BERNARDS TWP., NJ –  Registration - both online and in person at the Lord Stirling Stable office in Basking Ridge - has started this weekend for summer horseback riding lessons that begin on June 20.

A weekend of equestrian displays is scheduled to be performed next weekend, June 11 to 12,  by adult and junior Lord Stirling students who already are enrolled in lessons at the Somerset County facility located at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge. Those shows are free to the public.

The Somerset County Park Commission is conducting registration for summer horseback riding classes and other seasonal programs at Lord Stirling Stable. Lessons are offered to juniors (ages 9-17) and adults at many different experience levels, from beginners with no riding experience, through more advanced levels with jumping experience. All classes are one hour in length. The ten-week summer session begins on Monday, June 20.
 
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Class registrations will be accepted in the stable office (908-766-5955 ) from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day. Current students may register for summer classes online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.  Online registrations will continue to be accepted through midnight on Thursdau, June 9 as space permits. Students wishing to enroll after that date must come to the stable office at 256 S. Maple Ave. 

First-time students, as well as those who prefer to pay by cash or check, are required to register in person at the stable office.

Riders who have previous experience and can post the trot, but have not ridden at Lord Stirling Stable, must be evaluated prior to registration to be placed at the appropriate level. Those riders are asked call the stable office to schedule a convenient testing appointment. 

Other equestrian workshops also offered for the summer


 
Junior riders (age 9 to 17) at the D-3 and higher level also may enroll in Summer Workshops during spring registration. Each workshop has a different theme. Special sessions are available for D-1 and D-2 riders. Most workshops are in session from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Program details are online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.
 
The 10-week riding program rate is $375 for Somerset County residents. For out of county residents the rate is $525. Junior Workshops are $300 for Somerset County residents and $450 for out of country.

Payment is due at registration and is payable by cash, check, MasterCard, American Express, Visa or Discover. 
 
Students who reside outside of Somerset County may purchase an annual Non-County I.D. Card for $150. This card entitles each individual cardholder to a discounted rate on riding lessons. Savings multiply with each class registration.  

Spring horse shows and Drill Team performances scheduled for next weekend

The public is invited to watch Lord Stirling Stable students display their skills next weekend on the stable grounds. The annual Spring Adult Horse Show is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, beginning at 9 a.m.. and the Junior Horse Show on Sunday, June 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. 

Drill Team performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

There is no fee for spectators who can arrive at any time during the show.
 
Competitors vary from first-time riders who have completed 10 classes, to equestrians who have completed advanced classes that include jumping over fences. 
 
For additional information, call the stable office at 908-766-5955 or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with hearing impairment. The stable office is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Information on these and other events of the Somerset County Park Commission can be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.