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Lord Stirling Stable

256 S. Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ • 908 766-5955

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Road Closure Information for Bernards Township

Road Closure Information
On July 25th North Maple Avenue will be closed between West Oak Street and Madisonville Road for a sanitary sewer replacement project. The project is expected to last 6 weeks. Plan alternate route.

Beginning on or about July 11th South Finley Avenue will be closed between Cross Road and Collyer Lane for a water main replacement project. The project is expected to last 6-8 weeks. Plan alternate route.

General information
Lord Stirling Stable offers a full complement of riding activities for riders of most ages and abilities. The stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, and the office is open daily from 9am to 5pm or may be reached by calling 908 766-5955. Riders may also call the activity hotline at 908 766-5955 ext. 32. All riders are required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved equestrian helmet and shoes or boots with a smooth, hard sole and a moderate and definite heel. Helmets and boots may be rented for $4.00 each. Somerset County residents are required to show some proof of residency. All riders must be at least 9 years of age and activity-based weight limits apply to riding programs. For additional information, please visit our website at

Introductory Rides
Introductory Rides are offered to people who are new to horseback riding or have never ridden English. Rides will be held on June 5, July 3, August 21, and October 16, 2016. In addition, special Western Introductory Rides will be available on July 10, August 7, and September 4. Please call the Stable office for ride times. Each ride begins with a brief lesson followed by a one hour trail ride led by one of our certified Instructors. Participants between the ages of 9 and 12 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and all riders must weigh less than 200 pounds. Registration begins two weeks before each ride. The fee is $35 for Somerset County residents and $45 for non- residents. Approved equestrian helmets and boots are required and included in the program fee.

Lead Line Pony Rides
Lead Line is the perfect way to introduce children to riding. Ponies or small gentle horses are rented by the half hour. The child must be old enough to sit up and hold onto the saddle without assistance. A stableworker demonstrates proper leading procedure before handing the pony or small horse to the parent or legal guardian, who will then lead the pony/horse while their child rides. Use of an approved riding helmet is required. Small size helmets are provided free of charge. Lead Line is available daily; please call 908 766-5955 for hours. The cost is $11 weekdays and $12 on weekends for Somerset County residents and $13 weekdays and $14 on weekends for out-of-county residents. Books of ten rides and gift certificates are available.

Pony Parties
An unforgettable way to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion is unbelievably simple with a Lord Stirling Stable Pony Party! Our two-hour package includes the use of two ponies for the first 45 minutes, plus a staff member to provide, supervise, and remove the ponies at the appropriate times. Adults from the party lead the ponies. Guests spend the remaining time in the climate-controlled party room, where two tables with chairs have been set up; a third table holds your gifts, food, etc. An empty pony piñata is available for purchase. The fee is $175 for Somerset County residents and $250 for non-residents, and includes up to 12 children. Additional guests may attend for an additional fee per person ($5/resident, $7.50/non-resident). There is a maximum of 25 children allowed. Horse shoes and other children's games are available to rent for $10 each. Call or stop by the stable at least two weeks prior to the desired date to make your reservation! Pony Parties are available seven days a week. There is a maximum of 30 people (adults and children combined) allowed in the party room.

Summer Riding Lessons
English style riding lessons are offered from beginner through advanced levels for juniors and adults. Trail, jumping, and various specialized flat classes are also offered. Sixty minute lessons are offered once a week for 10 consecutive weeks. Juniors also have the option of riding twice a week for five weeks, and adults may choose to register for a special five week session. Summer Workshops and Horse Care Workshops are available, as well. Lessons begin Monday, June 20 and end Monday, August 29, 2016.

Program registration begins at 8am on Saturday, June 4 online and in the Stable office, where walk-in registrations will be accepted until 3:30pm. Online registrations will continue to be accepted, space permitting, through midnight, Monday, June 6. Registration after that date must be done in person in the Stable office. Riders who wish to pay by cash or check or who are enrolling for the very first time are also required to register in person.

The schedule of classes will be available one week prior to the opening registration day. Junior riders must be at least 9 years old at the time of enrollment. Riders must weigh less than 225 pounds for flat classes and less than 200 pounds for classes over fences. New students with riding experience need to be evaluated for a classification card prior to the registration date; please call the Stable office for more information. There is a $12 fee for testing. Lesson fees for ten 1-hour classes are:

Somerset County Residents
Out of County
Flat or Jumping class

Out-of-county residents have the option of purchasing a Non-County I.D. Card for $170 at the Stable office. Each Non-County I.D. Card entitles one person to discounted lesson fees for one year.

Summer Workshops
Workshops for junior riders (ages 9-17) are conducted from 8:30am until 1:30pm, Monday through Friday. Workshop includes a one hour riding lesson and hands-on learning experiences. Each weekly workshop has a different theme and is open to riders at and above the D-3 level; riders at the D-1 and D-2 levels are eligible for special sessions. Dates and times vary; please see the website ( for details. Enrollment began in March, and will remain open until they are full or until the Friday preceding the scheduled workshop.

Fees are as follows:  
County resident $300.00
Out of County $450.00

After the purchase of one week of Summer Workshop, a $15 Stable gift card will be given for each additional week bought. Please see the website for details.

Beginner Trail
Beginner Trail Rides are one-hour guided rides along the equestrian trails, open to LSS students at D2/Beginner 2 and D3/Beginner 3 levels. Summer rides are scheduled for May 1, June 15, July 24, and August 7, 2016. Registration begins online and in person two weeks before each ride date. Fees: $28 in county/$36 out-of-county. For more information, contact the Stable at 908 766-5955.

Horse Rentals
Riders who can post the trot and are secure and comfortable at the canter in an English saddle may rent horses for an hour's ride in our large indoor ring, two outdoor rings, or 18 miles of well-maintained trails. Riders must be at least 9 years old (12 years old for trail riding) and weigh less than 200 pounds. Trail guides are available for a minimum of two riders on Sundays through June; thereafter, they will also be available on weekdays at 2pm and on Saturday afternoons throughout the summer. Please call the Stable office for specific hours of availability. Please note that guides are required for public trail riding at Lord Stirling Stable.

Hours for hacking vary and may be cancelled due to a high heat index. Please call the Stable office at 908 766-5955 ext. 32 for daily information. Riders choose horses on a first come, first served basis. Hourly hacking fees are as follows:

Weekdays - Somerset County residents $23.00
  Out-of-County residents $30.50
Weekends - Somerset County residents $26.00
  Out-of-County residents $34.50
10 Ride Packages    
  Somerset County Residents $218.50
  Out-of-County residents $289.75

Private Horses
For an annual fee, people who have their own horses may enjoy the trails or outdoor rings as weather and ground conditions allow. The Trail Permit cost is $20 per calendar year for Somerset County residents and $30 for non-residents. Single day passes are available for a fee of $10 for Somerset County residents and $15 for non-residents. The spacious indoor ring may also be used for $15 per hour. A current negative Coggins taken within the last 12 months is required.

Group Trail Rides and Hayrides
Lord Stirling Stable has unique program options available for your group. Whether you are looking for a team-building exercise with a difference, or just want to try something out of the ordinary with friends, we have an opportunity for you. Savor some of the 18 miles of beautiful equestrian-use trails from the back of a horse or from our tractor-pulled hay wagon. No 'horse experience' is required!

Group rides for adults and youth include a brief lesson with a certified instructor who will then guide your one-hour trail ride. Guided rides are available on Sundays and weekday afternoons. The flat rate for 10 riders or fewer is $380. ($350 for youth under the age of 18). Individuals must weigh less than 200 pounds to participate in this program. Please call the office for date availability and reservations.

Tractor-pulled hayrides are an excellent choice for those who would love a trail experience but are not sure about riding a horse. They are also an option if your group is very large (up to 30 people) or if there is a broad age range to accommodate. A flat rate of $100 covers up to 10 people; additional participants may attend for $10 each.

By horse or by wagon, the trails of Lord Stirling Stable are definitely worth a visit. Call today to book your group's special trail experience!

Horse Care Workshops
Revised and expanded Horse Care Workshops are offered for individuals seeking competence and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on experience. Classes will take place on five consecutive Saturdays. The basics of horse care will be covered in Horse Care Workshop 101 from June 25 through July 23, 2016.

Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103 will be conducted July 30 - August 27, 2016. Horse Care Workshop 102, meeting from 10:00am – noon, expands on the basic topics of Workshop 101 and introduces subjects such as tack selection and fit, hoof care, and basic feeding.

Horse Care Workshop 103 builds on topics covered in Workshop 102. Conformation and selection, advanced nutrition, and basic first aid will be among the subjects discussed in this class, which will meet from 1pm - 3pm. These advanced workshops may be taken concurrently.

There is no riding involved in the Horse Care Workshops. The cost is $60 for Somerset County residents and $90 for non-residents. Online and in-person registrations will be accepted up until the first day of class as space permits.

Spring Junior Horse Show
Each spring, the public is invited to watch Junior Lord Stirling Stable students compete in a horse show and display their skills. This year's show is being held on June 12 beginning at 9am. Classes vary from first time riders who have completed 10 lessons to advanced classes over fences. There will be a performance by the Junior Drill Team at 1pm.

Troop Horse Program
Scouts ages 9 and older will learn skills to help them earn horse-related badges, where available, or just have fun learning about horses. Topics include safety in the barn and around horses; an introduction to breeds, colors, and parts of the horse; and the important roles of the veterinarian, the farrier, and the equine dentist. Each scout will have the opportunity to gain hand-on experience learning to groom a horse. The fee for this program is $12 per scout for troops in Somerset County and $15 per scout for out-of-county troops. Minimum group size is 6 with a maximum of 12 participants. Leaders and chaperones attend free of charge. For more information and to reserve a time, contact the Stable at 908 766-5955.

Room Rental
Lord Stirling Stable has a large room overlooking the indoor riding arena available for rental. Amenities include bleachers, tables, and chairs. Audio/visual equipment and limited kitchen facilities are also available. Please call the Stable at 908 766-5955 for prices and availability.

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Hunter Pace at Lord Stirling Stable
May 22, 2016

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Friends of Lord Stirling Stable
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Friends of Lord Stirling Stable

The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable (FLSS) is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the equestrian activities of the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable. By contributing their ideas, volunteering their time, and donating revenue generated from sponsoring events, the Friends help provide a continuous and expanding program of activities. Additional information about the Friends and these events is available on the internet at Registration for FLSS events is not currently available online.

Dog Walks
Dog walks along the equestrian trails are led on Saturdays. The traditional New Year's Day "Meet New Friends" Dog Walk will be held on Friday, January 1, 2016 at 1:30pm. Regular Saturday dog walks begin at 10:30am, except May 28 through September 3 when the walks will begin at 9:30am. The cost is $3 per dog.

Horseback riding clinics are offered throughout the year. Please visit for more information.

Dressage Show
This is a great opportunity for the experienced or green horse and rider to perform a Dressage Test in a fun, no-pressure environment. Eleven divisions will be separated into two sections – one includes those riders with privately owned horses and the other includes Lord Stirling Stable students on school horses. Divisions include USDF Intro Level, Test 1 (walk/trot), Training Level Tests 1 through 4, First Level Tests 1 through 4, and two "Test of Choice" divisions. Quadrille, freestyle, and musical kur entries are also welcome. The Dressage Show is scheduled for March 13, 2016. Please visit for further information.

Spring Pleasure Drive
The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable invite drivers to guide their horses and carriages along the well-groomed trails of Lord Stirling Stable on April 17, 2016. Teams will depart between 9am and 11am. Weather permitting, a 'just for fun' cones course may be available. Visit for more information.

Spring Nature Ride
This leisurely horseback ride at a walk along the trails is set for April 10 with check-in time at 7am. The hour long ride is 7:30am - 8:30am. This ride provides individuals with little or no English saddle riding experience the opportunity to enjoy the trails and nature from the back of a horse. The fee is $30 for Friends of Lord Stirling Stable members and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is required; please see the Friends' website for more information and forms.

Private Horse Hunter Pace
The Annual Spring Private Horse Hunter Pace will be held at Lord Stirling Stable on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Teams of two or three competitors will ride a well-marked course approximately 6 - 8 miles in length designed for those horses still being brought back into condition after their winter break. Thirty to 40 fences vary in height up to three feet. All jumps have ample room to go around for riders who prefer to stay on the flat, making the course very friendly to green horses. Western riders are encouraged to participate.

The event includes five divisions: Open, Senior, Junior, Hilltopper, and Family. Ribbons are awarded to the six teams in each division that finish the course closest to the "ideal time" set by the Pace Team. Participants may register between 9am - 1pm. All riders must wear an ASTM/SEI approved equestrian helmet. There is ample parking for trailers. This event is co-sponsored by the Somerset County Park Commission and the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable.

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