FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 27, 2007

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

 

Learn More about Horses at
Union County’s Watchung Stable

nancy scileppi and wilma
Watchung Stable in Mountainside is proud to announce the start of a new “Learn about Horses” program. Interested groups will join instructor Nancy Scileppi, of Summit, pictured here with Wilma, in a one-hour class to tour Watchung Stable and discover more about the facility and its equine residents. Watchung Stable, a facility of the Union County Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities, is administered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. To schedule your tour or for more information regarding other programs offered, please call (908) 789-3665, or e-mail questions to stablequestions@ucnj.org.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to announce the start of a new “Learn about Horses” program at Watchung Stable in Mountainside. Scout groups, youth organizations, pre-school classes, senior citizens, school field trips or any other interested groups are invited to join instructor Nancy Scileppi in a one-hour class tour of Watchung Stable to discover more about the facility and learn more about horses.

“This new program is a unique opportunity for community groups of all ages,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “Ms. Scileppi is a wonderful guide and teacher who will help you enjoy your visit with the school horses at Watchung Stable.”

Nancy Scileppi, a Summit resident, has been active in the Watchung Stable Auxiliary for seven years and the SHOW program (“School Horses of Watchung”) for the last five years. She also is the adult advisor for the Watchung Junior Hunt Club, of which her daughters, Nina and Monica Cioppettini are members. Along with running horse shows, planning equestrian trips and clinics for the club, Nancy Scileppi is certified in equine sports massage therapy and equine stretching and joint release. She also has donated much of her time assisting Watchung Stable’s Troop Program, Summer Camp and Winter Clinics. Along with her husband, Nicolas Cioppettini, Nancy owns five horses, four of which are retired Watchung Stable school horses.

Along with a guided tour of the facility, visitors will meet Brewzer, the stable’s miniature horse, and many of the other school horses including On Time, Polo and Wilma. Participants will also learn the proper care of horses including parts of the horse, how to groom and tack up, what horses eat, and day to day basic horse care.

This program is limited to 25 people and does not include riding. The class will last one hour and must be scheduled in advance. Mutually convenient hours are available during the day, after school and even on weekends. The cost of the program is $40.00 per group. Lead line horses may be incorporated into the program for those with smaller groups of children under the age of nine at an additional cost of $13.00 for Union County residents and $19.00 for out-of-county participants.

Watchung Stable, a facility of the Union County Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities, is administered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. To schedule your tour or for more information regarding other programs offered, please call (908) 789-3665,
or e-mail questions to stablequestions@ucnj.org.

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