BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable will host the 2017 Hunter Pace Challenge, part of the NJ State 4-H Horse Program Pace series, on Sunday, Oct. 22.

The first team will take the course at 9 a.m. with the last team leaving the gate at 1 p.m.

The final scheduled competition is the SCPC “Stuff the Turkey” Pace on Nov. 5.

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All events take place at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Ave. 

Teams of two to three riders are invited to follow a well-marked course that is 6 to 8 miles in length.  There are usually more than 30 fences, up to 3’ in height.  Fences 2’6” and higher are identified with a cone and there is a way around each fence. 

The NJ 4-H Round Up Team Benefit Pace Pace offers five divisions: Open, Family, Junior, Hilltoppers, and 4H (all team members are current 4H members).. Ribbons are awarded to the first six teams in each division finishing closest to the “ideal time” set by the Pace Team.

Teams participating in 4 of the 5 events are eligible to win a championship cooler, for each of the team’s horses. Team members must remain constant but are not required to ride the same horses for every event.

Registration is done in person on the day of the event.  Entry fee is $30 for juniors (under 18) and 4H members and $35 for adults.  A separate check or cash in the amount of $5 is required to obtain a pinney with the team number, and will be refunded upon return of the pinney.   Light refreshments will be available.

An approved ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet and riding shoes or boots are mandatory for all participants. All riders must provide a negative Coggins taken within the past 12 months when registering. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times.  No alcoholic beverages are permitted on Park property.

For additional information about the Hunter Pace Challenge call 908-766-5955 of NJ Relay 711 for individuals with hearing or speech impairments. Information on other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at www.somersetcountyparks.org.