August 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM
BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Even if you don't know who the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable (FLSS) are, if you like horses, you probably have been to one of the events supported by this dedicated group of equine enthusiasts and volunteers.
The organization, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, supports the activities at the Somerset County Park Commission's Lord Stirling Stable, located at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.
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 Salute to Horse Power Car and Motorcycle Show, the Winter Holiday Festival, and various riding clinics throughout the year. Events that are run in partnership with the Park Commission include Hunter Paces, and Family Fun Day.
By contributing their ideas, volunteering their time, and donating revenue generated from sponsored events, the Friends help to provide a continuing and expanding program of activities at Lord Stirling Stable. New members are welcome to join.
The Friends group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1984 with a current membership base of more than 250. The positive relationship developed between the Friends and the Somerset County 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 at the Stable, and to educate the general public on outdoor recreation, including walking, hiking, birding and horseback riding.
Finding homes for horses retiring from the stable
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. Donations and numerous fundraisers allow The Friends to maintain a fund to cover the costs of board and care for these horses until an appropriate home is found. In the 10 years since of its existence, the School Horse Retirement Program has found loving homes for 41 former lesson horses, and adoptions are currently pending for twoother lucky horses.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 valuable asset throughout the year.
Everyone is welcome to join the Friends. Additional information on membership and activities may be found at www.flssnj.org or in the Lord Stirling Stable office at 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.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 at www.somersetcountyparks.org.