BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Registration opened this weekend for English-saddle balanced seat riding lessons that are being offered at Lord Stirling Stable starting Monday, March 25, to continue through June 3. Classes are offered from beginner through advanced levels for youth and adults.

Trail, jumping, and various specialized flat classes are also available at the Somerset County-owned stable, located at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge. Classes are scheduled one hour per week for 10 consecutive weeks. Adults have the option of a five week session. Riders can also sign up for private or semi-private instruction.

Current students may register online through the Somerset County Parks Commission website, or in person at the stable office, located at the riding facility and open daily. First-time students, and those who prefer to pay by cash or check, must register at the office.

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The schedule of classes is available online, and at the stable office.

Youth riders must be a minimum age of 9 at time of registration. Riders must weigh under 225 pounds for flat classes and under 200 pounds for jumping classes. Prospective students with previous riding experience need to be evaluated for a classification card prior to the registration date; a $12 fee applies.

For more information, call the stable office at 908-722-1200, ext. 5010, or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with hearing impairment

Lesson fees for one-hour classes for 10-week sessions are:

Somerset County residents - $375

Out-of-county - $525

Students who do not reside in Somerset County may purchase an annual Non-County I.D. Card for $170. This entitles each individual card holder to a discounted rate on riding lessons.  Call the stable office for more information.

A limited number of private and semi-private one hour lesson sessions with instructors from Lord Stirling Stable are also available. For more information, call the stable office.

More information on horse-related programs at Lord Stirling Stable is online at the Somerset County Parks Commission website.