BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable is a dedicated group of equine enthusiasts who support the activities of the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 South Maple Ave.
By contributing ideas, volunteering time, and raising funds, the Friends help to provide a continuing and expanding program of activities at the Stable.
The Friends group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1984 with a membership base of more than 250. The positive relationship between the Friends and the Park Commission has produced long-term mutual benefit, advancing the quality and variety of programs at the Stable.
The mission of the Friends is to promote, support, and supplement the educational and recreational programs of Lord Stirling Stable, to educate the general public about the benefits and facilities available, and to educate the general public on outdoor recreation, including walking, birding and horseback riding.
Among the annual activities organized and supported by the Friends are: nature rides, pleasure drives, dressage shows, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day rides, dog days, weekly dog walks, the Winter Holiday Festival, and various riding clinics. Events that are run in partnership with the Park Commission include hunter paces, and Family Fun Day.
The FLSS School Horse Retirement Program finds suitable new homes for horses retiring from the Lord Stirling Stable lesson program. The program ensures that retiring horses continue to be loved and well cared for even with their limitations. In the 14 years of its existence, the School Horse Retirement Program has found loving homes for 50 former lesson horses. Five horses are currently in the program awaiting homes.
In addition to the numerous hours contributed by the Friends, their efforts have resulted in major donations to the physical environment at the Stable, improving the facility for everyone who takes advantage of this unique asset throughout the year.
Everyone is welcome to join the Friends. Additional information on membership and activities may be found at www.flss.org or in the Lord Stirling Stable office located at 256 South Maple Ave.
For information, the Stable may be reached at 908-766-5955 or NJ Relay Service at 711 for individuals with hearing/speech impairments. The Park Commission may be found atwww.somersetcountyparks.org.