BERNARDS TWP., NJ - For those riders who want to sample Western-style riding, less often offered than English style at Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge, next Sunday is an opportunity for a brief lesson and trail ride on a Western saddle at the stable grounds.

Registration is already open for the introductory Western-style horseback ride from 1 to 3 p.m. next Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Somerset County-owned Lord Stirling Stable at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

Registration is already open and will be accepted through next Thursday, Aug. 3, at the stable office, which is open daily between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited, according to the county.

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Participants will receive a brief group lesson with one of Lord Stirling Stable’s riding instructors, followed by a one-hour guided trail ride through Lord Stirling Park. 

The Rrde offers individuals the opportunity to experience a trail ride without making any further commitment to the sport. It is also a great “refresher” for those who have not ridden in a long time.

Rain or shine

The ride will take place rain or shine. However, heavy downpour or hazardous weather conditions may result in cancellation.

Youth and adults who weigh less than 200 pounds, are at least 9 years of age, and are at least 5 feet tall are eligible to participate. Riders between 9 and 18 years old must be registered by a parent or legal guardian. Participants 9 to 11 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the ride.  

An approved equestrian helmet and shoes or boots with hard, smooth soles and a definite heel are required and may be borrowed from the stable office  for the ride.  

The fee for the ride is $40 for Somerset County residents and $50 for out of county residents, according to the county.

Payment by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover is required at the time of registration.

Lord Stirling Stable is located within Lord Stirling Park in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, and is nestled within 450 acres of the western portion of the Great Swamp Basin of the Passaic River. The Stable features a large indoor ring, three outdoor rings, daily lead Line pony rides, and 18 miles of beautiful trails.

For additional information, please contact the stable office at 908-766-5955 or NJ Relay 711 for individuals with hearing impairments.

Information on this and other Somerset County Park Commission events can be found on the Internet at