GSCA HOSTED RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Printable 2018 GSCA HOSTED Schedule [.pdf file]

 

2018 Dates
 
Recreational Horse Outing
(Drive or Ride)
 
Location
 
Feb. 18 (Sun)
(Snow date February 25)
 
 
 
Sleigh Day/Rally!  (Day Outing) 
*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
 
 

 

Lebanon, NH

 

 
March 18 (Sun) (revised date)
 
 
The Red Blazer Restaurant and Pub     
 

 

Concord, NH

 

 
May 12 (Sat)
 
 
 
Temple, NH
 
 
July 19-22 
(Thurs-Sun)
 
 
(Multi-Day Camping Outing)**
*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
 
                                 
 
Chocorura, NH
 
 
August 12 (Sun)
 
 
 
Andover, NH
 
 
August 26 (Sun)
 
*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
 
 
Sanbornton, NH        
     
 
September 13-19
(Thurs-Wed)
 
 
and              
(Multi-Day Camping Outing)**
*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED   
    
 
Shelburne, VT  
 
 
September 30 (Sun)
 
 
 
 
Auburn, NH
 
Oct. 14  (Sun)  
 
 
 

 

Milton Mills, NH

 

 
November 18 (Sun) 
 
 
GSCA Planning Meeting- all members & hosts invited.
Set Outing dates & planning for 2019.     
 
 
Temple, NH
 
 
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED means that new and re-newing memberships must be paid via PayPal or received by the Treasurer in advance. Also, completed Liability Forms with copies of current Neg. Coggins’ and any other required forms must be supplied to the Hosts a week in advance of the Outing date (via Email or postal mail.)

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For multi-day outings, you can attend part of the time or all scheduled dates.
 
PLEASE NOTE that GSCA's insurance carrier requires participants to be current members in order to drive, ride, or handle a horse at any GSCA Outing. Non-riding/non-driving guests are welcome to accompany members, Liability releases are required for all.
 

FILL OUT RELEASE FORMS and MEMBERSHIP FORMS in advance, as required for Outings and PRE-REGISTRATIONS:

Downloadable Forms -

GSCA Membership/Renewal Application

GSCA Liability Release Form-- Adults

GSCA MINORS Liability Release Form    

 

 
 
 
 

GSCA INFORMAL FRIENDS & PARTNERS ACTIVITIES

Printable 2018 FRIENDS & PARTNERS Events Schedule [.pdf file]

 

2018 Dates
Activity
Location
 May 6 (Sun)
Educational ADT Arena Driving Trial (Carriages) (Day Event)
(NON-GSCA: Hosted by members)
To Attend Contact: Eric & Linda Wilking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Brentwood, NH
June 15-17 (Fri-Sun)
(Informal GSCA Meet-up, Riders & Drivers) 
(Multi-Day Camping Outing)* 
To Attend Contact: Eric & Linda Wilking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reservations can be made at: Reserve America
Carver, MA
June 17-24 (TO BE CONFIRMED)
(Informal GSCA Meet-up, Riders & Drivers) 
(Multi-Day Camping Outing)*
To Attend Contact: Cindy Pirkey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reservations can be made at:Wildwood Stables
Acadia NP, ME
September 4-10
(Tues-Mon)
(TO BE CONFIRMED)
(Informal GSCA Meet-up, Riders & Drivers) 
(Multi-Day Camping Outing)*
To Attend Contact: Connie Moses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t
Reservations can be made at:Wildwood Stables
Acadia NP, ME
September 9
(Sun)
Educational ADT Arena Driving Trial (Carriages) (Day Event)
(NON-GSCA: Hosted by members) 
To Attend Contact: Eric & Linda Wilking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Brentwood, NH       
October 6-13
(Sat-Sat)
(Informal GSCA Meet-up, Riders & Drivers)
(Multi-Day Camping Outing)* 
To Attend Contact: Eric & Linda Wilking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reservations can be made at: Wildwood Stables
Acadia NP, ME
October 21
(Sun)
Educational ADT Arena Driving Trial (Carriages) (Day Event)
(NON-GSCA: Hosted by members) 
To Attend Contact: Eric & Linda Wilking: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Brentwood, NH  
           * For most (overnight) outings you can attend part of the time or all scheduled dates
 
  • There will be no GSCA signups or GSCA Liability forms for these events.
  •  All these activites are held by, and thus insured by, other organizations or facilities separate from GSCA.
  • They WILL require individual sign-ups and registrations with the facility or organization where they are held.
  • Please contact the persons listed for registration information for Acadia, Myles Standish, and the Educational ADTs

 

 

 

Event Descriptions

 

Annual Dinner Meeting/FUNd-raiser Auction for Granite State Carriage, held in SpringHorse Club Incoming President Jean H.  Incoming President Jean Harvey at 2015 Annual Meeting

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY as available.

Early every year the GSCA holds our Annual Club dinner meeting and FUNd-raiser Auction. On the agenda are a tasty meal, a speaker or presentation, brief business meeting, and then items donated by club members are auctioned off. This Annual Auction is the GSCA's only FUNd-raiser of the year, and it is a lively event! So come one-- come all to our sociable Annual Dinner Meeting and FUNd-raiser Auction!  

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Spring Fling Drive, Touchstone Farm 

Outing Host - Boo M.

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY as available.

STARTED IN 2015. A recreational Pleasure Drive (riders are welcome) with the Granite State Carriage Association. Featuring a clearly marked, “Go at Your Own Pace” Pleasure Drive, 3 options ranging from 5 to 8 miles on the dirt roads and some tar which surround Touchstone Farm. Bring your own luch and socialize in antique/historic farm house, with drinks and dessert provided!

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Ellet and Shirley Seavey Memorial Outing, Auburn NH, Tower Pond area at Auburn, NHTower Pond area at Auburn, NH outingsummer or fall (since 2008)

Outing Hosts - Linda and Eric W.

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY as available.

Eric and Linda W. have been hosting the Annual Ellet and Shirley Seavey Memorial Carriage Drive since 2008 on the Manchester Water Works (MWW) property off of Depot Road and Tower Hill Pond in Auburn, NH. The area provides 6 to 10 miles of trails to enjoy via carriage or horseback, including criss-crossing, tree-lined lanes and dirt/gravel roads, some circling ponds both large and small.

We enjoy sharing these beautiful trails with everyone-- the first two years we had over 30 participants. There are both walkers and bicycles using the trails. The most important thing for horse people to remember is that these trails are open at all times for us to use, the only thing that MWW asks is to pick up your horse's manure.

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Myles Standish State Forest Drive/Ride (since 2015)

Outing Hosts - John H., Linda & Eric W.

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY as available.

STARTED 2014! Great driving and riding area, MORE ROUTES available each year. Miles of fire roads, twenty thousand acres, a little stony or sandy in places. No motor vehicles on the trails or fire roads. An occasional gate to go around, the rangers may open a few to make it easier. Horse camping area which accommodates all size rigs and has pens for horses or use tie-lines. Lots of info can be found on the great Miles Standish State Forest web site Including directions, conditions, and campground maps.

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Look to the Mountain Outing, Chocorua NH, Horse Riding at Chocorua Chocorua-- loved by riders and driversJuly (since 2000)

Outing Hosts - Sonja and Bob C. Cohost is Cindy S.

 (assisted by Renee and Bill W., Heather G., Sue D. & Mary).

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY as available.

Members can ride and drive miles of scenic Chocorua and Tamworth gravel roads.  Follow the shady brook trail and enjoy great riding through Hemenway State Forest trails. Ride or drive to beautiful Chocorua Lake and up to the spectacular vista at Mountain View Farm. There are several hills on this ride, but an unconditioned horse going slowly will manage. Camping is at Coruway Farm at the foot of Mt. Chocorua where LeGrand Cannon penned Look to the Mountain. It is a popular summer outing where folks come for a day or camp for several days.  It’s a vacation destination for you and your horse!   

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Acadia Meetups ONE and TWO, Acadia National Park Maine--
Where the ocean meets the mountains

Outing Host ONE -Laurie G.      Outing Hosts TWO - Connie and Rick M.

ACADIA RESERVATIONS are made directly with Carriages of Acadia, starting on January 2.

Over fifty miles of rustic carriage roads, the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and
family, weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park. Rockefeller, a
skilled horseman, wanted to travel on motor-free byways via horse and carriage into the
heart of Mount Desert Island. His construction efforts from 1913 to 1940 resulted in roads
with sweeping vistas and close-up views of the landscape. His love of road building ensured
a state-of-the-art system.

Acadia’s carriage roads are the best example of broken-stone roads— a type of road
commonly used at the turn of the 20th century— in America today. They are true roads,
approximately 16 feet wide, constructed with methods that required much hand labor.
The roads were engineered to contend with Maine’s wet weather. Stone culverts, wide
ditches, three layers of rock, and a substantial six- to eight-inch crown ensured good
drainage. Rather than flattening hillsides to accommodate the roads, breast walls and
retaining walls were built to preserve the line of hillsides and save trees. Rockefeller,
naturally gifted with the eye of a landscape architect, aligned the roads to follow the
contours of the land and to take advantage of scenic views. He graded the roads so they
were not too steep or too sharply curved for horse-drawn carriages.

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NEW in 2016, back this year!! Pemi River Trail Outing, Sanbornton NH

Outing Host - Laurie G.

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY.

NEW IN 2016! Ride or drive lovely riverside woods trail alongside Pemigewassett River, and miles of quiet dirt roads in rural Sanbornton, NH, just off I-93. 6-10 miles potential loop, or 12-13 miles on dirt roads. Unique opportunity to drive this secluded trail. The river/floodplain trail is road-wide and is dirt, sandy, and in places with some gravel on top.

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Branch Hill Farm Outing, Milton Mills NH

Outing Host - Cindy S.

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY as available.

Branch Hill Farm property has always been open to the public for multiple uses. A network of 45 miles of woodland access roads provides fire protection as well as multiple recreational opportunities to the public. There are approximately 10 miles of river frontage on the Salmon Falls River, the Branch River, and the Jones Brook. The land also serves as a living laboratory for educating all age groups about good forest and field management. It was Carl's wish that his protected land would provide "an oasis of forests, fields, wildlife, recreation, clean water and air for generations to come."     

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Shelburne Farms VT Drive (since 1999) Tandem alongside Lake ChamplainTandem hitch alongside Lake Champlain  

with NEW Meach Cove Farms venue open to Riders!

Shelburne/Meach Cove Host -  Jean H.

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY as available.

Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont is a 1500-acre estate originally owned and built by the Vanderbilt-Webb family in the 1920's. The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (who also "did" Central Park) and contain large barns and outbuildings in the "chateau" style, a working dairy farm, and lots of livestock. The farm has been a public trust for many years and is open to the public year round. The famous Shelburne Inn, the former family residence, sits on a hill with a sweeping view of Lake Champlain and New York's Adirondack Mountains beyond. If this sounds like the perfect place to drive a carriage, it is!

For over 15 years GSCA has had the privilege of using the Coach Barn near the Shelburne Inn, from there having access to the network of dirt roads that crisscross the farm. Unfortunately, Riders are not permitted by the management, so this is a carriage-only outing. We are the only people to use the Coach Barn for horses regularly.

In 2015, adjacent Meach Cove Farm opened their venue to RIders and Drivers, who can enjoy roads and trails in the area connecting to Shelburne Farms and into Charlotte, VT. Additional days added to the outing include organized activities such as tours of Shelburne Museum's world-renowned carriage collection, a tour on Shelburne Farms grounds, and High Tea (formal attire if you wish) at the renowned Shelburne Inn.

Tea time excursion at Shelburne Inn, 2010Tea time excursion at Shelburne Inn, 2010    The way the drive works is defined by Shelburne Farms schedules and policies, and it goes something like this:  People arrive on Day 1 and clean and depart Barn on End day (you do not have to stay for the entire time.) During that time we can drive out at will. The stabling limits the number of attendees because we are not allowed to trailer in for the day. Registration for the drive opens per the Host and information and updates are posted here and on GSCA Facebook.

The Shelburne Coach Barn accommodates up to nine horses. Stabling has a per-night fee charged by Shelburne; drivers bring feed, bedding, etc. and leave the stable as immaculate as found when they depart. There may be a wait list. There is no camping on Shelburne Farm grounds but there is a campground very close by, and of course motels and B&Bs.

Meach Cove Farms offers even more stabling, also primitive trailer camping on their grounds.

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Andover NH Rail Trail Outing at Potter Place  

Outing Hosts - Connie and Rick M.

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY as available.

STARTED IN 2014. NEW DIRECTION OUT on Rail Trail in 2016! Trot out for miles on perfect footing! Amble along quiet byways. Something for everyone, come join us for carriage fun or ride your horse! Your only opportunity for carriage driving on ungated Rail Trail, per state permit with Dept. of Resources and Economic Development/NH Parks and Recreation.

Enjoy newly-constructed section of Northern Rail Trail; route will be out and back. Distance options-- up to 12 miles loop-out route includes dirt and tar roads in quiet neighborhoods. No Highway crossings.

Rail trail is level with well-maintained stone dust footing. Rail Trail width is well suited for carriage, with long sightlines and wider areas/pullouts to pass another carriage. Other users of Trail are joggers, bicyclists, walkers with dogs and horseback riders.

Potter Place Railroad Station Museum exhibits and rail car adjacent to staging area, with permanent porta-potty for the public.

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GSCA Planning Meeting, November

Our Schedule of Outings is initiated at our yearly Planning Meeting in November. Outing hosts attend, and any questions or issues are discussed between experienced hosts and the Club officers. Everyone is welcome at the Planning Meeting, which most recently has been held at the home of Boo Martin in Temple NH, BYO lunch. All members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend, in support of our Hosts!  BRING YOUR IDEAS FOR NEW OUTING LOCATIONS!

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Sleigh Rally, Lebanon NH -- NEW in 2017

Outing Host --Carolyn T.

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY as available.

Five miles of groomed trails to sleigh on! Plus 60 acres of open fields available for the more adventurous. Here is a great chance to have fun with your horse and that sleigh that hardly ever comes out of the barn.

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