BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable (FLSS) is a dedicated group of volunteers responsible for organizing and supporting many of the events held throughout the year at the Somerset County owned stable. Those events include: Nature Rides; Pleasure Drives; Dressage Shows; Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Rides; Dog Days; weekly Dog Walks; the Winter Holiday Festival, and various riding clinics. Events that are run in partnership with the Park Commission include Hunter Paces, and Family Fun Day.

This group of equine enthusiasts lends its support, ideas, time and fund-raising efforts to provide a continuing and expanding program of activities at the stable and to protect the horses that work there, even when they can no longer work.

FLSS runs the School Horse Retirement Program which finds suitable new homes for horses retiring from the Lord Stirling Stable lesson program. The program ensures that retiring horses continue to be loved and well cared for, even with their limitations. In the 14 years of its existence, the School Horse Retirement Program has found loving homes for 50 former lesson horses. Five horses are currently in the program awaiting homes.

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In addition to the numerous hours contributed by the Friends, their efforts have resulted in major donations to the physical environment at the stable, improving the facility for everyone who takes advantage of this unique asset throughout the year.

The Friends group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1984 with a membership base of more than 250. The positive relationship between the Friends and the Park Commission has produced long-term mutual benefit, advancing the quality and variety of programs at the Stable.

The mission of the Friends is to promote, support, and supplement the educational and recreational programs of Lord Stirling Stable, to educate the general public about the benefits and facilities available, and to educate the general public on outdoor recreation, including walking, birding and horseback riding.

Everyone is welcome to join the Friends. Additional information on membership and activities may be found online or in the Lord Stirling Stable office, at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.

For information, the stable may be reached at 908-766-5955 or NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with hearing/speech impairments. To find out more about the Park Commission, visit its website.