GSCA Board of Directors 2022

President:   Leslie Baxter   lakevue100 [at] comcast.net
Vice President:   Cindy Schlener   cindy.schlener [at] charter.net
SecretaryAvis Rosenfield     ironshoes2013 [at] gmail.com
TreasurerMichael Prange (acting)   prange [at] alum.mit.edu 
DirectorJean Harvey (acting)   jeanharvey [at] saltaccounting.com
DirectorConnie Moses    cmoses [at] metrocast.net
Director:   Betsy Mallett Vaughn  (acting)  docsmock [at] comcast.net


Meet a few
  Former GSCA Hosts and Officers

 

Leslie Baxter, President (2022- )BioBaxterLMug

A little about me. I have resided in Manchester all of my life and was very fortunate to have lake Massabesic a mile down the road. I live with my husband Dave and have a grown daughter living close by in Boston. I have owned and cared for horses pretty much all of my life. Competed in many areas from gymkhana, pleasure, trail classes etc. and bought my first Morgan 26 years ago.
   This is where I got into breeding, training and got heavily involved with Carriage driving. I joined up with the Granite State Carriage club and have enjoyed my free time meeting up with new and old friends alike with similar passions for everything horse related. My interest going forward is to stay involved with our club in hopes of keeping this great tradition going for years to come-- seeing our beautiful state from the seat of my carriage, friends nearby, and my little black mare Holly Golightly.      

Leslie BaxterLeslie KidsCarriage

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Cindy Schlener, Vice President (2021-), Website Admin, Facebook Admin

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I grew up on a 60' by 100' plot of land on Long Island, NY and have loved horses all my life. I started riding as a teenager when I was given a lesson as a birthday present and then bought my first horse when I moved up to Massachusetts in my early 20s. 

I was out of horseback riding for a while in my late 20s/early 30s but then got back into it in my mid 30s by buying a horse whom I named Kubla Khan. He was a big Thoroughbred/Hanovarian and loved going fast and jumping anything. Through a lot of hard work, I learned to ride Kubla safely and enjoyed lots of trail rides and hunter paces. 

Even though I took hunt seat and dressage lessons, my real love is trail riding. Exploring new areas, long distance riding and horse camping are the things I look forward to. Thank goodness I discovered GSCA a few years ago which introduced me to horse camping. 

Now you'll see me riding and discovering new trails and venue opportunities with the club.

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Avis Rosenfield, Secretary (2020- )

I have owned, raised, trained, shown & evented horses for over 50 yrs. My involvement with & passion for horses has been since childhood & I expect, like Queen Elizabeth, to be riding when I am 90.

I am currently a member of the Rockingham Riding Club, Essex County Trail Association, Southeast land Trust, Bear-Paw Regional Greenways and of course Granite State Carriage Association, where I assisted Cindy Schlener with marking trails for GSCA events.

My leadership experience includes serving as: Past President of the NH Horse Council, Secretary of the Derry Trail Riders for the past five years, Co-Chairperson of the Bear Brook State Park Planning Committee, member of the New Hampshire Horse Council trail committee, and Advisory Board Member for the NH Rail Trails.

I have continued to support the equine community to ensure as lands are transferred into conservation, the Land Trusts consider horses. Assisting the equine community with appropriate landowners to ensure trails remain open & accessible and/or new trails are created. Advising the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) as well as NH Division of Parks & Recreation to consider the needs of the equine community, and I am currently working to have horse camping at Bear Brook State Park, and have better access for carriages with trail loops within the park. 

I have traveled throughout the state to attend meetings to enlighten communities of the recreational value of horse owners to the GDP, and will continue to advocate for the horse throughout NH and as I travel to other states with my horses to camp. I will continue to learn the state's Best Practices for trail development and building relationships with other user groups.

As Secretary I look forward to serving Granite State Carriage Association and the membership.

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Michael Prange, acting Treasurer (2022- )    PrangeHorsebackMed

Michael Prange retired in 2017 from a career as a research scientist in geophysics. He and his wife, Anne, moved to her childhood home in Shelburne, NH, to begin a new life on 120 acres with two horses, two pack llamas, chickens, bees, four cats, and a wonderful trail dog. He actively trains and competes in endurance with his Rocky Mountain horse, Dancer.

He is certified, along with Dancer, with the Maine Mounted Search & Rescue Team, where he is a training officer and on the board of directors. He is president of the Shelburne Trails Club, which creates and maintains hiking trails in Shelburne, NH. Michael has been an active member of the GSCA for three years, and was part of the team that made the 2021 Presidential Rail Trail ride a success. With a personal focus on both training and trail riding, as Treasurer he works with memberships and club finances.

Michael Prange

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Connie Moses, Director (2019-), Website Admin since 2012

 Connie Moses, Vice President, Granite State Carriage Club

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Carriage driving horse pair, Connie Moses

The Moses' Perch-Arab driving
pair in Acadia National Park

 

 

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 pleasure pair, sometimes in a tandem hitch, at many GSCA outings. Their favorite place for driving was Acadia National Park, for 28ish years and to the top of Mount Washington Carriage Road in 2011.

Connie served as GSCA President 2010-2014, and interim VP in 2015, helping since 2012 with the club's printed communications, the GSCA Facebook group, and creating this website. Her background is in graphic arts and she enjoys photography, sculling, and playing pickleball. Her other furry friends included many cats and two successive wonderful English Setters, Freckles and Peaches. Connie and Rick now have a new rescue kitty named Hermione.

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Jean Harvey, acting Director (2022- )

Jean Harvey currently lives on 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.

Jean has been an active member of GMHA, CAA, ADS, GSCA, and PATH Intl. As an instructor, she enjoys teaching and promoting the sport of carriage driving. Most recently she has become involved in harness racing!

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Jean Harvey's driving pony Pixie, pony cartJean Harvey and her driving pony Pixie

 

 

Betsy Mallett Vaughn, acting Director (2022- )

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I have owned horses since my dad bought me my first pony, Prince, when I was 12 years old. I begged him for a horse after taking riding lessons since I was 10.  I was in the US Pony Club for most of my teenage years and was active in eventing.  My dad, Lansing Mallett, started getting interested in driving and old carriages and sleighs and we had some Standardbreds that he got from Dick Wood in Atkinson-Karen Wood's grandfather. He was one of the founding members of GSCA!  We also drove horses that we got from a camp during the off-season.  We just hitched them up and they were great!  My dad sadly passed away when he was only 70 yrs. old and we sold many of the carriages and sleighs from his collection.  After doing nine years in the US Navy and living in Texas for five years, I moved back to NH with my husband Marty and got back into horses. I have two daughters and a step son and step daughter. 
 
We had a Standardbred for driving but sadly had to put him down a few years ago.  We also drove an old Belgian who also had to be put down. I now have my Appendix,  Shiloh who is a great trail horse and with whom I did some two phase events and fox hunting.  I now mostly trail ride but may get another driving horse in the future.  I look forward to keeping GSCA active and participating in future rides/drives. 

 

 

Appointed Positions


Eric Wilking, appointed Senior Advisor in 2022 (former Treasurer)

Eric Wilking, Treasurer Granite State Carriage ClubEric the Navigator, also
GSCA Auctioneer
Since our application to become members of Granite State Carriage Association many years ago... way too many to count… my wife Linda and I have been all about what we can do to give back to the driving and riding community. From hosting the Manchester Water Works event in Auburn 2006-2018, to helping with the Myles Standish and Acadia National Park events throughout the years, it has always been about helping others enjoy their horses and camaraderie.


Over the years, Linda and I went on to develop and host a series of three Arena Driving Trials each year in Brentwood, for the past 5 years. Those that attend all enjoy the Pickpocket Farms’ low stress and fun way we approach competition and learning, and can’t wait for winter to end and the spring schedule to be published.


It all started over 10 years ago when I volunteered to help run the FUNd-raising Auction at our Annual Meeting and dinner. From there, I was elected Treasurer in 2013 and served the maximum allowed, 3 terms for a total of 6 years, and in 2019 I was elected Vice President of this fantastic organization. GSCA has grown so much over the past 10 years, and our future is bright.


In April 2020, I was appointed Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director for the Town of Exeter.
As you can imagine, those jobs are difficult enough without the current Coronavirus Pandemic.
During the past year— and, as many have already begun to realize, for the foreseeable future — much of my time must be devoted to the citizens of Exeter, the 30 firefighter/EMT’s that work with me, my family, and then of course GSCA.
It comes with mixed emotions that I have asked to step back as your Vice President. I believe the importance of the position deserves someone that can work closely with our outing hosts, create and maintain an annual event calendar that our membership has grown accustomed to, and represent the Granite State Carriage Association on statewide boards, and attend meetings as required.

All that being said, I would like to stay active and contribute to the club.

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Ginger Laplante, GSCA Newsletter Editor, Senior Advisor, Historian, founding and Lifetime member - starting in 1978

Ginger Laplante, antique horse buggy driver GSCAGinger's antique buggy and her Canadian driving horse, Punk

I sold my war bonds in 1953 to buy my first horse, a lovely six year old sorrel quarter horse/Saddlebred mare, for $150 when I was seventeen. I also bought my first antique vehicle that year, a lovely cutter for $15. Both were the first of many. I continued to collect antique vehicles and taught myself to drive a few years later using antique books on the subject and ever since have driven over country roads, at GSCA events and at a variety of interesting places such as Acadia National Park.

In 1978 my husband and I became two of the founders of the Granite State Carriage Association and their first event was held at our farm, Canterbrook, in Canterbury, New Hampshire that year. A few years later I began the newsletter and have been its editor ever since as well as serving in various office positions in earlier years.

I presently have two older mares a Canadian and a Standardbred but find that I am doing less driving as I get older. However, there is usually at least one GSCA event at Canterbrook each year to carry on the tradition. 

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