As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to think about hitting the trails, and there are plenty of opportunities to do that competitively in New Jersey during the coming weeks.
A pace is set for Sept. 11 at Somerset County’s Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Enter the day of the pace, which runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The entry fee is $35 for juniors (under 18) and $40 for adults. An additional $5 is required to obtain a pinney with the team number, and will be refunded upon return of the pinney.
An approved ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet and riding shoes or boots are mandatory for all participants. All horses are required to have a negative Coggins taken within the past 12 months when registering.
For more information, visit the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable website at www.flssnj.org.
The same day, the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown is holding a judged trail ride from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There’s a $100 gift card prize for the best costume for those who choose to enter that contest. The theme of the ride is Jersey Shore Boardwalk. For information, call Ricki Neuberg at (732) 446-9566.
The next weekend, the Tewksbury Trail Pace–usually the biggest hunter/trail pace in the state–will have its 21st running Sept. 18 at Christie Hoffman Farm Park from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m., and there are always great prizes. The fee is $45 for adults and $35 for juniors, with a $10 discount for members of the Tewksbury Trail Association, which is presenting the competition.
Western and English riders both are welcome to ride in the pace, which has a choice of 6- and 9-mile loops. For information, go to www.tta-nj.org or email to email@example.com.
Come back to www.nancyjaffer.com in the coming weeks for news about more paces.