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.)

See current GSCA Calendar of Activities for this year's Drive/Ride Outings, Meetings, and other activities. 

MEET HOSTS for these GSCA Outings:

Andover NH  Rail Trail  
Auburn NH  Seavey Memorial/Manchester Water Works Outing
Bristol NH/Profile Falls  cohosts Leslie Baxter and Sandy Sims  
Chocorua NH  Look to the Mountain  hosted by Leah Valladares
Lebanon NH   Sleigh Days hosted by Carolyn Townsend
Loudon NH   Loudon Roads and Woodland Trails  
Milton Mills NH  Branch Hill Farm
Randoph NH  cohosts Michael Prange and Deb & Neil Harvey
Shelburne VT  Shelburne Farms Mid-week Drive
Sanbornton NH  Pemi River Trail
Warner NH Snow Games

MEET Advisors for these GSCA Meet-ups: 

Carver/Plymouth MA Myles Standish State Forest Drive/Ride Meetup


MEET  Former Hosts and Officers  .


Linda and Eric Wilking cohost 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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 Cindy Schlener hosts the Branch Hill Outing in Milton Mills, NH and
Myles Standish State Forest Camping Outing in Carver, MA

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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.

CONTACT Cindy Schlener     

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 Denise Reed-Gagnon hosts the Snow Games Day Outing in Warner, NH     

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.

CONTACT Denise Reed Gagnon    

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 Leslie Baxter hosts the Profile Falls Day Outing in Bristol, NH    

I live in Manchester NH and have a small herd of Morgan mares.  A 28 year old mare Tiffany and her two lovely daughters  Most people may know Miss Who aka Holly Golightly from our many trail drives .  I also drive her sister Kate as well. I love to encourage folks to try Carriage driving and will promote safety and fun where ever the road takes me.

CONTACT Leslie Baxter    

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 Sandy Sims hosts the Scenic Loudon Roads
and Woodland Trails Outing

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My husband Dennis and I live in Loudon, NH and have a small farm on 6 acres. I am an UNH graduate in Animal Science and have a Diploma in Nursing from Concord Hospital where I worked for 35 years in Critical Care. I have been “horse crazy” my whole life but was only able to get my first horse as an adult, a wonderful 3 year old standardbred OTT mare. She taught me to drive and I taught her to ride! She became an excellent trail horse and XC jumper. We did everything together and she lived to be just shy of 34 years. A second horse, an 11 month filly joined my family and became an everything horse also:  trails, hunter jumper, eventing, dressage and driving. She will be 28 in June. I bought a 4 year old Dutch Harness horse in June 2016 who I ride and drive.

I have been active in many sports throughout my life and enjoy an active outdoor life style. I am on the Loudon Conservation Commission which actively seeks to preserve open land and forests and a new member of The Abbott Downing Historical Society. I volunteer at The Live And Let Live Farm animal rescue in Chichester, NH. Our home is in the country surrounded by miles of dirt woods roads that are great to explore via horseback or carriage so we are truly enjoying our retirement years. With one year’s membership in GSCA we have met many great people who share our interests and look forward to more friendships in the coming years.


CONTACT Sandy Sims    

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Jean Harvey hosts the Shelburne Farms/Meach Cove, VT Drive 

Jean Harvey currently lives in and operates a horse farm in Enfield, NH. Horses have been a large part of her life 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.


Jean Harvey's driving pony Pixie, pony cart

Jean and her driving pony, Pixie


 2016 Pres. Jean

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 Laurie Graham hosts the Pemigewasset River Outing in Sanbornton, NH    

Having had to wait until I was an adult to bring horses back into my life, I missed out on the years of fairs, events, competitions and ribbons, but that doesn’t at all dampen my enthusiasm for everything horse. My three horses are home with me in Sanbornton, where we have hundreds of acres of wooded trails to explore right off the property. It is my pleasure to share this special location with the Sanbornton Pemigewasset Ride and Drive since 2016..

CONTACT Laurie Graham   

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 Faith and Don Clendenen host Andover, NH/Potter Place Rail Trail Outing

Don and Faith Clendenen moved to New Hampshire from California in 2007.  In 2011, Faith decided to do something she had always wanted to do and bought a horse.  Don was intrigued and came to enjoy the horse but did not want to ride so they decided to find a driving horse.  By some kind of divine Providence, they ended up with a pair of grays who are often a dirty brown whenever they are covered in mud (which is as often as they can manage it.)

They live in East Andover, only a few miles from Potter Place where the Andover drive is based.  They have a very small farm with three dogs, nine chickens and the two horses, a Missouri Fox Trotter mare for Faith to ride and a retired Standardbred gelding for Don to drive.  They are both happily retired so they can devote time to their hobbies.


CONTACT Faith or Don Clendenen    

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Michael Prange co-hosts the Presidential Rail Trail in Randolph, NH

Michael was introduced to trail riding in 1987 when he started dating Anne, now his wife of 33 years. Riding turned into a full-time passion in 2017 when they retired and moved to Shelburne, NH, into Anne’s childhood home. The land was soon prepared for horses once again, with fencing and a new barn. Then Michael acquired a horse of his own, a Rocky Mountain named Dancer. His activities include Endurance and participating as a member of the Maine Mounted Search & Rescue Team, both starting in 2020. You’ll frequently find him on the trails of the White Mountains training for the next endurance event. Michael also enjoys horse camping, which he was introduced to on the 2019 GSCA Chocorua ride. Look for him on GSCA overnight trips.

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