Troop Program Overview


  • Introduce participants to the lifelong recreational activity of horse-back riding.
  • Teach basic knowledge and fundamentals of good horsemanship.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship and friendship.
  • Teach the English style of riding according to the accepted standards of hunt seat equitation.

INSTRUCTION is a “do-it-yourself” technique. Experienced instructors explain and demonstrate, but each trooper is in control of his or her own mount. Troopers are assigned to squads according to their riding ability as determined by the Stable management. New members with previous riding experience will be asked to exhibit their riding ability prior to squad placement. Horses are specially selected for squads based upon their suitability to a particular level of riding. Troopers will ride a different horse each week and will experience a variety of sizes and temperaments.

REQUIRED UNIFORM — All troopers must wear the following: ASTM/SEI certified equestrian riding helmet with a fixed harness, a powder blue long-sleeve shirt with a Watchung Troop Insignia, a yellow or gold neck-tie and a riding crop.

ADDITIONALLY, all troopers rated D2 or higher must also wear jodhpurs and paddock or jodhpur boots, or breeches and tall boots. Brown or black half chaps are permitted for troop, not for horseshows.

ONLY first season beginners rated D4 may wear jeans or slacks and a hard sole shoe or boot with a heel.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED: Bicycle or all sport helmets, sneakers, including riding sneakers, chaps or leggings.