BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Starting this Saturday, both adults and junior horseback riders can begin registering for winter horseback riding classes at Somerset County's Lord Stirling Stable, at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge. Lessons are offered to juniors (ages 9-17) and adults, and will accommodate the absolute beginner through more advanced levels with jumping experience. 

The ten-week winter session begins Friday, January 2, 2015. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, both online at 2014 at www.somersetcountyparks.org and at the stable office. After Dec. 21, all registrations must be made in the stable office at the same location.

All classes will take place in the spacious indoor arena in the barn; 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 meet once a week for ten weeks. The 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 level. Please call the stable office to schedule a convenient testing appointment.

The 10-week, one-hour program rates for Somerset County residents are $300 for flat (non-jumping) classes. The out of county rate for flat classes is $450. Classes over fences are offered at $340 for county residents and $510 for non-county residents.

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. to 5 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.