Corin, trail rider member of Granite State Carriage ClubCorin and Remy in Vermont 

 

Corin Brennan, Media/Facebook Tech Advisor & Website Admin 2012-2020

The first event I attended as a Granite State Carriage member was the 2012 “Look to the Mountain Outing” in Chocorua NH, and I knew that I had found a group that I would love being a part of. I have had horses throughout my entire life; I spent more of my childhood on horseback than I did on my own feet. Growing up on a horse farm in southern NH, I competed in a variety of riding disciplines (English, Western, Eventing, Dressage.) Trail riding has always been what I enjoy most.  

 

Denise Reed Gagnon, Former Director 

     

Hello my name is Denise Reed Gagnon. I live in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire  in Sanbornton NH. I'm married to a wonderful man his name is Greg and I have a grown daughter her name is Cynthia.

 
I was 7 when I got my first pinto pony "French Fry". I've owned horses ever since then. I grew up riding and while living at a foster home discovered driving horses. I fell in love with driving horses for a few years until I went to farrier college after high school.
 
After  owning and showing American  Paint Horses for over 20 years I rekindled my passion for driving horses again and have fallen in love with combined driving events. I'm excited to see where my journey will take me in 2019 and beyond.

 

Renee Wormell, Past Secretary    

Trail rider Renee Wormell, Secretary Granite State CarriageRenee trail riding her horse Rafl     

I am a NH native, attended Dover schools and graduated from UNH.  I retired in 2012 from a rewarding career as a paralegal, the last 22 years with the legal department of a local bank.  I am a life-long horse-lover, and these days particularly enjoy communing with nature on a woodsy trail, by a babbling brook.  However, I also school low level dressage and am a carriage driver "wanna-be". 

Bill and I raised two daughters, and several Arabian foals, in Northwood, NH over the past 40+ years.  We all competed in long-distance, competitive trail riding and local pleasure shows.  Bill and I also have a small farm in the foothills of western SC where we spend winters with our two border collies and two horses - my third generation, 18 year old Arabian, and Bill's 16 year old Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. Our favorite place to ride is Acadia!  In addition to the joys of riding, I am having great fun training and competing in rally obedience and agility with my young, happy-go-lucky dog, Camdyn.

 

Cresca Albright, past President, Host of Hancock NH outing

BioPixCrescaCresca and Sweet Pea Cresca has served the club for many years, including being past President. She has managed the Hancock outing for several years, where participants enjoy a lovely fall setting for camping, and rural dirt roads and railroad bed trails. Hancock features a notable "road cut" originally hand-dug for the train to pass to Sunapee Lake; now our drivers and riders get to pass through on the reclaimed railroad bed.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabella "Boo" Martin, past Director, Host of Touchstone Farm OutingGSCA Director 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.

 

Dave Herrick served as Director for 6 years

Dave Herrick, DirectorDave   Carriage pair Arena driving, Dave HerrickDave competing his Morgan pair

Dave and his wife Liz enjoy recreational driving with Rhythm and Concert, their Morgan pair, put to an Eagle Carriage. They first joined GSCA in 1990. Dave is also a board member of the New England Region of the Carriage Association of America, the CAA's oldest region.

 

Connie and Rick Moses, founders and original Hosts of Andover, NH/Potter Place Rail Trail Outing. Connie also served as Pres. and VP, and designed and helped start GSCA's website, also GSCA's Facebook Group.

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 drove their pair, sometimes in a tandem hitch, at many 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 she enjoys photography and playing pickleball. Her other furry friends have include cat over the years and a wonderful English Setter named Peaches.

Connie driving Gilford and Glendale in Acadia National Park, ME

 

Connie driving home-raised Gilford and Glendale
in Acadia National Park, ME

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonja and Bob Cahill, founders and Hosts of Chocorua, NH "Look to the Mountain" camping venue for 18 years. Founders and original Hosts of Shelburne Farms Outing, Sonja has also served in every GSCA office.

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."

   

Deb and Jim Hunt hosted the Northeast Kingdom Outing in Danville, VT

Deb on Kyrelle-smallDeb on KyrelleSaSadS Sadly due to fire at owner's home, the NEK outing was canceled in 2015. We hope a new venue may turn up in the area someday.

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.