page to meet our wonderful volunteer Hosts in the GSCA...

 

 

GSCA Outing Hosts

Volunteering their experience and time, the club's Outing Hosts are the spirit and heart of the Granite State Carriage Association. Any member with an idea for a location can propose, organize or assist with an Outing, please join us in our November Planning Meeting when we schedule for the coming year. All GSCA Outings welcome horseback riders as well as carriage drivers (as permitted by the venue.)

MEET HOSTS for these GSCA outings:
Touchstone Farm, Temple NH Spring Drive
Auburn NH Seavey Memorial Outing
Carver/Plymouth MA Myles Standish State Forest Drive/Ride
Chocorua NH  Look to the Mountain Outing
Danville VT Northeast Kingdom Outing (CANCELED in 2015)
Hancock NH Labor Day Outing and BBQ
Acadia National Park ME Meetups on Mt. Desert Island with experienced GSCA members
Milton Mills NH  Branch Hill Farm
Shelburne VT  Shelburne Farms Mid-week Drive
Willowbrook Village ME   Camping Outing Drive/Ride
Andover NH Rail Trail Outing

Previous GSCA Outing Hosts

See current GSCA Calendar of Activities for this year's Drive/Ride Outings.

 

Boo Martin hosts Touchstone Farm Spring Fling Drive in Temple, NHGSCA drive/ride Host Boo M.

Founder and Executive Director of Touchstone Farm. A life long horsewoman, Boo has shown, trained, evented, driven and taught riding and driving lessons for the last 40 years. She has also actively fox hunted and done Pony Club. She has spoken at numerous regional and national conferences. She graduated as a teacher for grades K-12 from UVM and Fordham University. She then went on to found Pony Farm, a girls’ summer residential riding camp, fully accredited by the American Camping Association. She was involved as both the President and Executive Director of the NH Camp Directors’ Association, serving on the NE/ACA board as well.

She then founded the lesson program at the farm and became involved with the American Riding Instructor Association, receiving her instructor certification from ARIA. She was awarded the Riding Instructor of the Year in 1997. Attended Antioch Graduate School in the Organization and Management Degree Program, and started Horse Power and the Horse Power Instructor Training School with her colleagues and professors, as well as became involved in the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (now PATH Intl.) when she founded Horse Power in 1989. She went on to co-found the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association, as well as serve on numerous NARHA committees. She has received the Presidents’ Award, the Founders’ Award and the James Brady Lifetime Achievement Award with PATH, Intl., as well as the NH Horse Person of the Year. In 2013, she received the Sis Gould Therapeutic Driving Award from PATH Intl.

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Linda and Eric Wilking host Auburn, NH/ Manchester Waterworks Outing

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with fearless navigator Eric.

Linda has always been a horse lover. As a kid she was the typical barn rat doing anything to be able to ride. It was not until Linda was 42 years old that we were able to buy our first horse. Nashin was a 15 yr old Arab gelding that took our son Christopher to 4-H highest award, best in the state, and to the BIG E three times.

We bought Clydascope "Clyde" for Linda, a Clyde/TB that rode and drove all over the place. Clyde was a wonderful horse that will never be replaced-- he passed away suddenly at the young age of 13 from colic, every horse person's worst fear.

We have since moved on with many other horses that we drive and ride but driving is our true passion. Spinnaker is our current driving mare, she is a Russian Warmblood/Appendix quarter horse. Spinny is a big-boned girl that gives her all, whether we compete at CDEs or pleasure shows or just hack on the trails.

We have a standardbred that we are fostering for the NHSPCA, she is a great addition to the barn. The poor thing came to us so thin and afraid of her own shadow! Amazing what a little bit of love and food does for her-- now she loves her retired life.   

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Sonja and Bob C. host Chocorua, NH "Look to the Mountain" camping venue

Cart horse driving harness horse carriageMiss Breezy takes Sonja
and Bob C. for a drive
  Sonja rides her mustang Shy BoySonja, Lifetime Member, on her mustang
Shy Boy, aka. Chance
     

"I have been a Granite State Carriage Association member for nearly 30 years. When I joined, I was a competitive long-distance trail rider and driver looking for some "pleasure" events when taking a break from competition. GSCA was introduced to me as a recreational driving and riding club whose motto is to “Drive and Ride Just for the Fun of it.” And fun it has been ever since. My husband Bob and I now drive and ride leisurely at the many wonderful outings offered throughout the year by GSCA.

"Since retiring from competition, we have been very involved with the organization which includes hosting many events ourselves especially the Chocorua, NH and Greenfield, NH  drives and rides. From 1996 to 2002, I was president of the club and now serve on the Board. We truly enjoy and are committed to this wonderful organization and have met many like-minded enthusiasts who take pleasure in the well organized GSCA outings in some of the most beautiful New England locations one might not have experienced otherwise."

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Deb and Jim Hunt hosted the Northeast Kingdom Outing in Danville, VT

Deb on Kyrelle-smallDeb on KyrelleSaSadSSadly due to fire at owner's home, the NEK outing was canceled in 2015. A new venue is being sought.

Deb & Jim Hunt moved to Danville VT from Newburyport MA in 2004. They were then new members of the Granite State Carriage Association and were amazed to learn that GSCA had held a drive the previous summer in Danville. The Northeast Kingdom drive was new event on the club calendar and the Hunts helped out for several years as understudies for the original hosts, Bob and Sonja Cahill.

Deb's feisty Morgan gelding made the move up from Massachusetts and soon the new Danville home had a 4-stall barn and some pretty nice grass paddocks out back. Jim started riding around then and before long all the stalls were filled. A big Belgian cross driving horse came with an extra-large road cart. A couple of corgis moved in and a Jack Russell terrier too.

The Hunts were looking for rural and a 'real' Vermont community (with a school and a library and a town green, not too many second homes and transplants like themselves). Danville really fit the bill and turned out to be a wonderful horse community as well. The network of quiet town roads, woods, logging and snowmobile trails is great for trail riders and driving horses and the area is very beautiful.

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Laurie Goodwin hosts Acadia Meetup ONE, Acadia National Park, ME

 Laurie is an avid horsewoman and enjoys driving her Welsh Pony Nick in New England and Florida. She has served as a GSCA board member for many years.    CONTACT LAURIE   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Laurie and Nick starting a drive at Acadia, pony cart.

 Laurie G. drives her pony and cart



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 Cindy Schlener hosts the Branch Hill Outing in Milton Mills, NH    

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I discovered GSCA when riding at the Kokals on Labor Day weekend 4 years ago. I've met so many good folks while horse camping with GSCA and its given me the opportunity to explore new areas. I'm hoping I can discover more areas for GSCA to hold camping events along with new trails for riders and drivers.

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Jean Harvey hosts the Shelburne Farms/Meach Cove, VT Drive also 19th Century Willowbrook Village, Newfield ME (NEW 2016)

Jean Harvey currently lives and operates a horse farm in Enfield, NH. Horses have been a large part of her live since her early teens. Now as a young senior, carriage driving is her passion both for pleasure and competing.

Presently Jean is an active member of GMHA, CAA, ADS, GSCA, and PATH Intl. As an instructor, she enjoys teaching and promoting the sport of carriage driving.

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Jean Harvey's driving pony Pixie, pony cart

Jean and her driving pony, Pixie

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 2016 Pres. Jean

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John H. (with Linda and Eric W.) hosts the Myles Standish/Carver MA camping Outing

"I am 61, the general manager of Outermost Harbor Marine in Chatham, Ma. I am married for 28 years, four grown children 2 wonderful grand daughters that I have already had in the saddle with me. Have had the same buckskin horse for 16 years (Dillon) and always bring my Aussie, Annie with me."

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Myles Standish Outing

 

Connie and Rick Moses host Andover, NH/Potter Place Rail Trail Outing, also Acadia Meetup TWO.

Horse Carriage pair, Connie M. GSCACurrent Vice President, Connie has been a Granite State Carriage Association member since 1998 and a trail rider since 1992. Connie went from being horse show mom and trail rider to carriage driver. Having bred and trained two carriage horses, she and her hubby Rick now drive pairs and sometimes tandem at GSCA outings.

Connie served as GSCA President 2010-2014, helping since then with the club's printed communications, the GSCA Facebook group, and this website. Her background is in graphic arts, and today she enjoys creating digital pet portrait paintings and photography. Her other furry friends include two cats and a wonderful English Setter named Peaches.

Connie driving Gilford and Glendale in Acadia National Park, ME

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woman with horseCresca with her Morgan mare
Sweet Pea

Cresca A. hosts the Hancock, NH Labor Day Outing

Cresca has served the club for many years, including being President twice. She has managed outings in Hancock locations for several years, where participants enjoy a lovely setting for camping, and rural dirt roads in beautiful Hancock.  

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Previous/recent GSCA Outing Hosts

Ginger L. and Claudia Libis hosted the Mystery Drive Outing in Canterbury, NH

Ginger L., a GSCA founding memberGinger L., a GSCA founding and Lifetime memberGinger with her Canadian Punk put to her antique buggyGinger with her Canadian Punk put to her antique buggy

I sold my war bonds in 1953 to buy my first horse, a lovely six year old sorrel quarter horse/Saddlebred mare, for $150 when I was seventeen.  I also bought my first antique vehicle that year, a lovely cutter for $15. Both were the first of many. I continued to collect antique vehicles and taught myself to drive a few years later using antique books on the subject and ever since have driven over country roads, at GSCA events and at a variety of interesting places such as Acadia National Park.

In 1978 my husband and I became two of the founders of the Granite State Carriage Association and their first event was held at our farm, Canterbrook, in Canterbury, New Hampshire that year. A few years later I began the newsletter and have been its editor ever since as well as serving in various office positions in earlier years.

I presently have two older mares, a Canadian and a Standardbred, but find that I am doing less driving as I get older. However, there is usually at least one GSCA event at Canterbrook each year to carry on the tradition.  

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Lucia and Jim Owen hosted Shelburne, VT drive

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Lucia and Jim O. in their road cartLucia and Jim O. in their road cart

After college and graduate school, I moved to western Maine and taught English at Gould Academy until I retired in 2000. Horses had always been in and out of my life--mostly out, But several years before I retired my sister-in-law gave me a 5 (or 6) year-old 3/4 Holsteiner 1/4 Thoroughbred gelding. So as I retired I found myself with something from my past to learn all over again.

We weren't the ideal combination as we tried to learn dressage, but with excellent teachers we got to Second Level schooling Third before I couldn't sit the trot any more. At our best, we were Maine Dressage Society Master Rider champions for a couple of years. Driving had always interested me; in fact, I can brag and say I knew Daphne Kellogg when I taught in Connecticut briefly.

Lessons with Robyn Cuffey and Judith Bean-Calhoun were great fun, and my horse Royal, at 19, began his career as a driving horse. The world of driving does move fast-- after attending the GSCA drive at Shelburne Farms in 2011 (our first "overnight" excursion), I was promoted this year to drive host. My groom and assistant is my husband Jim-- who would really rather be sailing. But he enjoys seeing the countryside go past slowly enough to really enjoy it. Royal and I couldn't do it without him.   

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Sue Rogers hosted Lands End Farm Outing in Reading, VT

 Sue and Tonka!Sue and Tonka!

Susan Rogers has been riding, driving and training horses in Vermont for over 20 years. She and her Welsh-Arab gelding Noble Gesture are well-known, and their performances are highly anticipated, at pleasure shows and CDE competitions throughout New England.   

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Pat. P. started and hosted the Branch Hill Outing in Milton Mills, NH    Pat P. at her Branch Hill Farm outingPat P. at her Branch Hill Farm outing

Managing to organize a lovely drive/ride into her busy schedule is nothing new to Pat P. Branch Hill is primarily an eventing practice course with gappable jumps, ponds and streams, woods trails and hayfield. Pat's horse farm, Maplestone TRC, runs a Therapeutic Riding Center, which among many other things offers Horses for Heroes, a therapy program aiding veterans.   

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