ABOUT US

Old time line drawing woman horseback rider behind man horse cart driver granite state carriage horse club logo

GRANITE STATE CARRIAGE ASSOCIATION
Recreational carriage driving and horseback riding in New England

Our purpose is family fun with horses



MISSION STATEMENT:
“The purpose of The Granite State Carriage Association shall be pleasure driving,
with emphasis on the understanding and practice of driving or riding equines safely
through a regular program of activities.”
GRANITE STATE CARRIAGE ASSOCIATION BYLAWS

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Activities of Granite State Carriage Members

Annual Fundraiser Auction Table New Hampshire 2023 photo granite state carriage
BarnSocialHorseClubDriversRidersOuting granitestatecarriage
Art closeup of newborn foal with arabian mother mare nuzzling its tail granite state carriage
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CarriagePairMeetsRidingHorsesAndoverNH granitestatecarriage
SleighHorseStellaNHchroniclegranitestatecarriage
Child's hunter in action, gray pony in deeper grass, black hunt jacket, artwork granite state carriage
Carriage_RidingClubMembersDinner2023 granitestatecarriage
Child Learns Jumping Her Backyard Horse granitestatecarriage
Artwork closeup bay horse head with girl's face watching it lovingly granite state carriage
Auction Table Horse Social Club Fundraiser 2023 Granite State Carriage
Cutie white Pony of Member of granite state carriage
GSCA Group of Horse Lovers Social Autumn Potluck photo granite state carriage
Halflinger Mare with newborn foal lying in hay Frake artwork granite state carriage
Ground Driving Horse In Training Member photo granite state carriage
Drivers and Riders Camping With Horses Chocorua NH photo granite state carriage
Harness Fitting Demo Clinic Chichester NH GSCA photo
Artwork closeup young woman holds horse's cheek, light brown horse with face blaze granite state carriage
GSCA Club Social Potluck, Canterbury NH granite state carriage photo
Equine Buddies rub noses At GSCA Horse Club Outing, Andover NH photo
Horse Riding and Driving Equine Fun at Profile Falls Bristol NH photo
Horses In Horse Trailer Rail Trail Outing, Auburn NH photo granite state carriage
Expressive artwork of two horses' heads side by side closeup granite state carriage
Dressed Up Little Girls Picnic With Pony Carriage Driving Club granite state carriage assoc. photo
Just For Fun Horse Trail Rider Tower Hill Pond Auburn NH photo granite state carriage
Cart driver dark palomino horse close view Frake artwork granite state carriage
GSCA Kids Start Early With Horses photo granite state carriage
Miniature Horse Cart Driving at GSCA Club Outing photo granite state carriage Assoc.
Meach Cove VT Horse Camping Fun Venue for granite state carriage assoc. photo
Horses Watch Pasturemate Training Long Lining photo granite state carriage
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PleasureHorseGroundDrivingClinicChichesterNHgranitestatecarriage
Girl's face with eyes closed hugging her appaloosa mare's head granite state carriage
SkiJoringBackyardMiniatureHorseFunRecreationClubgranitestatecarriage
RecreationalOrganizationHorsesFallOutingAuburnNHgranitestatecarriage
NorthernRailTrailAndoverNHHorseOrgOutinggranitestatecarriage
NHChronicleFilmedHorseClubFriendsSleighOutingLebanonNHgranitestatecarriage
SociableEquineClubMembersPotluckCanterburyNHgranitestatecarriage
Fjord mare nuzzles foal, dark green background artwork granite state carriage
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Annual Members Fundraiser auction table, Concord NH 2023
Barn social for GSCA members after Sleigh Fun Outing, Lebanon NH
The Future belongs to those who Believe in their Dreams
NH viewed from Hartland VT, GSCA horse camping Outing
Carriage pair meets riding horses, Rail Trail, Andover NH
Sleigh horse Stella seen in NH Chronicle, Lebanon NH
If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but Never the Goal
Carriage and riding club GSCA Members' Dinner, 2023
Child learns jumping her backyard horse, club member
IF you can Imagine it, you can Achieve it
Auction table for GSCA Members Dinner Fundraiser 2022
Super cute pony belonging to club member
GSCA social group of horse lovers autumn potluck
Either you run the day, or the day runs You
Ground driving horse In training, club member
Camping with horses, drivers and riders, Chocorua NH
Harness fitting demo clinic, Chichester NH GSCA
Best Things Happen when least expected
GSCA club social potluck, Canterbury NH
Equine buddies at GSCA horse club Outing, Andover NH
Horse riding and driving, equine fun at Profile Falls, Bristol NH
Horses pals in horse trailer at GSCA Outing in NH
Live like someone left the Gate Open…
Festive llttle girls picnic with pony, carriage driving club members
Just for fun horse trail rider, Tower Hill Pond, Auburn NH
The secret to getting ahead is getting Started
GSCA kids start early loving horses!
Miniature horse cart driving at GSCA club Outing
Horse camping club fun venue, Meach Cove, Shelburne VT
Horses watch pasturemate training, long lining
Teaching child horseback riding on lungeline, club member
Pleasure horse ground driving clinic, Chichester NH
Live well, Love much, Laugh often
Ski joring, backyard miniature horse fun, GSCA club
Recreational organization horses fall Outing, Auburn NH
Northern Rail Trail horse org. Outing, Andover NH
NH Chronicle filmed GSCA horse club friends sleigh Outing, Lebanon NH
GSCA equine club members at Cocktails and Carriages social, Canterbury NH
If you are lucky enough to be Different from everyone else… Don’t change
Sleighing dog filmed by NH Chronicle, Lebanon NH 2024
Young girl loves on pony, member of fun horse club GSCA
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Annual Members Fundraiser auction table, Concord NH 2023
Barn social for GSCA members after Sleigh Fun Outing, Lebanon NH
motivational horse artwork
NH viewed from Hartland VT, GSCA horse camping Outing
Carriage pair meets riding horses, Rail Trail, Andover NH
Sleigh horse Stella seen in NH Chronicle, Lebanon NH
Childs Hunter Pony dashing through grass Frake artwork
Carriage and riding club GSCA Members' Dinner, 2023
Child learns jumping her backyard horse, club member
Motivational art
Auction table for GSCA Members Dinner Fundraiser 2022
Super cute pony belonging to club member
GSCA social group of horse lovers autumn potluck
Halflinger Mare Newborn Foal Frake artwork
Ground driving horse In training, club member
Camping with horses, drivers and riders, Chocorua NH
Harness fitting demo clinic, Chichester NH GSCA
Motivational artwork
GSCA club social potluck, Canterbury NH
Equine buddies at GSCA horse club Outing, Andover NH
Horse riding and driving, equine fun at Profile Falls, Bristol NH
Horses pals in horse trailer at GSCA Outing in NH
Motivational artwork
Festive llttle girls picnic with pony, carriage driving club members
Just for fun horse trail rider, Tower Hill Pond, Auburn NH
Horse Cart Driver Halflinger running Frake artwork
GSCA kids start early loving horses!
Miniature horse cart driving at GSCA club Outing
Horse camping club fun venue, Meach Cove, Shelburne VT
Horses watch pasturemate training, long lining
Teaching child horseback riding on lungeline, club member
Pleasure horse ground driving clinic, Chichester NH
artwork closeup, young lady hugs cheek of appaloosa horse
Ski joring, backyard miniature horse fun, GSCA club
Recreational organization horses fall Outing, Auburn NH
Northern Rail Trail horse org. Outing, Andover NH
NH Chronicle filmed GSCA horse club friends sleigh Outing, Lebanon NH
GSCA equine club members at Cocktails and Carriages social, Canterbury NH
Fjord pair golden mare and foal artwork, green background
Sleighing dog filmed by NH Chronicle, Lebanon NH 2024
Young girl loves on pony, member of fun horse club GSCA
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This weekend was one of the best driving experiences I’ve ever had….
I am usually trailering off to competitions, but this wonderful low key opportunity to drive in such outstanding country was so special. I am grateful to every one who made it possible! Thank you all so much! I look forward to seeing my GSCA friends at more recreational drives in the future! “

Posted to GSCA Facebook Group by K.C., 5/30/2023

Driving and riding horses campsite in Chocorua NH, mountains in background, photo granite state carriage

OUR POPULAR HORSE CAMPING
VENUE IN CHOCORUA, NH
Horse club members hold yearly fun social dinner and auction









FRIENDLY SOCIAL GET-TOGETHERS

Snow fun with riding horse, miniature pony pulling ski-jorer, walking lady beside, GSCA fun horse club.











EXPLORING WOODS,
RURAL ROADS & TRAILS

Horse camping family with mom sitting on horse, child on pony, and dad standing carrying younger child on his shoulders









FAMILY FUN WITH HORSES

Happy face of young girl in seat of pony cart, mini horse pulling, rarilroad station museum in background.

YOUTH ARE THE FUTURE
OF EQUINE ACTIVITIES



Ginger Laplante, Lifetime Member, awarded
New Hampshire Horse Council Horseperson of the Year for 2024

Distinguished-appearing, smiling Lady driving antique carriage from "whip" (right) seat with hubby on her left in "groom" seat, and his arm around her shoulders.
Ginger and John driving their carriage horse, at Newbury NH GSCA camping Outing

In recognition of her outstanding lifetime of contributions to our state’s equestrian community, the New Hampshire Horse Council is pleased to recognize Virginia “Ginger” LaPlante as its New Hampshire 2024 Horse Person of the Year.

For over six decades, Virginia “Ginger” LaPlante has been a dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of equestrian activities in the Granite State. An active equine enthusiast since taking her first English riding lessons at a New York stable in childhood, Ginger brought her love of all things horse, including trail riding, gymkhana, and carriage driving to her Canterbrook Farm in Canterbury, NH.

For many years, Canterbrook Farm hosted horse shows, trail rides, and carriage drives; it was also one of the first facilities in the state to allow horse camping, and both Derry Trail Riders and New Hampshire Horse and Trail Association have hosted day and weekend rides there.

In the late 1970’s, Ginger became one of the founders of the Granite State Carriage Association (GSCA) and for many years hosted rides and drives at her farm. Today, she continues to be involved in leading the GSCA, edits their newsletters, and functions as the club historian. She was also an active member of the Tall Pines Riding Club in Northfield.


Special Recognition
to GSCA LIFETIME MEMBERS

Virginia “Ginger” Laplante
(the late) Sonja Cahill
(the late) Bob Cahill
(the late) Barbara Hurld 


GSCA ARTISTS

These artists below have given generously of their time and creativity as seen on our website. The GSCA is very grateful and honored to enjoy such wonderful visuals when we look at our pages!

Barbara Frake, Frake Fine Art, portrait
artist and horsewoman

Painting of golden bay horse in pasture next to rail fence, trees and bushes in background, GSCA.
Fine art horse portrait painting by
Barbara Frake

Most of the lovely visuals at the top of our pages were generously offered by Barbara Frake, who creates such paintings for her clients. See more of Barbara’s works at Frake Fine Art.

Connie Moses, graphic and fine artist
and horsewoman

Artwork of heads of two horses, gray on left and palomino with blaze on right, muzzles close together. GSCA.
Custom portrait painting of horses
by Connie Moses

Connie’s background in graphic and fine arts led to her involvement in designing the first GSCA proprietary website in 2012, with the help of Sonja Cahill and Stephenie M., and more recently building an all-new website in 2024. Connie also wrote and art-directed the GSCA brochure, and has served as website Admin since 2012.

Heather West, graphic and fine artist
and horsewoman

Artwork closeup of sprightly bay carriage horse in harness, white background.,GSCA
GSCA brochure artwork painted by Heather West

Our GSCA brochure, first printed in October 2012, was designed and produced by Heather. Her creative graphic design skills are showcased in the brochure.


CAHILL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Starting in March 2023, the M.V.P. Award on the GSCA election ballot was re-named the Cahill Sportsmanship Award.

Sonja and Bob Cahill at Chocorua GSCA Outing in NH which they founded, lifetime members of granite state carriage
Sonja and Bob Cahill at
Chocorua, NH, their GSCA camping Outing


The Cahill Award recipient will be a GSCA member, chosen annually by GSCA membership to honor the memories of Sonja and Bob Cahill, who founded, hosted, and supported several GSCA Outings during their 32 years of dedication to the GSCA, 1989 – 2021.

Drives/camping Outings originated and hosted by Sonja and Bob were the Shelburne VT camping Outing, Chocorua “Look to the Mountain” Camping Outing, Northeast Kingdom Camping in Danville VT which ran for several years, alsoalso a Greenfield NH camping Outing. Sonja served the club in each officer capacity and mentored, advised, and assisted the Board as a Senior Advisor and Lifetime Member.

Bob was frequently an Auction assistant at the GSCA’s Annual Dinner FUNd-raiser, where his antics kept everyone laughing! Together they were dedicated to promoting and advancing the GSCA and carriage driving, encouraging new members and safe practices, and maintaining their sense of humor and fun. “Good Sports” both!

2021 Remembering Sonja Cahill (.pdf)

2022 Bob Cahill Memoriam.pdf (.pdf)

CAHILL SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Honorees:

2023: Leslie Baxter

Leslie drives her lovely dark bay Morgan mare put to a road cart in 2022, honored member of granite state carriage
Leslie shows off Holly Go Lightly, her fine Morgan mare


ELLEN K. FLATLEY AWARD

The Granite State Carriage Association lost an outstanding fellow horsewoman in the spring of 2023 — Ellen Flatley. In a quote from one of her dear friends: “What I loved most about Ellen was that she accepted me for who I was without judgment. We could talk about so much and be open and honest about our thoughts. If you needed her, she would have your back. She watched out for her friends and like me I’m sure those friends also miss her greatly.”

The Lakes Region became Ellen’s home after getting married. She had many interests, but she focused primarily on animals. She maintained an equine boarding facility in Gilmanton and spent time riding and driving her own horses as well as loving and caring for cats and dogs.

Ellen moved to Ashland in 1996, establishing Winterberry Farm with the love of her life, Dan Golden. They both enjoyed riding their horses in the area. She was involved in breeding a few foals for herself, carriage driving and trail riding. And she enjoyed taking her certified therapy dog Buster to nursing home visits, as well as being involved in dog agility training with her dog Bailey.

Lovely woman sitting at desk smiling, wearing cap, donator of Award fund offered by GSCA family horse club
Ellen Flatley left a bequeath to GSCA

To quote another of Ellen’s dear friends “The loss of Ellen is devastating to so many of us… her sons and grandsons, countless friends and neighbors that she was always helping, along with the people in the nursing home that she visited every week with her little dog Buster.”

The notes I received from Ellen’s friends had me so wishing we had met somewhere down the trails. Another quote was “She had that dry witty sense of humor that would crack you up, and she would send the most ridiculously funny Gifs via text. I miss that humor.” With only a tiny glimpse into Ellen’s life from her dear friends, I am hoping you can see what a lovely spirit Ellen brought.

On her passing Ellen’s wish was for contributions to be sent to the Granite State Carriage Association. As well, Ellen bequeathed her own gift to the GSCA. In honor of this generous gift, we started the Ellen Kay Flatley Memorial Fund in 2023.

With guidance from the Membership, we will be giving back to our equine community through the fund, thus keeping Ellen’s memory alive for years to come

Leslie Baxter

Recipients of Ellen Kay Flatley Award

2023: UPREACH THERAPEUTIC
EQUESTRIAN CENTER,
Hooksett, NH

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