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:

Andover NH Rail Trail Outing
Auburn NH Seavey Memorial Outing
Bristol NH cohosted by Sandy S and Leslie B
Chocorua NH  Look to the Mountain Outing
Loudon NH cohosted by Sandy S and Denise RG.
Milton Mills NH  Branch Hill Farm
Shelburne VT  Shelburne Farms Mid-week Drive
Sanbornton NH  Pemi River Trail
Warner NH Snow Games

MEET HOSTS for these GSCA Meet-ups: 

Acadia National Park ME Meetups on Mt. Desert Island with experienced GSCA member
Carver/Plymouth MA Myles Standish State Forest Drive/Ride Meetup

 

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

  

Linda and Eric Wilking host Auburn, NH/ Manchester Waterworks Outing and
Myles Standish Meet-up

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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.   

CONTACT LINDA & ERIC    

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 Cindy Schlener hosts the Branch Hill Outing in Milton Mills, NH and
"Look to the Mountain" Outing in Chocorua, 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.

CONTACT Cindy Schlener 

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 Denise Reed Gagnon hosts the Snow Games Day Outing in Warner, NH and
cohosts the Loudon Scenic Roads and Woodland Trails Outing
   

Hello my name is Denise Reed Gagnon.

I live in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire  in Sanbornton NH.
I'm married to a wonderful man his name is Greg and I have a grown daughter her name is Cynthia 
I was 7 when I got my first pinto pony "French Fry". I've owned horses ever since then.
I grew up riding and while living at a foster home discovered driving horses. I fell in love with driving horses for a few years until I went to farrier college after high school.
After  owning and showing American  Paint Horses for over 20 years I rekindled my passion for driving horses again and have fallen in love with combined driving events.
I'm excited to see where my journey will take me in 2019 and beyond.
 

CONTACT Denise Reed Gagnon  

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 Leslie Baxter cohosts the Profile Falls Day Outing in Bristol, NH    

I live in Manchester NH and have a small herd of Morgan mares.  A 28 year old mare Tiffany and her two lovely daughters  Most people may know Miss Who aka Holly Golightly from our many trail drives .  I also drive her sister Kate as well. I love to encourage folks to try Carriage driving and will promote safety and fun where ever the road takes me.

CONTACT Leslie Baxter  

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 Sandy Sims, cohosts the Profile Falls Outing and Scenic Loudon Roads
and Woodland Trails Outing

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My husband Dennis and I live in Loudon, NH and have a small farm on 6 acres. I am an UNH graduate in Animal Science and have a Diploma in Nursing from Concord Hospital where I worked for 35 years in Critical Care. I have been “horse crazy” my whole life but was only able to get my first horse as an adult, a wonderful 3 year old standardbred OTT mare. She taught me to drive and I taught her to ride! She became an excellent trail horse and XC jumper. We did everything together and she lived to be just shy of 34 years. A second horse, an 11 month filly joined my family and became an everything horse also:  trails, hunter jumper, eventing, dressage and driving. She will be 28 in June. I bought a 4 year old Dutch Harness horse in June 2016 who I ride and drive. I have been active in many sports throughout my life and enjoy an active outdoor life style. I am on the Loudon Conservation Commission which actively seeks to preserve open land and forests and a new member of The Abbott Downing Historical Society. I volunteer at The Live And Let Live Farm animal rescue in Chichester, NH. Our home is in the country surrounded by miles of dirt woods roads that are great to explore via horseback or carriage so we are truly enjoying our retirement years. With one year’s membership in GSCA we have met many great people who share our interests and look forward to more friendships in the coming years.

 

CONTACT Sandy Sims  

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Jean Harvey hosts the Shelburne Farms/Meach Cove, VT Drive 

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.

CONTACT JEAN  

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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 Laurie Graham hosts the Pemigewasset River outing in Sanbornton, NH    

Having had to wait until I was an adult to bring horses back into my life, I missed out on the years of fairs, events, competitions and ribbons, but that doesn’t at all dampen my enthusiasm for everything horse. My three horses are home with me in Sanbornton, where we have hundreds of acres of wooded trails to explore right off the property. It is my pleasure to share this special location with the Sanbornton Pemigewasset Ride and Drive since 2016..

CONTACT Laurie Graham 

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Faith and Don Clendenen hosted Andover, NH/Potter Place Rail Trail Outing

Don and Faith Clendenen moved to New Hampshire from California in 2007.  In 2011, Faith decided to do something she had always wanted to do and bought a horse.  Don was intrigued and came to enjoy the horse but did not want to ride so they decided to find a driving horse.  By some kind of divine Providence, they ended up with a pair of grays who are often a dirty brown whenever they are covered in mud (which is as often as they can manage it.)

They live in East Andover, only a few miles from Potter Place where the Andover drive is based.  They have a very small farm with three dogs, nine chickens and the two horses, a Missouri Fox Trotter mare for Faith to ride and a retired Standardbred gelding for Don to drive.  They are both happily retired so they can devote time to their hobbies.

 

CONTACT Faith or Don Clendenen  

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Previous / recent GSCA Outing Hosts

 

Boo Martin hosted 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.

CONTACT BOO   bmartin@imartinassociates.com

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Connie and Rick Moses hosted Andover, NH/Potter Place Rail Trail Outing 

Horse Carriage pair, Connie M. GSCACurrently 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 drove their pair, sometimes in a tandem hitch, at many 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 she enjoys photography and playing pickleball. Her other furry friends include a cat and a wonderful English Setter named Peaches.

Connie driving Gilford and Glendale in Acadia National Park, ME

 

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Sonja and Bob C. hosted Chocorua, NH
"Look to the Mountain" camping venue for 18 years

 

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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Cresca A. hosted the Hancock, NH Labor Day Outing

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Sweet Pea

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

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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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