SAVE time and be considerate of your Host--  please...
FILL OUT RELEASE FORMS and MEMBERSHIP/RENEWAL FORMS in advance, as required for Outings.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED  means :

  • must be a current GSCA member, dues paid at least a week before time of the Outing
  • include completed/signed Liability Release forms
  • copies of any current horse papers required for that Outing.  NOTE -- Coggins is no longer required by GSCA
  • must be supplied to Host/designated person a week in advance of Outing date (via Email or postal mail)

 

Downloadable forms including GSCA Liability Forms:

GSCA Membership/Renewal Application

GSCA Liability Release - ADULTs

GSCA Liability Release - MINORs (Family Member under 18, helmets required)

Information-- GSCA Driving Safety Tips

 

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GSCA OUTINGS listed by Location--  click location for descriptions & Flyers below (as available):

Annual Dinner Meeting and FUNd-raising Auction
Acadia ME  Meet-ups of members, Acadia National Park Maine, Camping with Stabling
Andover NH Rail Trail at Potter Place Day Outing

Auburn NH  Seavey Memorial Day Outing

Bristol NH 
Profile Falls Day Outing   NEW in 2019!
Carver MA  Myles Standish State Forest Meet-up, Camping Outing
Chocorua NH  Look to the Mountain Camping Outing
Lebanon NH   Sleigh Day  

Loudon, NH 
Loudon Roads and Woodland Trails Day Outing
  NEW in 2019!
Milton Mills NH Branch Hill Farm Day Outing  
Sanbornton NH Pemi River Trail Day Outing
Shelburne VT  Shelburne Farms/Meach Cove Mid-week Stabling Outing

Warner NH  Snow Games Day Outing, riders also welcome    NEW in 2019!

 

 
See GSCA Calendar of Activities for dates... Check all downloads below for Current year's date.

 

GSCA Annual
Dinner Meeting and FUNd-raising Auction

held at various locations each year, most recently at the Red Blazer Restaurant in Concord NH.

 

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for date)

 

Early every year the GSCA holds our Annual Club dinner meeting and FUNd-raiser Auction. On the agenda are a tasty meal, a speaker or presentation, brief business meeting, 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! So come one-- come all to our sociable Annual Dinner Meeting and FUNd-raiser Auction! 

PLEASE BRING DONATION ITEMS FOR AUCTION as this is GSCA's only fundraising event!  Donations help keep Outings free to Members.

 

Snow "Games" Day Outing, drivers & riders

NEW in 2019

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for date)

 

Started in 2019, for Drivers and Riders!
Ever wanted to see how fast you and your horse can race around hay bales? If your horse can pull a sleigh, plastic sled, a person on skis, or anything else safely or you just want to ride and you'd like to see how well you can maneuver through round hay bales, come to this event!
There'll also be a loop just to enjoy driving/riding. 

This is a fun event IN which you compete only against yourself. 

Enjoy getting out to meet your friends and new folks while having a fun filled day! Have a cup of hot cocoa and chili. 

NOTE: pre-registration is suggested just in case the event needs to be postponed/cancelled. See flyer for host information.

 

 
Seavey/Water Works Day Outing, Auburn, NH
since 2008 

 
 
Eric and Linda Wilking have been hosting the Annual Ellet and Shirley Seavey Memorial Carriage Drive since 2008 on the Manchester Water Works (MWW) property off of Depot Road and Tower Hill Pond in Auburn, NH. The 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.
   We enjoy sharing these beautiful trails with everyone-- the first two years we had over 30 participants. 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 or clear your horse's manure. Hosts have provided cleanup on trails since beginning this Outing.
 
 

Myles Standish State Forest, Drive and Ride Camping MEET-UP
since 2014

 
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED-- Camping reservations can be made at: Reserve America
 
("MEETUPS" NOT run by club hosts, NOT covered by GSCA liability insurance.)
 
Come explore twenty thousand acres of great driving and riding.  Miles and miles of fire roads, and many one-way campground roads. MORE ROUTES available each year. Some outer boundary trails are a little sandy and stony, but there are miles and miles of grassy trails, also roads.
  
No motor vehicles are allowed on the trails or fire roads.  You may encounter an occasional gate to go around, for riders. The bugs typically are not bad.
 
Horse Camping (Charge Pond Area C) accommodates all size rigs but for those who have a camper larger than 30', reserve one of the outer sites which tend to be larger than those in the middle of area C. Plenty of trees for highlines or bring your own paddock. There are some water faucets scattered among the sites.

More information about Myles Standish State Forest can be found on their web site,  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/myles-standish-state-forest.html
 
 

Look to the Mountain Drive and Ride Camping Outing, Chocorua, NH
since 2000 

 
 
*** PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED -
  • must be a current member to pre-register
  • send signed liability forms, whether you are coming for a day or Thursday to Sunday, how many trailers you are bringing, and what kind of trailer(s) they are  (e.g. bumper pull, 3 horse gooseneck, LQ trailer) ASAP.
  • send west nile papers before July 1st. ** Coggins no longer required.
send all paperwork (liability, trailer info, and copies of  west nile papers) to  or cindy schlener, 147 Williamsville Rd., Hubbardston MA 01452. If sent by USPS, please include a contact method. Cindy will reply to all preregistrations to validate receipt. Please send all required forms together. All forms must be received by Cindy no later than July 1st. There will be a cut off when all parking sites are taken.
 
PLEASE !!! DO NOT ATTEND if you did not preregister. 
 
 
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
 
Another good road/trail map to look at is http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/maps/topo/documents/Topo_076SE.pdf . 
This is a free trail map of Hemenway state forest including the trails to get to the fire tower!
 
 NOTE - no day trips on Thursday or Sunday

Acadia MEET-UPS
(Drive and Ride, Camping)
Acadia National Park, ME
First held 1988

 
ADVANCE STABLING RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED-- MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY IN YEAR, directly with Carriages of Acadia.

Every year we offer some GSCA "MEETUP" dates in Acadia, when experienced GSCA "Advisors" will be present ("Meet-Ups" are NOT run by club hosts, and are NOT covered by GSCA liability insurance.)
Pre-arrangements should be made with the folks listed here if you are seeking advice or assistance.
GSCA's Acadia Meetup ONE in June, with Cindy Pirkey on site at Wildwood Stables to informally advise and assist folks visiting the carriage roads and area.
GSCA’s Acadia Meetup TWO in October (TENTATIVE). Experienced driving GSCA member Deb Hunt will be available to informally advise and assist folks visiting the carriage roads and area. Deb has been going to Acadia many years with horses.She also hosted GSCA's Northeast Kingdom camping outing for many years.
 
Over 50 miles of rustic carriage roads, the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family, weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park. Rockefeller, a skilled horseman, wanted to travel on motor-free byways via horse and carriage into the heart of Mount Desert Island. His construction efforts from 1913 to 1940 resulted in roads with sweeping vistas and close-up views of the landscape. His love of road building ensured a state-of-the-art system.   
 
It may not be too late to get stall reservations, or visit for a day trip! See you there!
Branch Hill Farm Day Outing, Milton Mills, NH
since 2008 

 
Ride or drive the beautiful dirt and grass roads/cart paths of Branch Hill Farm along the Salmon Falls River.
 
Branch Hill Farm property has always been open to the public for multiple uses. A network of 45 miles of woodland access roads provides fire protection as well as multiple recreational opportunities to the public. There are approximately 10 miles of river frontage on the Salmon Falls River, the Branch River, and the Jones Brook.
    The land also serves as a living laboratory for educating all age groups about good forest and field management. It was Carl's wish that his protected land would provide "an oasis of forests, fields, wildlife, recreation, clean water and air for generations to come."
 
Shelburne Farms/ Meach Cove, Drive and Ride Camping Outing, Shelburne, VT
since 1999-- including Riders since 2015
 
***PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
See Reservation Form
 
 
4-6 day Outing for Drivers (on Shelburne Farms grounds) and Riders 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.On-site stabling is offered for a fee.
   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 is available at Meach Cove.
If this sounds like the perfect place to drive a carriage in style, it is! 
 
 
Profile Falls Day Outing - Old Hill Village, Bristol, NH

NEW in 2019

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for dates)

More info to follow.

Loudon Roads & Woodland Trails Day Outing,  Loudon, NH

NEW in 2019

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for dates)

More info to follow.

Andover NH Rail Trail
Day Outing at Potter Place
since 2014

 
TWO directions out on Rail Trail since 2016!
Trot out for miles on perfect footing! Amble along quiet byways near ponds. Something for everyone, come join us for carriage fun, or ride your horse! Your opportunity for carriaging on Rail Trail (usually gated) with state permit, per arrangement with NH Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources. Enjoy newly-reconstructed section of Northern Rail Trail plus additional quiet rural backroads if desired, drive or ride, Mountail Trails for Riders to explore!

 

Routes will be out and back. Distance options-- up to 12 miles with loop-out routes for carriages includes dirt and tar roads in quiet neighborhoods. No Highway crossings on carriage route.

Riders can go either direction on Rail Trail, and up to 16 miles including loop-outs. One well-marked highway crossing (out & in) on this route.

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

Spacious paved staging area. Potter Place Railroad Station Museum exhibits and rail car caboose are adjacent, with permanent porta-potty for the public.

 

Pemi River Trail, Day Outing, Sanbornton NH
 since 2016

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for dates)

Contact Host    or laurie graham, 170 Knox Mountain Rd., Sanbornton NH 03269.
 

Ride and drive the road less traveled on the Army Corps of Engineers trail along the Pemigewasset River floodplain, the Sanbornton side of the famous Hill Village. Gates usually closed to wheeled vehicles will be opened for a unique opportunity to drive this secluded trail. This trail has a short steep road in but once in the flood plain it is quite flat. The river/floodplain trail is road-wide and is dirt, sandy, and in places with some gravel on top, depending on the repair conditions. In spring this area is flooded and under 10-20 feet of water; be sure to look up into the treetops where you’ll see large logs wedged horizontally, where they settled as the flooding subsided.Mileage offered 6-12 miles total:
The river trail is 3 miles in to the old Sanbornton Bridge Abutments; it ends for carriages when it becomes private property beyond the bridge abutments. In the old days you could continue on to New Hampton and Bristol. Stop to enjoy the view, then turn around to drive back the same way.
   Riders may continue across the bridge, follow a woods trail up & connect with Knox Mountain Road; then follow Knox Mountain Road to turn right at Bennett’s Ferry Road to return to the Town Park. This is a 3 hour loop (green/pink) at the walk.
   An extended route along tree-lined dirt backroads of Sanbornton can add another 6 miles to your excursion, passing some of the most historic and lovely properties, farms and old cemeteries of town. The ghosts of Sanbornton will appreciate hearing again the clip clop and cart sounds of its not-so-distant past. This route has a few long steep inclines/declines so your horse’s fitness should be considered.Services:
Bring a picnic lunch and refreshment, some water and desserts will be provided.


Sleigh Day, Lebanon NH
First Held 2017

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for dates)
 

CONTACT-- Carolyn Townsend (see Sleigh Day Flyer).  Please let Carolyn know ASAP if you will be comingHer snowmobile friends will be packing the wide trails.

Five miles of groomed trails to sleigh on! Plus 60 acres of open
fields available for the more adventurous.

Here is a great chance
to have fun with your horse and that sleigh that hardly ever
comes out of the barn. And there is plenty of easy trailer parking too!!

GSCA Planning Meeting,
 location = TBD

(see GSCA Calendar of Activities for date)

 

Our Schedule of Outings is initiated at our yearly Planning Meeting in November. Outing hosts attend and any questions or issues are discussed between experienced hosts and the club officers.

Everyone is welcome at the planning meeting. The most recent planning meeting was held at the home of Boo Martin in Temple, NH. BYO lunch.

All members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend in support of our Hosts! BRING YOUR IDEAS for new Outing locations!