The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable (FLSS) started as an idea of some of the original Trustees and Offices whom all happened to ride together at Lord Stirling Stable on Thursday mornings. The founders' group included Janet Orbine, Betty Cohen, Gwen Bunker, Clare Sigafoos, and Kathy Moffitt.
This small group of riders wanted to organize and run some special events at the stable. At a meeting with the Somerset County Freeholders, it was suggested that they start by organizing Family Fun Day and two other events . . . and right away the group kicked it up a notch and organized five events. We’ve been at it ever since. FLSS was formalized and received IRS designation as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1984.
Over the years, in addition to running a number of activities, the organization has funded many projects at Lord Stirling Stable including the funding of a “pony pavilion” where pony rides are held; a sprinkler system to help keep the dust down in the indoor arena; supplementing the purchase of lesson horses; purchasing stall mats to reduce the cost of bedding; providing jumps for the rings and most recently new footing for the indoor arena.
It’s been over 40 years of dedication by our all-volunteer group and we look forward to continuing our success!
"Of all animals kept for the recreation of mankind, the horse is alone capable of exciting a passion that shall be absolutely hopeless." —Bret Harte
Our Mission and Values
The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Our Mission is:
To promote, support and supplement the educational and recreational programs at Lord Stirling Park Riding Stable, which is part of the Somerset County Park Commission.
To educate the general public as to the benefits and facilities available at Lord Stirling Park Riding Stable and the Somerset County Park Commission.
To educate the general public on outdoor recreation, including walking, hiking, birding and horseback riding.
To carry out any and all activities in furtherance of the above purposes.
In fulfilling our Mission, we are guided by a set of Core Values that direct our decisions and actions.
They are at the heart of how we conduct ourselves as individuals and as an organization:
➔ Integrity: We do the right thing. We are open, honest, fair and objective. We seek to build trust. We are aware that our actions reflect on Lord Stirling Stable and FLSS and conduct ourselves accordingly whenever we are acting or writing on their behalf. We speak up about concerns and comply with all laws and policies.
➔ Good Financial Stewardship: We understand the burden of responsibility in managing donor contributions and faithfully practice financial transparency.
➔ Respect. We lead by example. We treat both people and animals with dignity. We listen effectively to hear and value different perspectives and viewpoints. We seek to embrace differences in people, ideas and experiences.
➔ Service: We seek to serve our communities and the greater good in a cohesive and collaborative manner. We develop FLSS programs that take into consideration the greater community and our surrounding environment. Our impact is greater when we work together.
➔ Compassion: We demonstrate empathy. We genuinely care about our members. We respect each others’ opinions and appreciate our individual uniqueness. We genuinely care for our community and show kindness to all living things.