FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2008

CONTACT: Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746
Seb D’Elia, (908) 527-4419

 

Brownie and Girl Scout Programs at Union County’s Watchung Stable

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to offer a Horsin’ Around “Try It” Program for Brownie Troops and a Horse Fan Badge Program for Junior Girl Scout groups at Watchung Stable in Mountainside.

Brownie Troops are invited to come to Watchung Stable for a non-riding try-it program. This program is designed to help Brownie Troops learn about horses before they learn to ride. The
90-minute course will teach members of Brownie Troops basic safety around horses, basic grooming, parts of the horse and other important horse related topics. The cost of this program is $50.00 per group.

Junior Girl Scout groups can also come to the stable to work towards earning their Horse Fan Badge. During this program, girls will learn horse behavior, parts of the horse, grooming, tacking up, untacking, parts of the bridle and saddle and how to properly mount and dismount. This hands-on program costs $50.00 for a 2½ hour session with a limit of five girls per group.

Both programs must be scheduled in advance. Mutually convenient hours during the day and after school can be arranged with the program’s instructor, Jean Jacobus.
All Scout groups can book a special private group ride, held only on Sunday mornings, if the group has ten or more people participating that are over the age of nine. These rides need to be set up in advance and have a full deposit for all riders before the set date. The cost is the horse rental fee (In-County $23.00, and Out-of-County $29.00 per person for one hour) and an additional single fee of $25.00 for one of the Stable’s riding instructors to accompany you.

Watchung Stable, a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal,
is administered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. To schedule programs or
trail rides or for more information regarding any of Watchung Stable’s programs, please call
(908) 789-3665, or e-mail questions to stablequestions@ucnj.org.