Also see-- NEW from GSCA:  CONSOLIDATED Carriage Driving Calendar Northeast, a consolidated schedule of carriage events.

2017 GSCA Outings Schedule.pdf 

Printable Schedule--              **Outing Details & signups in LIBRARY **  (as available)

2017 Dates
 
Recreational Horse Outing (Drive or Ride)
 
Location


Feb. 19 (Sun)
(Snow date February 26)

Sleigh Day/Rally!   NEW OUTING! Lebanon, NH
March 12 (Sun)
Annual Meeting & Dinner/FUNdraiser Auction
The Red Blazer Restaurant and Pub, 72 Manchester Street,
Concord, NH    NEW LOCATION!   RESERVATIONS/flyer

Concord, NH


April 29 (Sat)

POSTPONED

Safety Conference-- Horse and trailering safety concerns
POSTPONED   watch for new date announcement
TBD
May 7 (Sun)
 
ADT Workshop in Brentwood, NH-- contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hosted by members but NOT a GSCA event
 
Brentwood, NH

May 21 (Sun)
CANCELLED

CANCELLED!  Cheshire Rail Trail Day Outing (proposed new day drive) Keene, NH
June 16-18 (Fri-Sun)
 
 
Carver, MA
June 18-23
(Sun-Fri)


Acadia Meetup ONE- Carriage Roads Outing, Riders & Drivers
*

Acadia NP, ME
July 21-23 (Fri-Sun)
 
 
Chocorura, NH


August 6


Maine Driving Club-- MDC Derby, Snowfield's
FMI:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pownal ME
August 13 (Sun)
 
 
Andover, NH
August 20 (Sun)

 
Sanbornton Pemi River Trail, Day Outing   2nd yr. Drive/Ride!!

Sanbornton, NH
September 1-3 (Fri-Sun)
 

Celebrate Labor Day-- Camping Outing in the beautiful Monadnock Region *  Cresca A.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
Hancock, NH
September 5-11 (Tues-Mon)
 
 
Acadia NP, ME

September 10
(Sun)

ADT Workshop in Brentwood, NH-- contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hosted by members but NOT a GSCA event
Brentwood, NH


September 17

 


Maine Driving Club-- MDC Derby, Spurwink Farm
FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cape Elizabeth, ME
September 14-20 (Thurs-Wed)
 
*New Meach Cove venue open to Riders!* --
Multi-Day Camping Outing
 
Shelburne, VT


September 30

 


Maine Driving Club-- MDC Derby Plus
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Wales, ME
October 1 (Sun)

 
Seavey Memorial/ "Waterworks" Day Outing

Auburn, NH

October 7-8 (Sat-Sun)
Autumn Camping Outing & Barbecue at Touchstone Farm Temple, NH

Oct. 7 (Sat) TBC

 

Oct. 8 (Sun) TBC

Spurwink Farm Invitational for Carriages, Saturday of Columbus Day weekend-- Open drive, NOT a GSCA event

Spurwink Farm Invitational for Riders, Sunday of Columbus Day weekend-- Open ride, NOT a GSCA event

Cape Elizabeth, ME

Oct. 15  NEW!

(Sun)

BRANCH HILL REVISITED! Drive/ride at Branch Hill FarmNEWly added this year after a brief hiatus...  Set aside on your calendars!

Milton Mills, NH

Oct. 22 (Sun)
ADT Workshop in Brentwood, NH-- contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hosted by members but NOT a GSCA event
Brentwood, NH
November 19 (Sun)
REVISED DATE!


GSCA Planning Meeting-- all members & hosts invited. REVISED DATE!
Set Outing dates & planning for 2018-- 

TBD
 
* For most (overnight) outings you can attend part of the time or all scheduled dates *
 
Please note that the Club's insurance carrier requires non-members to join the club 
in order to drive, ride, or handle a horse at any Outing with the GSCA.
Non-riding/non-driving guests are welcome to accompany members, liability releases are required for all.


All Outing UPDATES are posted to GSCA Facebook group under "Events."
Facebook Group members receive Event invitations and update notices.

Find specific Outing Details here, including Flyers/signups and Fact Sheets (under News & Resources/LIBRARY.)

NOTIFY HOST whenever you are considering attendance... so you can be notified of any changes or cancellations.

      SAVE time and be considerate of your host--
FILL OUT RELEASE FORMS and MEMBERSHIP FORMS in advance, as required for Outings:

GSCA Membership/Renewal Application 2016.pdf

GSCA Liability Release Form-- Adults.pdf

GSCA MINORS Liability Release Form.pdf   

Meet Outing Hosts here.

Download GSCA Safety Tips.pdf  for Drivers

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GSCA offers shared membership with Maine Driving Club SINCE 2014. GSCA and MDC offer $1 ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP to each others' Members, for the purpose of attending each others' club outings and events!

See CLUB HAPPENINGS page for the "MDC Associate" Member application.

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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

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. (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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Celebrate Labor Day Camping Outing, Hancock, NH

Outing Host - Cresca A.

Outing Flyers and Registration signups in LIBRARY

STARTED IN 2014! Come for one or all days and enjoy the lovely scenery of the Monadnock Region. OVERNIGHT CAMPING AVAILABLE  Fri-Sun nights. Porta Potty will be on site – bring your own horse water. BBQ Registration required, see top right of page for PayPal signup (in July or August.)
Come join us to ride or drive on the historic back roads of Hancock, NH.  If you have been to this event before you already know how spectacular the Monadnock Region is. New location offers new loops for riding and driving.  
Please call ahead to let us know when you plan on joining us!  We look forward to seeing you there!
Cresca Albright:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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Spurwink Farm, ME Invitational Drive (Sat.) and Ride (Sun.), Columbus Day Weekend

OPEN DRIVE and RIDE, NOT a GSCA event.

For several years, the owner of Spurwink Farm on lovely Cape Elizabeth, ME (just south of Portland) has opened her lands to carriages on Day one, and to riders on Day two of Columbus Day weekend. Well-marked loop route meanders through trails, woods, fields, and dirt byways, including alongside the ocean and bay. Approx. 8-10 mile loop is gorgeous and carriage-friendly. Afterwards folks gather at tables under cover for bring-your-own lunch. The event is owner-sponsored and not a GSCA event; Spurwink Farms liability release and proof of negative Coggins are required. This outstanding venue is free, and not to be missed!

See Farm description at  Spurwink/Ram Island Farm

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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.

 

 CANCELLED in 2015 Northeast Kingdom Ride-Drive Outing, Horse campsite Landscaped campsite with two ponds!Danville VT, August (since 2004)

Outing Hosts - Deb and Jim H.

DUE TO owner's house fire and property losses, this venue has sadly been discontinued. However, hosts Deb and Jim are actively seeking a new location for horse camping in the same lovely area. The club will be notified if this Outing is renewed.

[FORMER DESCRIPTION]
The Northeast Kingdom Ride-Drive, held over a long weekend in August, invites members to stay and explore quiet country roads in Danville and neighboring communities of Peacham and Barnet. Camping is by a pond at the Frye Refuge, beautifully reclaimed land once operated as a gravel quarry by our host, Bert Frye. The campground includes a portable toilet, water for horses and space to set up portable corrals (no electric hookups). There is a second pond on the grounds for swimming.

A marked loop of about 7 miles from the campground (all gravel) can be driven in either direction and follows a lovely brook for part of the trip. Other gravel roads suitable for riding or driving are highlighted on a map provided to all participants. Many miles of routes and loops can be driven without using any paved roads. A riding trail from the refuge is marked and the hosts can generally provide guidance on riding options in addition to the nearby country roads.

This part of Vermont is hilly. The marked loop from the Frye Refuge is a combination of relatively flat and rolling terrain. Many of the other wonderful driving roads climb and dip a fair bit, so horses should be conditioned for the terrain.

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