BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Lord Stirling Stable has posted its event schedule for February, through April.

Information on the following events may be obtained by calling Lord Stirling Stable at 908-722-1200, ext. 5010 or at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Saturday Dog Walks

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Weekly “Dog Walks” provide owners and their canine companions an opportunity to explore the beautiful trails at Lord Stirling Stable. Walks begin at 10:30 with check-in at 10:15. Registration is $3 per dog and all pets must be leashed and kept under control at all times. For more information, call Martha at 973-635-8672. For directions, call Lord Stirling Stable at 908-766-5955.

Horse Care Workshop 102

Completion of Horse Care Workshop 101 is a prerequisite for this class. Students will explore more advanced topics such as nutrition, clipping, bandaging, and basic conformation. The workshops are offered on five consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon beginning Saturday, Feb.9.

The cost is $60 for Somerset County residents and $90 for non-residents. Registrations will be accepted until the first day of class. This workshop does not include riding.

Horse Care Workshop 103

Participation in the Horse Care Workshop 102 is a co- or prerequisite for this class. Students will explore more advanced topics to increase their awareness of equine behavior. The workshops are offered on five consecutive Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Saturday, Feb.9.

The cost is $60 for Somerset County residents and $90 for non-residents. Registrations will be accepted until the first day of class. This workshop does not include riding.

Friends Of Lord Stirling Stable “Buttons” Fairfax Clinic

The Friends will host noted clinician and horse show judge Kennis “Buttons” Fairfax for a one-day riding clinic on Sunday, Feb.17 at Lord Stirling Stable. “Buttons,” whose sense of humor may be as celebrated as his horsemanship skills, was awarded the 2019 Spirit of the Horse Award at the Rutgers Equine Science Center Evening of Science and Celebration in November. The award acknowledges and honors his lifelong commitment to horses and horsemanship and his contributions to youth education. For additional information or to register for the clinic, please visit the Friends’ website at www.flss.org.

Spring Riding Lessons

English Saddle Balanced Seat riding lessons are offered at beginner through advanced jumping levels for juniors and adults. Trail, specialty, and flat (non-jumping) classes are also offered. Online and walk-in registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 9. Lessons begin on Monday, March 25, and meet one hour per week for ten consecutive weeks.

Junior riders must be a minimum age of 9 at time of registration. Riders must be under 225 pounds for flat classes and under 200 pounds for classes over fences. Participants must have a current Lord Stirling Stable classification card as proof of their riding level; experienced English saddle riders who do not have a Lord Stirling Stable classification card should make an appointment to be tested prior to registration. Please call the stable office for more information. For directions, call the Stable at 908-722-1200, ext. 5010 or NJ Relay 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment. For more information, visit the Somerset County website at www.somersetcountyparks.org.

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. The show is hosted by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable, and is scheduled for Sunday, March 17. 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 divisions. Quadrille, freestyle, and musical kur entries are also welcome. Please visit www.flss.org for further information.

Horse Care Workshop 101

The horse care workshops offer people a chance to gain experience and confidence around horses. Participants learn the proper way to groom and tack up a horse. The parts of the horse, saddle, and bridle are discussed. Students learn the different colors and breeds of horses, as well as the important role the farrier and veterinarian play in a horse’s life.

The workshops are offered on five consecutive Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Saturday, March 30. The cost is $60 for Somerset County residents and $90 for non-residents. Registrations will be accepted until the first day of class, space permitting. This workshop does not include riding.

Friends Of Lord Stirling Stable Spring Open House

Members of the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will be on hand on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to distribute and discuss information about Lord Stirling Stable’s programs and events scheduled throughout the year. Stable tours will also be available. The program is free and pre-registration is not required.

Spring Nature Trail Ride

The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host a Spring Nature Ride on Sunday, March 31 on the trails of Lord Stirling Stable beginning at 8:30 a.m. People with little or no riding experience are welcome on the one-hour guided trail ride. Experienced English saddle riders may also enjoy this leisurely ride along the 18 miles of trails with their non-riding friends. Junior riders (9 years of age and above) may participate if accompanied by an adult. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Certified ASTM/SEI equestrian helmets and hard-soled boots or shoes with a well-defined heel are required and may be borrowed from Stable office. Pre-registration is required. Forms and fee information are available online at www.flss.org and in the Stable office.

Private Horse Hunter Pace

Lord Stirling Stable invites riders and their horses to participate in the Private Horse Hunter Pace on Sunday, April 28. The goal of a Hunter Pace is to ride a marked course in teams of two or three riders. Ribbons are awarded to the 6 teams in each division that finish the course closest to the “ideal time” set by the Pace Team. The distance is approximately 6 to 8 miles with 30 to 40 fences. The jumps along the well-marked trail vary in height up to three feet with ample room to go around. Participants may register between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Divisions are offered in Open, Family, Junior, Senior, and Hilltopper. All riders must wear an ASTM/SEI approved equestrian helmet. Western riders are welcome. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and SCPC Lord Stirling Stable.

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