FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2008

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

 

Explore the Deserted Village on Horseback, Oct. 5

Adults, ages 18 and older, are invited to join a Watchung Stable riding instructor and a Trailside Nature and Science Center park naturalist on a walking trail ride through the Watchung Reservation to the Deserted Village of Feltville on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the fall foliage and learn all about the history of the village including the General Store, which also served as a Post Office and church for the residents of Feltville. No riding experience is necessary. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The fee is $60 for residents of Union County and $70 for non-county participants.
Mountainside, NJ – Adults, ages 18 and older, are invited to join a Watchung Stable riding instructor and a Trailside Nature and Science Center park naturalist on a walking trail ride through the Watchung Reservation to the Deserted Village of Feltville on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the fall foliage and learn all about the history of the village including the General Store, which also served as a Post Office and church for the residents of Feltville. No riding experience is necessary. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The fee is $60 for residents of Union County and $70 for non-county participants. Please call Trailside at 908-789-3670 for information on this unique program or visit us online at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and Watchung Stable is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Both facilities are services of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Mountainside, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Trailside Nature and Science Center and Watchung Stable are pleased to offer a guided trail ride in the Watchung Reservation and through the Deserted Village of Feltville for adults, ages 18 years and older, on Sunday, October 5 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

“A guided horseback-riding tour is an ideal way to enjoy the fall foliage in Union County’s largest park and learn about the history of the area at the same time,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada.

Experience this unique resource as a park naturalist from Trailside offers information on the history of the Deserted Village, archaeological remains and other features of the site. No riding experience is necessary. This ride will be a walking trail ride suitable for beginner riders.

At the end of the ride, light refreshments will be made available courtesy of the School Horses of Watchung (“SHOW”) Retirement Program. SHOW was developed by the Watchung Stable Auxiliary to further assist the school horses with their needs as they grow older and are no longer suited for the instructional program. Through the sale of quality t-shirts, collectible mugs and memorabilia, the SHOW program raises money to provide a dignified, healthy and comfortable retirement for the dedicated horses of Watchung Stable. Items may be available for purchase for those interested in supporting the program.

Please wear long pants and shoes or boots with heel. Helmets are recommended, but not provided or required. Meet at Watchung Stable, located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. In the event of rain, please call Watchung Stable at 908-789-3665 to find out if the ride has been postponed or cancelled.

The fee is $60 for residents of Union County and $70 for out-of-county participants. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please call Trailside for space availability and directions to the stable. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event for a brief orientation.

For additional information about this event or other upcoming programs and special events at Trailside, please call 908-789-3670 or visit us on the web at www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. Trailside Nature and Science Center and Watchung Stable are services of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Adults, ages 18 and older, are invited to join a Watchung Stable riding instructor and a Trailside Nature and Science Center park naturalist on a walking trail ride through the Watchung Reservation to the Deserted Village of Feltville on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the fall foliage and learn all about the history of the village including the General Store, which also served as a Post Office and church for the residents of Feltville. No riding experience is necessary. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The fee is $60 for residents of Union County and $70 for non-county participants.