Basking Ridge,NJ- The staff at Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge is launching “Meet the Ponies,” a program designed for horse enthusiasts age seven to nine years old, with the initial session scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The program is ideal for individual riders and nonriders, scout troops and other youth groups. The stable, part of the Somerset County Park Commission, is located at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

The program provides participants with an opportunity for hands-on experience with ponies. Under the guidance of experienced Lord Stirling Stable staff, students will be able to groom a pony, learn about what ponies eat, and the work involved in taking care of a pony. Participants will also make a horse-related craft and take part in a pony ride.

The fee is $15 per child and $10 for each additional sibling in the same age group. Pre-registration is required by phone at 908-766-5955 or in person at the stable office. Payment by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover is required at tiime of enrollment.

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

Information on all Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.