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Lord Stirling Stable

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

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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 May 24; June 14; July 5; August 23; and October 18, 2015. In addition, special Western Introductory Rides will be available on July 12, August 9, and September 20. 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. Due to equipment used, all Western riders must be at least 5' tall. 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 Friday, June 19 and end Friday, August 28, 2015.

Program registration begins at 8am on Saturday, June 6 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 8. 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 class
Jumping Class

Out-of-county residents have the option of purchasing a Non-County I.D. Card for $150 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 opens on March 21, 2015 and may be done online or in person. Registration for these classes 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 purchased. 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 24, June 14, July 26, and August 9, 2015. 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 225 pounds. Trailguides are available on Sundays through June; thereafter, they will also be available on weekdays at 2pm and on Saturday afternoons throughout the summer. Groups depart every half hour with a minimum of two people.

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 $32 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 $330 ($300 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 $80 covers up to 10 people; additional participants may attend for $8 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 20 through July 25, 2015.

Horse Care Workshops 102 and 103 will begin on August 1 and finish on August 29, 2015. 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 13 beginning at 8:30am. 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.

Rebel the Pony's Special Event!
Please join your host, Rebel, and all of Lord Stirling Stable's ponies on Sunday, August 16 from 10am – 3pm for a special day of fun. Rebel's pony friends will be on hand to give Lead Line rides to children up to 12 years old who are able to sit and hold onto the saddle unassisted. Enjoy games and light refreshments throughout the day. Admission, parking, pony rides, and refreshments are free!

Scout Horse Fun Patch
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. A patch will be provided. An optional hayride will also be available. 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.

Pony Pals Club
The Pony Pals Club is a family oriented program that will introduce young children to ponies. Age appropriate activities encourage parent-child interaction. For ages 2-4 years, a 30-minute parent-child program includes a pony story, game activity, and pony ride. The fee for this program is $5 per child/parent pair. Additional siblings 2-9 years old are $3 each. For ages 5-7 years, a 60 minute parent-child program includes a pony story, game activity and/or craft, and a pony ride. The fee for this program is $10 per child/parent pair. Additional siblings 5-9 years old are $5 each. Pony Pals Club is offered on various dates and times in May, June, and July. Please call the Stable office or visit our website for more information. Pre-registration is required and available online, by phone, or in person in the Stable office.

Meet the Ponies Program
This youth program targets horse enthusiasts between 7 and 9 years old. It is ideal for scout troops and other youth groups. The 90-minute program introduces participants to hand-on experience with ponies. Under the guidance of experienced barn staff, students will be able to groom a pony, learn about what ponies eat, and the work involved in taking care of a pony. Participants will also make a horse-related craft and take part in a pony ride. The Fee is $15 per child. Additional siblings 7-9 years old are $10 each. Programs are offered May 9, June 20, and June 27 from 9:30am – 11am. Pre-registration is required and available online, by phone, or in person in the Stable office.

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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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.

Mother's/Father's Day Rides
These rides are the perfect opportunity for non-equestrian family members to join "the rider in the family" on a leisurely and relaxing trail ride at a walk. Mother's Day is May 10 and Father's Day is June 21. Each ride will be conducted from 10:30am – 11:30am; please check-in at 10am. Pre-registration is necessary; forms are available on the FLSS website and in the Stable office.

Spring Adult Horse Show
The public is invited to cheer for Lord Stirling Stable adult students as they compete in the annual Spring Horse Show on June 7 beginning at 9am. Each division consists of 3 classes: Equitation, Pleasure, and special "tests" of a pattern on the flat or over fences. The Adult Drill Team will perform at 1pm. Come watch our students of all riding levels show off!

Dog Walks
Dog Walks are available every Saturday. Summer check-in time (May 23 through August 29) is 9:15am, with the walk from 9:30am - 10:30am. Winter hours remain in effect through May 16; check-in is 10:15am and the walk commences at 10:30am. For more information, please contact Martha at 973 635-8672 or by e-mail at For directions, please call the Stable.

Gail Field Centered Riding Clinic
Gail Field will return to Lord Stirling Stable for her annual Centered Riding™ clinic from August 27 – 30, 2015. Gail is a Level IV Centered Riding Instructor and holds a British Horse Society Assistant Instructor Certificate, as well as certification from the American Riding Instructors Certification Program. Her friendly style and extensive experience have helped make this program a favorite summer event. For more information, please visit

Dog Days: A Very Silly Dog Show
On August 16, the Friends will sponsor the 19th Annual Dog Days at 3pm (registration is at 2pm). Classes will be held in the large indoor ring with an air-conditioned viewing room available. Classes for dogs and their owners include: Biscuit Toss and Catch, Water Bobbing Contest, Biscuit Race, Best Trick, Best Dressed (Costume), Tail Waggin', Pet/Owner Look Alike, Smallest, Largest, Most Medium, Obstacle Course, Best Bark, Most Obedient, and many others. There will also be a dog walk along the equestrian trails at the conclusion of Dog Days. An entry fee for each class is $3.

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