BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Can't wait to get back in the saddle again, especially after being stuck indoors all winter? Looking to take advantage of being a resident in Somerset County, which has its own county stable?

Registration for spring riding lessons at Lord Stirling Stable opened Saturday, March 11.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, registration opened for riders of all ability levels, adults or children, to sign up for spring riding lessons at Somerset County's Lord Stirling Stables in Basking Ridge. 

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The 10-week session of spring riding lessons begins on Monday, March 27.

The Somerset County Park Commission-operated stable will be conducting registration for spring horseback riding classes and also other seasonal programs both online and at the stable office located at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.  Lessons are offered to juniors (ages 9-17) and adults, and will accommodate first-time beginners through more advanced levels with jumping experience. 

Class registrations will be accepted in the stable office beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March, continuing until 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.

Junior riders can also enroll in summer workshops during spring registration. These are themed five-day programs that begin in June; most workshops are in session from 8:30 a.m. t0 1:30 p.m. Detailed information about specific requirements, content information, and rates is available at the stable office and on the Park Commission website, www.somersetcountyparks.org.

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 of the session. The schedule of classes is available online and in the stable office.

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.  Please 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 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.   

For additional information please call the stable office, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 908-766-5955 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.