FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2011
Contact: Tom Plante, (908) 527-4746
Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419

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


MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Spring will be here before you know it, and Union County’s Watchung Stable is busy preparing for the start of horseback riding lessons. Now is the time to register for the upcoming spring series of classes.

“Horseback riding in the Watchung Reservation is a real treat,” said Freeholder Daniel Sullivan, liaison to the Union County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “Our lesson program at Watchung Stable is a great way to learn how to ride. I am proud to say that more than 40,000 girls and boys have participated in this wonderful program since it began in 1935.”

Registration is now in progress for spring classes at Watchung Stable. 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. Spring Troop will last for ten weeks beginning March 18, and will culminate with the Spring Troop Horse Show.

Watchung Stable also features adult lessons, for people 18 years of age and older beginning the week of March 20. Classes for adults are available on Sundays at 12:45 p.m. and on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

The cost to participate begins at $231 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.orgstablequestions@ucnj.org.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Megan Foley of Clark, 15, rides Chowder in a Watchung Stable Troop Show in Mountainside. Megan, who has been riding since she was nine years old, is among 500 other children who will participate in the Watchung Stable Troop Program this spring. Watchung Stable, a facility of the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal, is administered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For more information about registering for horseback riding lessons or other programs at Watchung Stable, please call 908-789-3665, or e-mail questions to stablequestions@ucnj.orgstablequestions@ucnj.org.