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Equestrians invited to "Stuff The Turkey" at Hunter Pace on Nov. 5

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Freeholder Pat Walsh, and Marge Margentino, Manager of Lord Stirling Stable at a recent “Stuff the Turkey” Hunter Pace held at Lord Stirling Stable, in Basking Ridge, N.J. Credits: Provided
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BASKING RIDGE, N.J.—  The Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge will present the fourth Annual “Stuff the Turkey” Hunter Pace, providing riders the opportunity to make Thanksgiving a little brighter for Somerset County residents in need.

The “Stuff the Turkey” Hunter Pace is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spectators are invited to attend free of charge.

Teams of two to three riders are invited to follow a well-marked course that is 6 to 8 miles in length.  There are usually more than 30 fences, up to 3’ in height.  Fences 2’6” and higher are identified with a cone and there is a way around each fence. 

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For this special pace, there will be only 2 divisions: Adults (open to all) and Juniors (at least one rider must be under 18 years of age). Ribbons are awarded to the first six teams in each division finishing closest to the “ideal time” set by the Pace Team.

Registration is done in person on the day of the event.  Entry fee is $35 ($30 with a food donation) for juniors (under 18) and $40 for adults ($35 with a donation).  A separate check or cash in the amount of $5 is required to obtain a pinney with the team number, and will be refunded upon return of the pinney.   

Light refreshments will be available.

An approved ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet and riding shoes or boots are mandatory for all participants. All riders must provide a negative Coggins taken within the past 12 months when registering. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times. 

No alcoholic beverages are permitted on Park property.

Participants and spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Somerset County Food Bank Thanksgiving Basket program. Last year nearly 175 items were generously contributed including canned vegetables and fruit, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, gravy, pasta, breakfast items, sauces, soup, and much more.

For information, please call Lord Stirling Stable at 908-766-5955.  Individuals with a hearing or speech impairment can call NJ Relay Service at 711.

Information on Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org

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