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Dog Contests and Rebel the Pony's Party Bring Tail Waggin' and Pony Rides to Lord Stirling Stable Next Weekend

Canines compete at Dog Days at Lord Stirling Stable in such categories as "tail waggin,"scheduled this year for Sunday, August 16. Credits: Courtesy of the Somerset County Park Commission
Rebel the Pony, Somerset County's miniature pony, will again host his annual party at Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge on Sunday, Aug. 16. Credits: Courtesy of the Somerset County Park Commission
BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable will host the 19th annual “Dog Days – A Very Silly Dog Show” starting at 2 p.m. next Sunday, Aug. 16 at the Somerset County Park Commission's Lord Stirling Stable at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.
That event will be preceeded by Rebel the Pony's Special Event, an annual summer party hosted by Lord Stirling Stable's friendliest four-legged character, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16 at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge. Rebel's party will welcome children and adults of all ages.

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. The first pony ride is free.
Admission, light refreshments, and parking are free.  Guests at Rebel's party are also welcome to enjoy a free hayride along the equestrian trails. Nevertheless, Rebel just asks visitors who are able to please bring along a non-perishable food or personal care item for donation to Somerset County food banks.  He will provide a chuck wagon to collect the much-needed supplies.
Although Rebel loves to be petted and spoiled, according to the Somerset County Park Commission, he does try to think of others. He knows he is one lucky pony and is willing to share the spotlight on his special day to give back to his community. He hopes everyone will come to his party!
Fans may follow him on Twitter@Rebelthepony.

Next, at the dog show, canines of all shapes and sizes and their human companions are invited to take part in a fun filled afternoon of contests and events. Classes include Biscuit Toss and Catch; Water Bobbing Contest; Pet/Owner Look Alike; Biscuit Race; Tail Waggin’; Best Dressed (Costume); Smallest, Largest, and Most Medium; Obstacle Course; Best Bark; and Most Obedient. Following the event there will be a walk along the equestrian trails.

On-site registration begins at 2 p.m. and classes will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Entry is $3 per class. The event will take place in the large indoor ring and spectators are invited to watch from a climate-controlled viewing area or in the ring.
Proceeds from the event will help fund activities and programs at Lord Stirling Stable. 
For more information, visit the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable web site at For directions, call the Stable office at 908-766-5955. 
Information on other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at
For additional information, please call Lord Stirling Stable at 908-766-5955.  Individuals with a hearing or speech impairment can call NJ Relay Service at 711.

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