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PARTICIPATION FORMS and info: (download/view)
GSCA Membership Form 2015.pdf

GSCA Liability Release Form 2015-Adults.pdf

GSCA MINORS Liability Release Form 2015.pdf

GSCA_Bylaws2015.pdf           GSCA_Officers_Terms_2012.pdf

Carriage Association of America’s Driver Proficiency Program info.doc

GSCA Safety Tips.doc

See GSCA Calendar of Activities page for this year's dates... also join GSCA on Facebook for updates.

 
OUTING DETAILS--  GSCA outings, descriptions & Flyers by location:

Acadia ME  Meetups One and Two, Acadia National Park Stabling Outings
Andover NH  Rail Trail at Potter Place, Day Outing

Auburn NH  Seavey Memorial, Day Outing
Carver MA  Myles Standish State Forest Camping Outing, Drive/Ride
Chocorua NH  Look to the Mountain Camping Outing
Danville VT  Northeast Kingdom Outing  CANCELLED for 2015

Hancock NH Labor Day GSCA Camping Outing & BBQ Bash
Milton Mills NH Branch Hill Farm, Day Outing
Sanbornton NH  Pemi River Trail, Day Outing  NEW! (to come)
Shelburne VT  Shelburne Farms Mid-week Stabling Outing
Temple NH  Touchstone Farm Spring, Day Outing
PAST OUTINGS

 
Find Outing DATES for this year on GSCA Calendar! Check all downloads below for current year dates.

Spring Drive at Touchstone Farm, Temple, NH
 
NEW in 2015! A recreational Pleasure Drive (riders are welcome) with the Granite State Carriage Association. Sunday will feature a clearly marked, “Go at Your Own Pace” Pleasure Drive (5 to 7 miles) on the dirt roads which surround Touchstone Farm.
   A friendly competition with lots of cheering and silly prizes will follow as both GSCA members and non-members alike try their hand at some easy cones courses. A “Fun Play Day” for drivers of all ages and levels of experience. GSCA members may drive for free but are invited to make a tax deductible donation to Touchstone Farm to support its therapeutic driving & veterans’ programs.
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Ellet and Shirley Seavey Outing, Auburn, NH
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 (new in 2014)

Come explore twenty thousand acres of great driving and riding.  Miles and miles of fire roads, and many one-way campground roads.  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.

RESERVE ONLINE/CAMPGROUND INFO/DIRECTIONS-- http://www.reserveamerica.com/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32614

More information about Miles 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

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Look to the Mountain, Chocorua, NH
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!  
 
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Northeast Kingdom, Danville, VT
CANCELLED in 2015
 
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.   
 
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Annual GSCA Outing & BBQ, Hancock, NH
Come for one or all days and enjoy the lovely scenery
of the Monadnock Region!
   OVERNIGHT CAMPING AVAILABLE-- Fri-Sun nights, BBQ Sunday. 
Porta Potty will be on site – bring your own horse water.
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. 
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Acadia Meetup One & Acadia Meetup Two, Acadia National Park, ME
MAKE RESERVATIONS DIRECTLY with Carriages of Acadia
STARTING in 2016, two Meetup dates in Acadia when experienced GSCA folks will be present-- summer and early fall.
 
About 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.   
 
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Branch Hill Farm, Milton Mills, NH
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/ Meach Cove Drive/Ride, Shelburne, VT
4-5 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!  
 
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Andover NH Rail Trail Outing at Potter Place
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!
 
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GSCA PAST OUTINGS INFORMATION

Fall Foliage Outing, Hancock, NH
(PREVIOUS DRIVE)
 
The autumn leaves are always beautiful around Hancock NH. What better outing to end the season than camping in a lovely field flanked by colorful trees and picturesque ponds, and driving your carriage or riding on the quiet dirt roads around you! Hancock is a weekend outing enjoyed by many for its country setting.    

 
Mystery Drive-Ride, Canterbury, NH
(PREVIOUS DRIVE)
 
 Come and drive/ride Canterbury’s scenic country roads during May’s lovely spring weather. There will be 2 three mile loops which can be driven together as a figure eight if you wish, and an an eight mile loop with a “twist”. What’s a “twist”? That’s the mystery. Routes are a mixture of pavement and dirt.  
 
 
Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT
(PREVIOUS DRIVE)
 
 Twenty miles of scenic carriage roads, built in the 1880s by Frederick Billings, traverse the gentle slopes and historic woodlands of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. These trails crisscross the gentle forested slopes of Mount Tom, one of the oldest professionally managed woodlands in America. View the cool canopy of centuries-old hemlocks, beech and open-growth sugar maples to visit the Pogue, a 14-acre pond perched near the mountain summit. A beautiful .75 mile carriage trail encirlces the Pogue, creating scenic vistas against a backdrop of evergreens and hardwood trees in the middle of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.
  
Land's End Farm, Reading, VT
(PREVIOUS DRIVE)
 
 Join us for carriage driving in some of the most beautiful countryside Vermont has to offer! Land's End Farm is a great place to relax, have fun, and learn. Whether you're looking for weekly lessons or a clinic series, a romantic moonlight drive or a driving vacation, single or group events, let us know what you have in mind. The indoor arena and miles of scenic back roads ensure that there's always something new to do and see.    
 
Bonus Drive, Charlotte, VT
  • Held 2012-2013
  • Drive host Rick V.
  • Reserve on Shelburne Farms form
  • Directions provided at Shelburne Drive
(PREVIOUS DRIVE, held in conjunction with Shelburne Farms drive in 2012-2013)
 
An optional bonus drive in Charlotte was offered by a local club member and regular participant on this drive. He planned and laid out a gorgeous 14 mile drive that began about 10 miles from Shelburne Farms (trailering out of Shelburne) and wound through the Vermont countryside on lovely dirt roads and through two covered wooden bridges.
 
 
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