BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Online and walk-in registrations for spring horseback riding lessons begin at 8 a.m. next Saturday, March 10, at Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge.

Lessons in riding -- a popular activity in the Somerset Hills area -- are offered to juniors (ages 9 to 17) and adults. The lessons offered at the stable, which is part of the Somerset County Park Commission, will accommodate first-time beginners on a horse, through equestrians at more advanced levels with jumping experience. All classes are one hour in length.

The ten-week spring session will begin on Monday, March 26. Spring lessons are often held outdoors, weather permitting. However, Lord Stirling Stable also has a large indoor riding ring.

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At the same time, Lord Stirling Stable will be conducting registration for other seasonal programs at the stable, located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ.  

Starting at 8 a.m. next Saturday, riders can register for classes at the stable office, continuing through 3:30 p.m. Current students may register for spring classes online at www.somersetcountyparks.org. First-time students, as well as those who prefer to pay by cash or check, are also required to register in person.

All junior classes will 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 to register for the first or last 5 weeks. The schedule of classes is available online and in the stable office.

New riders with previous experience must be evaluated to be placed

Riders who have previous experience, and who 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. These riders should call the stable office to schedule a convenient testing appointment. 

The current 10-week program rate for Somerset County residents is $375 and $525 for non-residents. The 5-week one-hour 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 living 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.   

For additional information call the stable office, open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.., at 908-722-1200, ext. 5521, 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.