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

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED  means :

  • must be a current GSCA member, dues paid before time of the outing
  • include completed/signed liability forms
  • copies of current Negative Coggins (at time of outing)
  • copies of any other current horse papers required for that outing
  • must be supplied to designated person a week in advance of outing date (via Email or postal mail)

 

Downloadable forms:

GSCA Membership/Renewal Application

GSCA Liability Release - ADULTs

GSCA Liability Release - MINORs

Information-- GSCA Driving Safety Tips

 

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GSCA OUTINGS listed by location--  click location for descriptions & Flyers below:

Annual Dinner Meeting and FUNdraising Auction
Acadia ME  Meet-ups of members, Acadia National Park Maine, Camping with Stabling
Andover NH Rail Trail at Potter Place Day Outing

Auburn NH  Seavey Memorial Day Outing
Carver MA  Myles Standish State Forest Meet-up, Camping Outing
Chocorua NH  Look to the Mountain Camping Outing
Lebanon NH   Sleigh Day  NEW in 2017!

Milton Mills NH Branch Hill Farm Day Outing  
Sanbornton NH Pemi River Trail Day Outing
Shelburne VT  Shelburne Farms/Meach Cove Mid-week Stabling Outing
Temple NH  Touchstone Farm Spring Fling Day Outing

 
See GSCA Calendar of Activities for dates... Check all downloads below for current year's date.

 

GSCA Annual
Dinner Meeting and FUNd-raising Auction

held at various locations each year

2018 Annual Meeting Flyer & Registration Form (.pdf)

 

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for date)

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! 

PLEASE BRING DONATION ITEMS as this is GSCA's only fundraising event!

 

Day Outing at Touchstone Farm, Temple, NH
since 2015
 
  • Drive-Ride Flyer (.pdf)
  • Fact Sheet (.pdf)
  • Directions 
    GPS
    848 Webster Highway, Temple NH
  • GSCA Liability Release Forms above, Touchstone Farm Release also required onsite

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for date)

STARTED in 2015. A recreational Pleasure Drive/Ride with the Granite State Carriage Association. Featuring a clearly marked, "Go at Your Own Pace" pleasure drive/ride, 3 options ranging from 4 to 8 miles on the dirt roads and some tar which surrounds Touchstone Farm. 

Four mile track with almost all dirt road and little traffic. 6 mile route with lovely views and dirt roads. Also an 8 mile route which would go by a fun real live country store complete with drinks, snacks, food and all other good things! This route does entail going down a two lane roadway that has traffic so this is not recommended for inexperienced drivers or horses!

Arrival any time after 9:30 on Saturday morning. Directional signs, parking in big field below the main barn and riding rings, plenty of turnaround space. The drive itself will start from this field after a Safety Check.

Bring own picnic lunch and socialize in an antique/historic farm house - drinks and dessert provided. Following drive, visit newly-renovated Homestead for lunch. It has been the Stage Coach stop between Boston and Montreal, a country farm, a family home and now a business. Started in 1754. Farm has special focus on veterans' programming with Mass. General Hospital, Harvard Med. School and Home Base of the Boston Red Sox.

I URGE< BEG< PLEAD that people let me know directly if they are coming or if they might come. However if you do want to come and the drive has been cancelled for rain, feel free to drive on the roads. It is lovely driving here and we always welcome drivers and riders!!!

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RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED.

 
 
Seavey/Water Works Day Outing, Auburn, NH
since 2008 

 
Eric and Linda Wilking 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.    
 
 

Myles Standish State Forest, Drive and Ride Camping MEET-UP
since 2014

  • Drive-Ride Flyer (.pdf)
  • Fact Sheet (.pdf)
  • GSCA Liability Release Forms above
 
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED-- Camping reservations can be made at: Reserve America
 
("MEETUPS" NOT run by club hosts, NOT covered by GSCA liability insurance.)
 
Come explore twenty thousand acres of great driving and riding.  Miles and miles of fire roads, and many one-way campground roads. MORE ROUTES available each year. Some outer boundary trails are a little sandy and stony, but there are miles and miles of grassy trails, also roads.
  
No motor vehicles are allowed on the trails or fire roads.  You may encounter an occasional gate to go around, for riders. The bugs typically are not bad.
 
Horse Camping (Charge Pond Area C) accommodates all size rigs but for those who have a camper larger than 30', reserve one of the outer sites which tend to be larger than those in the middle of area C. Plenty of trees for highlines or bring your own paddock. There are some water faucets scattered among the sites.

More information about Myles Standish State Forest can be found on their web site,  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/myles-standish-state-forest.html
 
 

Look to the Mountain Drive and Ride Camping Outing, Chocorua, NH
since 2000 

 
*** PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED -
send all paperwork (liability and copies of required coggins and west nile papers) to  or cindy schlener, 147 Williamsville Rd., Hubbardston MA 01452. If sent by USPS, please include a contact method. Cindy will reply to all preregistrations to validate receipt. Please send all required forms together. All forms must be received by Cindy no later than July 14th.
 
PLEASE !!! DO NOT ATTEND if you did not preregister. 
 
 
Members can ride and drive miles of scenic Chocorua and Tamworth dirt/gravel roads. Follow the shady brook trail and enjoy great riding through Hemenway State Forest. 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!  
 
For detailed map of surrounding dirt roads and trails including Sandwich Wilderness area go to the Wonalancet Outdoor club -  http://www.wodc.org/map.htm
 
Another good road/trail map to look at is http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/maps/topo/documents/Topo_076SE.pdf . 
This is a free trail map of Hemenway state forest including the trails to get to the fire tower!
 
 

Acadia MEET-UPS
ONE, TWO, and THREE
(Drive and Ride, Camping)
Acadia National Park, ME
First held 1988

 
ADVANCE STABLING RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED-- MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY IN YEAR, directly with Carriages of Acadia.

In 2018, we offer three GSCA "MEETUP" dates in Acadia when experienced GSCA folks will be present ("MEETUPS" NOT run by club hosts, NOT covered by GSCA liability insurance.)
GSCA's Acadia Meetup ONE in June, with Cindy Perkey on site at Wildwood Stables to advise and assist folks visiting the carriage roads and area.
GSCA’s Acadia Meetup TWO in September. Experienced driving GSCA members Connie and Rick Moses will be available to advise and assist folks visiting the carriage roads and area. The Moses’ have been going to Acadia almost 25 years with horses, the last 15 or so with driving horses. It may not be too late to get stall reservations, or visit for a day trip! See you there!
GSCA’s Acadia Meetup THREE in October. Experienced driving GSCA members Eric and Linda Wilking will be available to advise and assist folks visiting the carriage roads and area. Due to lateness of the season, the Wilkings will likely be staying offsite (not camping at Wildwood.) Pre-arrangements should be made with them if you are seeking advice or assistance.
 
Over 50 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.   
 
Branch Hill Farm Day Outing, Milton Mills, NH
since 2008 

 
Ride or drive the beautiful dirt and grass roads/cart paths of Branch Hill Farm along the Salmon Falls River.
 
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."
 
Shelburne Farms/ Meach Cove, Drive and Ride Camping Outing, Shelburne, VT
since 1999-- including Riders since 2015
 
***PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
See Reservation Form
 
 
4-6 day Outing for Drivers (on Shelburne Farms grounds) and Riders in Meach Cove and surrounds.
   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.On-site stabling is offered for a fee.
   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.
   Meach Cove Farms adjacent to Shelburne is a similar estate with dirt roads, farm fields and trails along the big lake. Stabling is available at Meach Cove.
If this sounds like the perfect place to drive a carriage in style, it is! 
 
 
Andover NH Rail Trail
Day Outing at Potter Place
since 2014

 
Started in 2014 - two directions out on rail trail since 2016!
Trot out for miles on perfect footing! Amble along quiet byways near ponds. Something for everyone, come join us for carriage fun, or ride your horse! Your opportunity for carriaging on Rail Trail (usually gated) with state permit, per arrangement with Dept. of Resources and Economic Development. Enjoy newly-constructed section of Northern Rail Trail plus additional quiet rural backroads if desired, drive or ride!

 

Routes will be out and back. Distance options-- up to 12 miles loop-out route for carriages includes dirt and tar roads in quiet neighborhoods. No Highway crossings on carriagae route.

Riders can go either direction on Rail Trail, and up to 16 miles including loop-out in one direction. One well-marked highway crossing (both ways) on this route.

Rail Trail is level with well-maintained stone dust footing. Rail Trail width is well suited for carriages, 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 caboose are adjacent to staging area, with permanent porta-potty for the public.

 

Pemi River Trail, Day Outing, Sanbornton NH
 since 2016

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for dates)

*** PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED -
send all paperwork to  or laurie graham, 170 Knox Mountain Rd., Sanbornton NH 03269. If sent by USPS, please include a contact method. 
 
PLEASE !!! DO NOT ATTEND if you did not preregister. 
 

Ride and drive the road less traveled on the Army Corps of Engineers trail along the Pemigewasset River floodplain, the Sanbornton side of the famous Hill Village. Gates usually closed to wheeled vehicles will be opened for a unique opportunity to drive this secluded trail. This trail has a short steep road in but once in the flood plain it is quite flat. The river/floodplain trail is road-wide and is dirt, sandy, and in places with some gravel on top, depending on the repair conditions. In spring this area is flooded and under 10-20 feet of water; be sure to look up into the treetops where you’ll see large logs wedged horizontally, where they settled as the flooding subsided.Mileage offered 6-12 miles total:
The river trail is 3 miles in to the old Sanbornton Bridge Abutments; it ends for carriages when it becomes private property beyond the bridge abutments. In the old days you could continue on to New Hampton and Bristol. Stop to enjoy the view, then turn around to drive back the same way.
   Riders may continue across the bridge, follow a woods trail up & connect with Knox Mountain Road; then follow Knox Mountain Road to turn right at Bennett’s Ferry Road to return to the Town Park. This is a 3 hour loop (green/pink) at the walk.
   An extended route along tree-lined dirt backroads of Sanbornton can add another 6 miles to your excursion, passing some of the most historic and lovely properties, farms and old cemeteries of town. The ghosts of Sanbornton will appreciate hearing again the clip clop and cart sounds of its not-so-distant past. This route has a few long steep inclines/declines so your horse’s fitness should be considered.Services:
Bring a picnic lunch and refreshment, some water and desserts will be provided.


Sleigh Day, Lebanon NH
First Held 2017
Outing Host - Carolyn Townsend


Sleigh Day Flyer (.pdf)

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for dates)

***PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

CONTACT-- Carolyn Townsend (see Sleigh Day Flyer).  Please let Carolyn know ASAP if you will be coming. Her snowmobile friends will be packing the wide trails.

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.And there is plenty of easy trailer parking too!!
A fire and hot dogs will be fun.

GSCA Planning Meeting,
 location = TBD

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for date)

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. The most recent planning meeting was 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!