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Lord Stirling Stable

256 S. Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ • 908 722-1200 Ext. 5010

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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 908 722-1200, ext. 5010. 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. Somerset County residents are required to show proof of residency. All riders must be at least 9 years of age and activity-based weight limits apply to riding programs.

Lead Line
Lead Line is the perfect way to introduce children to riding. Parents/legal guardians may rent a pony or small, gentle horse for a half hour and lead their child(ren) around the outdoor pony ring or the covered Pony Pavilion A stableworker will demonstrate the proper and simple technique for leading the pony/horse. Children must be old enough to sit up and hold onto the saddle without assistance. An approved equestrian helmet is required and small sizes are available for use at no additional cost. Lead Line is available daily; please call for hours.

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 three tables and 30 chairs are provided for your use. The birthday child receives a special pony party sash and a stuffed pony. Horseshoes and other children's games are available to rent. 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.

Group Trail Rides and Hayrides
Lord Stirling Stable has unique program options available for group activities. Youth groups, businesses, clubs, and other organizations can design a team-building exercise with a difference. Families and friends may want to try something out of the ordinary, just for fun. Experience some of the 16 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 (ages 12 and older, and ages 9-11 when accompanied by a parent/guardian) 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.

Tractor-pulled hayrides are an excellent option 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. Please call the office for details.

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

Scout 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 hands-on experience learning to groom a horse. Add a hayride or a one-hour horseback ride for an additional fee. Minimum group size is 6 with a maximum of 12 participants. For more information contact the Stable at 908 766-5955.

Spring Group Riding Lessons
English Saddle Balanced Seat riding lessons are offered from beginner through advanced levels for youth and adults. Trail, jumping, and various specialized flat classes are also available. Classes are scheduled one hour a week for 10 consecutive weeks. Adults have the option of a five-week session. Students may register online or in person at the Stable office. Please refer to the online program registration section for details.

The schedule of classes will be available two weeks prior to the opening day of registration. Youth must be a minimum age of 9 at time of registration. Riders must weigh under 225 pounds for flat classes and under 200 pounds for jumping classes. Prospective 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.

Students who do not reside in Somerset County may purchase an annual Non-County I.D. Card. This entitles each individual card holder to a discounted rate on riding lessons. Savings multiply with each class registration. Please call the Stable office for more information.

Spring Private and Semi-Private Riding Lessons
A limited number of private and semi-private one hour lesson sessions with instructors from Lord Stirling Stable are available.

Horse Care Workshops 101-104
Horse Care workshops offer the opportunity to gain experience and confidence around horses. Each program builds upon the one before it to logically expand students' knowledge in a safe, enjoyable environment.
In Horse Care Workshop (HCWS) 101, participants learn the proper way to safely handle, groom, and tack a horse. The parts of the horse, saddle, and bridle are discussed in addition to horse breeds, colors, equine behavior, and basic horse care.
• Horse Care Workshop 102 introduces students to more advanced topics such as nutrition, clipping, bandaging and basic conformation, as well as the important role the farrier and veterinarian play in a horse's life.
Horse Care Workshop 103 focuses on topics related to horse ownership: selection, boarding, equipment, etc.
New this year, Horse Care Workshop 104 is specifically for volunteers in training, concentrating on developing skills required to be a safe and effective barn volunteer.

The Workshops are open to participants ages 9 and older, and are offered on five consecutive Saturdays. HCWS 101 is the only pre-requisite for HCWS 102, 103, and 104. Registrations will be accepted until the first day of class, space permitting. This program does not include riding.

Horse Rentals (Hacking)
Riders who can post the trot and are secure and comfortable at the canter may rent horses for a one hour ride in our large indoor arena or two outdoor rings. Riders must be at least 9 years old and weigh less than 225 pounds. Please call for times.

Hours for hacking vary and may be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Please call the stable office at 908 722-1200, ext. 7217 for daily information. Riders choose horses on a first come, first served basis.

Private Horses
For an annual fee, people who have their own horses may enjoy the trails or outdoor rings, weather and ground conditions permitting.Single day passes are also available. The spacious indoor arena may also be rented. A current negative Coggins (within twelve months) is required.

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.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
     • Directions
     • General Park Rules
     • Park Brochure
     • Park Map
     • Riding Lesson Brochure


    

 
 


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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. 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 Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 1:30pm. Regular Saturday dog walks begin at 10:30am, except May 23 through August 29 when the walks will begin at 9:30am.

Clinics
Horseback riding clinics are offered throughout the year.

Dressage Show - CANCELLED
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 April 19, 2020.

Spring Nature Ride - CANCELLED
This leisurely horseback 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. Pre-registration is required; please see the Friends' website for more information and forms.

Private Horse Hunter Pace - CANCELLED
The Annual Spring Private Horse Hunter Pace will be held at Lord Stirling Stable on Sunday, April 26, 2020. 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. 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.