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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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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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