BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Winter weather doesn't have to mean the end of horseback riding for equestrians in Basking Ridge and nearby. The Somerset County Park Commission has announced that registration will begin next Saturday, Dec. 10, for a 10-week session of Winter Horseback Riding Classes at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

Lessons are offered for all levels and different age groups, including adults and juniors, ages 9-17). The lessons and will accommodate the absolute beginner through more advanced levels with jumping experience.  

The ten-week winter session, with multiple time openings, begins Monday, January 2, 2017. 

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Registration begins at 8 a.m. on December 10, 2016 online at www.somersetcountyparks.org and at the stable office, also located at the Lord Stirling property at 256 S. Maple Ave. After Dec. 18, all registrations must be completed in the stable office.

All classes will take place in the spacious indoor arena; a climate-controlled viewing area is open to friends and family members who may wish to observe. 

Adults above the Beginner 1 level have the option of riding once a week for the full 10-week session or for the first or last 5 weeks. All junior classes will meet once a week for ten weeks.  

The complete schedule of classes is available online and in 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 in the appropriate class level. These riders should call the stable office at 908-766-5955 to schedule a convenient testing appointment. 

The 10-week, one-hour program rates for Somerset County residents are $375 for flat (non-jumping) classes. The out-of-county rate for flat classes is $525. 

Payment is due at registration and is payable by cash, check, MasterCard, American Express, Visa or Discover. New students who live in Somerset County must show a driver’s license, Motor Vehicle ID card or local tax form as proof of residency.

For additional information please call the stable office, which is open daily from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. at (908) 766-5955 or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with hearing impairment.  

Information on this and other events of the Somerset County Park Commission can be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org