CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES

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GRANITE STATE CARRIAGE ASSOCIATION
Recreational horse club for riders and drivers

2024 GSCA Calendar —–

Welcome NH Chronicle viewers!

(See our Sleighing/Fun Snow Day streaming on WMUR.com)

Welcome to GSCA’s 2024 Calendar of Outings!

This page is updated to reflect any changes to Outing information, and Flyers are also updated if changes occur, so check back as needed.

All Outing info will be posted to this Calendar as soon as available. CONTACT THE OUTING HOST with questions AND RSVP to HOST please. Track Outing updates on GSCA Facebook Group’s “Event” listings .

NOTE: Porta-Potties are only provided for MULTI-DAY Outings. Please plan accordingly.

Carriages please yield to ridden horses. All must use caution and safe practices.
Download GSCA Driving Safety Tips .pdf

If an Outing requires “REGISTRATION“, these steps are necessary:

  • Contact Outing Host well in advance about REGISTRATION
  • Join/renew GSCA for the current year using GSCA Membership Application Form (find forms on JOIN US page)
  • Send your completed Membership Application form plus Liability Release Form dated as of THIS year (find forms on JOIN US page) for EACH family member to Treasurer [ at ] granitestatecarriage.org
  • If you are already a CURRENT MEMBER, make sure the Treasurer has Liability Releases with THIS Year’s date for EACH family member.

Michael Prange Treasurer [at] GraniteStateCarriage.org

NOTE: Porta-Potties are only provided for MULTI-DAY Outings. Please plan accordingly.



A PRINTABLE / CLICKABLE CALENDAR IS LOCATED BELOW CALENDAR LISTINGS–

Please report any Website issues or questions to Admins:
cmoses [at] metrocast.net AND susan.malouin [at] gmail.com


ONE GSCA Family Membership includes all yearly Outings!!
Current GSCA members may drive, ride, be a carriage passenger, or
handle/harness/hitch/tack up an equine at any GSCA Outing
(per GSCA’s liability insurance requirements.)


Feb 11 — Sleigh/Snow Fun Day – Townsend Farm GSCA day Outing, Lebanon NH

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LEBANON NH – first held 2017
Carolyn Townsend — HOST cmtownsend2 [at] gmail.com

AND WHAT GREAT FUN IT WAS!!!

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April 7 (Sun) 11:30am – 3:30pm — Annual GSCA Members’ DINNER Meeting & famous FUNd-Raiser Auction, Manchester NH


THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL DINNER & AUCTION DREW BIGGEST CROWD YET, and raised more FUNDS to support more CLUB FUN!

~~ SO MUCH THANKS TO ALL BIDDERS AND DONATORS! ~~

MANCHESTER NH – first held 1978-ish
DINNER & ANNUAL GSCA MEMBERS’ MEETING + FUNd-Raiser Auction
Leslie Baxter — HOST lakevue100 [at] comcast.net
Puritan Back Room Restaurant
245 Hooksett Rd. Manchester NH (603) 669-6890

BEST SOCIAL EVER! – JOIN THE FUN NEXT YEAR, meet Members, & discover great deals!!

Early every year the GSCA holds our Annual Club Dinner Meeting and FUNd-Raising AUCTION. On the agenda are a tasty meal, a speaker or presentation, brief business meeting with Election results, 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! Come one– come all to our sociable Annual Dinner Meeting and FUNd-Raiser Auction, with bargains you won’t want to miss!
EVERYONE PLEASE BRING OR SEND DONATED ITEMS TO LESLIE — lakevue100 [at] comcast.net (tel # on Flyer)
SEE YOU AT OUR AUCTION — your Club’s ONLY FUNd-Raiser of the year!


May 4 alt. May 5 — Robin Groves Clinic GSCA day Outing, Townsend Farm, Lebanon NH


LEBANON NH
Carolyn Townsend – HOST cmtownsend2 [at] gmail.com

Granite State Carriage Association will be presenting a clinic with Robin Groves on May 4th at Townsend Farm in Lebanon, NH.

Competing at the advanced level, Robin is known for her expertise in helping all drivers and riders, beginners through veterans, improve their skills in all disciplines of driving, including pleasure, dressage and cones.

Private Lessons available at $75 per session. *
Auditors welcomed at No Cost.
Whether you ride or drive, don’t miss this opportunity.

* Please Reserve early, space is limited:
Contact HOST Carolyn Townsend regarding Clinic Participant Requirements:
Tel. # on Flyer — cmtownsend2 [at] gmail.com

REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN ADVANCE WITH OUTING HOST!





BRISTOL NH – started 2019
Leslie Baxter – HOST lakevue100 [at] comcast.net
* –— NEHT Affiliated —

Come join us for a spectacular drive/ride along the Smith and Pemigewasset Rivers at Profile Falls. An approximate 6+ mile out&back dirt road meanders through the woods and across brooks which feed into the two rivers that become the Merrimack River in Franklin.

The area is wonderfully maintained by The Army Corps of Engineers and NH Fish and Game. Along the way, you will view the rivers, open meadows and home sites of the former Old Hill Village, which was moved to higher ground after numerous floods.

Bridges safely cross the tributaries and you hear the babbling brooks and see many birds and sometimes deer. The drive will be a down and back with an excellent spot for turn around, totaling 12 miles (NEHT members note.)

Please RSVP in advance with OUTING HOST Leslie — Tel. # on Flyer or lakevue100 [at] comcast.net


June 22 — GSCA day Outing, Lyndeborough NH — NEW!


LYNDEBOROUGH NH – NEW!
Tammy Weatherbee – HOST sports4bees [at] aol.com

Come ride the lovely back roads of rural Lyndeborough, NH with us! This ride goes by three historical structures: the Town Pound (1774), the beautiful Town Hall (1845), and the Congregational Church (1837). You will also see breathtaking views of several mountains and the opportunity to see trailside cows.

There will be multiple distance opportunities with many places to turn around for those with smaller equines. The total mileage is 9 miles with 3-4 turnarounds. Some route options include terrain with a steep hill, paved areas, and a narrow Class V road.


June 28-30 REVISED DATES — Meach Cove/Shelburne #1 GSCA CAMPING Outing, Shelburne VT

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SHELBURNE VT #1 – started 1999, riders included since 2015
Jean Harvey – HOST jeanharvey [at] saltaccounting.com

Multi day Outing for Drivers (on Shelburne Farms grounds) and Riders and Drivers in Meach Cove and surrounds. It is the perfect place to ride your equine or drive a carriage in style!

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.

Shelburne Farms 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 and camping are available at Meach Cove. 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Please REGISTER IN ADVANCE WITH OUTING HOST Jean (tel. per flyer) or jeanharvey [at] saltaccounting.com


July 6 — Loudon Roads & Woodland Trails GSCA day Outing, Loudon NH


LOUDON NH – started 2019
Sandy Sims – HOST angelmeadowsfarm [at] myfairpoint.net
* –— NEHT Affiliated —

Enjoy the hilltop vista of surrounding towns, hills and valleys of our NH countryside. Distance offered is approx. 6 miles for driving and riding. Riders (or drivers) seeking more distance may do the route twice for 12.2 miles.

Drivers follow local dirt roads with minimal traffic, with only one small section of tar. You may choose to stay on the flat, smoother roads (out-and-back) or continue on to the unmaintained Class 6 woodland roads to complete a loop into Loudon and Canterbury woods and back. The woods road is rough but suitable for “sturdy” carriages and carts. The woodland road has many hills and will be an energetic challenge for horses and riders!

Bring your own lunch and/ or bring something to share with fellow horse people! We ask that you leave no trash, and spread any manure across the fields.


July 14 — GSCA Social & Pair-driving Clinic at Rocky Rest Stable, Chichester NH — NEW!

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CHICHESTER NH – NEW!
Melissa Every – HOST rockyreststable [at] gmail.com
CO-HOSTS & Demos – Don & Karen Gammon – ftpegasus [at] yahoo.com

EVER WONDER what it’s like to drive a pair? Maybe you have two horses who might be put together? Or have a second driving horse coming along?

Come have a great time to chat and learn about driving a pair of horses and how to get started with them. This will ALSO be a potluck lunch.  We’ll have hamburgers and hotdogs available, bring a salad, side or dessert for everyone to share!  

Melissa Every is hosting and demonstrating, together with long-time club members Karen and Don Gammon and their nice pair of haflingers.

Pair-Driving Clinic will run from 10am until 12 pm, with potluck lunch and social afterwards.

Please RSVP to OUTING HOST Melissa (tel. per flyer) by July 7!


July 18-21 — Look to the Mountain GSCA CAMPING Outing, Chocorua NH

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TAMWORTH/CHOCORUA NH – since 2000
Leah Valladares – HOST leahvalladares [at] yahoo.com

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

NOTE – land owner requires all horses be vaccinated for West Nile Virus.
NOTE – no day trips on Thursday or Sunday
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED— Participants are limited to 25.
PLEASE CONTACT HOST Leah (tel. per flyer) or leahvalladares [at] yahoo.com


August 10 alt. 17 — Andover Potter Place GSCA day Outing, Andover NH


ANDOVER, NH – started 2014
Faith and Don Clendenen – HOSTS fclen [at] tds.net

TWO directions out on the Northern Rail Trail, including some loops! Trot out for miles on perfect footing! Amble along quiet byways near ponds and brooks.

Something for everyone, come join us for carriage fun, or ride your horse! Enjoy this newly-reconstructed section of the Rail Trail plus additional quiet rural backroads to drive or ride if desired, plus mountain trails for riders to explore! Routes will be out and back.

Your opportunity for carriaging on the Rail Trail (usually gated) is by state permission, per permit arrangement with NH Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

Rail Trail is level with well-maintained stone dust footing. Rail Trail width is well suited for carriages, with long sight-lines and wider areas/pullouts to pass another carriage. Other users of Trail are joggers, bicyclists, walkers with dogs and horseback riders.

PLEASE RSVP TO HOST– Faith Clendenen – fclen [at] tds.net (or tel. per flyer)
OR INDICATE “GOING” on our Facebook group event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/


August 24 (Sat) alt. 25 — Sullivan’s Valley GSCA day Outing, Thornton NH – NEW!


THORNTON NH
Terry Penny – HOST TerryAnnePenny [at] gmail.com

NEW! Sullivan’s Valley is a pleasant area made up of several wide, wooded, dirt town roads. There is a large and a small meadow that is located on home owners’ association property that can be used for parking. Only a handful of year round residents, so even though the roads are public, there is very light traffic! Lovely foliage could be possible!

The route will wind through 8 miles of wooded, wide dirt roads. There are some hills, and some of the roads can be rocky, so if your horse has sensitive feet you may want to put boots on them. It is late in the season so good news, will be NO BUGS!!

Very beautiful and quiet drive/ride!

Please contact the OUTING HOST Terry Penny (per flyer) for any Outing-related questions, and RSVP TO TERRY or INDICATE “GOING” on GSCA Facebook Group event Notice!


August 30 – Sept 2 — Hearth House Farm GSCA CAMPING Outing, Hartland VT – NEW!


HARTLAND VT
Jean Harvey – HOST jeanharvey [at] saltaccounting.com

NEW! Multi-day Drive-Ride camping outing at Jean Harvey’s Hearth House Farm in Hartland VT. Enjoy driving/riding on dirt roads, limited trails and fields. Primitive camping (bring your own paddock) and porta potty provided. Mt. Ascutney and Mt. Tom’s horse trails are just a short trailering away.

Hearth House Airbnb on premises – first come first serve.
Reserve a room at  https://air.tl/9vGyyC7f

Please contact the OUTING HOST Jean Harvey (per flyer) for any Outing-related questions.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED WITH HOST WELL IN ADVANCE!



LOUDON NH
Sandy Sims and Dennis Faugno – HOSTS angelmeadowsfarm [at] myfairpoint.net

NEW! Sanborn Mills Farm is an old farming community from years gone by and is still a working farm today. The old buildings are modernized, beautifully updated and maintained for local events and farm to table dining, while the saw mill and grist mills still function on water power as they did 200 years ago. The majority of the land is in conservation and will never be developed. 

The drive/ride will cover some of the property with some loops, several down and backs, and you will get to enjoy the beauty of this part of New Hampshire. 

Please contact the OUTING HOST Sandy (Sandra) Sims (per flyer) for any Outing-related questions, and ALL MUST RSVP TO Sandy: angelmeadowsfarm [at] myfairpoint.net


Sept 13-16 — Meach Cove/Shelburne #2 GSCA CAMPING Outing, Shelburne VT


SHELBURNE VT #2 – first held 1999
Jean Harvey – HOST jeanharvey [at] saltaccounting.com

This year’s SECOND Shelburne Multi day Outing for Drivers (on Shelburne Farms grounds) and Riders and Drivers 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.

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 and camping available at Meach Cove.  

REGISTER REQUIRED WELL IN ADVANCE WITH OUTING HOST!


October 12 alt. 13 — MWW/Tower Hill Pond GSCA day Outing, Auburn NH


AUBURN NH – started 2008
Leslie Baxter – HOST lakevue100 [at] comcast.net

The Manchester Water Works 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.

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 or clear it off the trail.

GSCA Hosts have provided manure cleanup on MWW trails since the beginning of this Outing.


October 19 — Mason Rail Trail GSCA day Outing, Mason NH


MASON NH
Dot Rourke – HOST dotrourke [at] hotmail.com

NEW HOST! Enjoy the peace and quiet of the Mason Rail Trail, nestled among the forest trees of Mason. No houses – go as far as you like before turning back.

For drivers, there are a couple of dirt road crossings with a distance of 9 – 11 miles out and back. For riders there are a few road crossings, a small bridge crossing and water at Pratt Pond. The cart path through Russell-Abbott State Forest is a hidden gem and allows riders the ability to come back a slightly different way.

REGISTRATION TO HOST IS REQUIRED due to horse limit.


Nov. 2 — Bear Brook –
. . . . . . Cancellation. . . . . . .


SORRY CANCELLED DUE TO CONFLICT. See you here in 2025!

ALLENSTOWN NH, Bear Brook State Park was cancelled due to conflict with other Park activities. Sorry for any inconvenience.
This GSCA Outing will return next year!


Enjoy riding or driving at Bear Brook State Park, the largest developed state park in NH at over 10,000 acres.

Drivers will enjoy two different loops while riders will have those two loops plus another loop to choose from. Enjoy going past marshes, bogs, and ponds and hearing/seeing the wildlife.

~ Please NOTE: there is a $4 per person entrance fee for the park. ~

* –— NEHT Affiliated — means can be counted towards NEHT mileage


GSCA 2024 ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE below — Copy for printing.
When converted to .pdf format, this list is clickable!
NOTE: LIST WILL UPDATE WHEN CHANGES ARE MADE TO ABOVE.


NOTE: Participants’ horses must keep to recommended &/or marked routes.


Join GSCA Members in these FUN Outings with horses!

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CONTACT GSCA: info [at] granitestatecarriage.org


Friends and Partners Activities (RUN by and managed by separate entities, NOT under GSCA’s auspices)

Notices of Friends & Partners activities will appear here

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