FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2008

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

 

Beginners Are Encouraged to Learn Horseback Riding
 With Union County’s Watchung Mounted Troop

Beginners Are Encouraged to Learn Horseback Riding

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Fall will be here before we know it and Union County’s Watchung Stable is busy preparing for the start of riding lessons.

“Horseback riding in the Watchung Reservation is a wonderful activity,” said Freeholder Rick Proctor, liaison to the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal. “Our lesson program at Watchung Stable is a great way to learn how to ride. I’m proud to say that more than 40,000 girls and boys have participated in this terrific program since it began in 1935.”

All applicants must be nine years of age or older. Class and troop assignments are based upon riding ability as determined by the Stable management. Applicants with previous experience may be asked to demonstrate their riding ability in order to be placed in the appropriate class. Classes are held Tuesdays through Saturdays. Fall Troop will last for ten weeks beginning September 2, and will culminate with the Fall Troop Horse Show.

The Watchung Stable also features adult lessons, for people 18 years of age and older also beginning the week of September 2. Classes for adults are available on Sundays at 12:45 p.m.; Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.; and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Adult lessons are an eight-week program on Sunday and Tuesday morning and a six-week program on Wednesday nights. Beginners through advanced lessons are available on all three days.

The cost to participate begins at $210 for ten classes, and varies with Union County residency status and troop assignment. Uniforms and helmets are required and must be provided at the rider’s expense. Registration forms and fees must be submitted in-person at Watchung Stable, which is 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, and to obtain registration materials, call (908) 789-3665 or email: stablequestions@ucnj.org.