BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge will begin next week to register horseback riders for lessons and other equestrian-related programs that will begin on April 6.
The Somerset County Park Commission, which operates Lord Stirling Stable, will begin accepting both online and in-person registrations at 8 a.m. on Sat., March 12. Lessons and in-person registrations will be at the stable office at 256 S. Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.
Lessons are being offered to juniors (ages 9-17) and adults, and will accommodate first-time beginners through more advanced levels of riders with jumping experience. All classes are one hour in length. The ten-week spring session begins on Monday, March 28, according to information on the Somerset County Park Commission website.
All junior classes meet once a week for ten weeks. 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 five weeks. The schedule of classes is available online and in the stable office.
Summer workshop registration also being held for junior riders
Junior riders may also enroll in Summer Workshops during spring registration. These workshops are themed five-day programs that begin in June; most workshops are in session from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Detailed information about specific requirements, content information, and rates for the workshops is available at the stable office and on the Park Commission website, www.somersetcountyparks.org.
Current students may register for spring classes online at www.somersetcountyparks.org. First-time students, as well as any riders who prefer to pay by cash or check, are required to register in person. The stable office will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, and will remain open that day for class registrations until 3:30 p.m.
The stable office is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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. Those riders are asked to call the stable office to schedule a convenient testing appointment.
To reach the stable office for additional information, call 908-766-5955 or NJ Relay at 711 for individuals with hearing impairment.
The current 10-week program rate for Somerset County residents is $375 and $525 for non-residents. The five-week, one-hour flat class rates are $187.50 for Somerset County residents and $262.50 for out of county residents. Payment is due at registration and is payable by cash, check, MasterCard, American Express, Visa or Discover.
Students who reside outside of Somerset County may purchase an annual Non-County I.D. Card for $170. This card entitles each individual cardholder to a discounted rate on riding lessons. Savings multiply with each class registration.
Information on this and other events of the Somerset County Park Commission can be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org.