February 21, 2007

CONTACT: Debra Judd, (908) 527-4930
Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746


Enjoy Guided Trail Rides in the Watchung Reservation

wilma & charming
Wilma (left) and Charming (right), two of Union County’s resident horses, invite you to join them on a guided trail ride through the Watchung Reservation. Call the Watchung Stable today at (908) 789-3665 to reserve a Sunday morning trail ride for your group.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Did you know that your group or organization can reserve a trail ride on horseback in the Watchung Reservation? With the arrival of spring in late March, Union County’s Watchung Stable invites youth groups, neighborhood associations, birthday celebrants, and all others to consider trying this unique recreational opportunity.

“Horseback riding in the Watchung Reservation is a real treat,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities. “What better way to experience nature as well as get a little exercise than on a horse in Union County’s own beautiful forest? Wilma, Charming and Polo are some of the horses just waiting to take you for a leisurely walk. If you would like, you can also reserve our Assembly Room for refreshments afterwards.”

You can call now to book a special private group ride if you have a group of ten or more people participating that are over the age of nine. These rides, held only on Sunday mornings, need to be set up in advance with a full deposit for all riders before the set date. The cost of the private group trail ride is the horse rental fee (Union County residents $23.00, out-of-county participants $29.00, per person for one hour) plus $25.00 for one of the Watchung Stable riding instructors to accompany your group.

For young riders under the age of nine, Watchung Stable offers horseback rides with lead lines on Sundays from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Lead lines are available during the week if the weather permits and are accommodated on a first come, first served basis. The cost for a lead line ride is $13.00 for Union County residents and $19.00 for out-of-county participants. Lead line rentals are 30 minutes in duration.

The trail rides and lead line rides are held at Watchung Stable, located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. daily.

For further information, call (908) 789-3665 during the normal office hours or email questions to