Children’s Troop

The Watchung Troop program will:

  1. Introduce participants to the lifelong recreational activity of horseback riding.
  2. Teach basic knowledge and fundamentals of good horsemanship.
  3. Encourage good sportsmanship and friendship.
  4. Teach the English style of riding according to the accepted standards of hunt seat equitation.

INSTRUCTION is a “do-it-yourself” technique. Experienced instructors explain and demonstrate, but each trooper is in control of his or her own mount. Troopers are assigned to squads according to their riding ability as determined by the Stable management. New members with previous riding experience will be asked to exhibit their riding ability prior to squad placement. Horses are specially selected for squads based upon their suitability to a particular level of riding. Troopers will ride a different horse each week and will experience a variety of sizes and temperaments.

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WATCHUNG JUNIOR TROOPS

For Boys and Girls 9 years of age and older with or without previous riding experience. All new members must present a birth certificate and proof of residence.

Type Rate Family Discount
Jr. Troop County Residents $300.00 $285.00
Jr. Troop Non-County Residents $390.00 $375.00
Beginners (D4) County Residents $255.00  
Beginners (D4) Non-County $350.00  

 

Troop # Day Time Riding Ratings
13 Tuesday 3:45pm All
15 Tuesday 4:45pm All
19 Wednesday 3:45pm All
19 Wednesday 3:45pm All
17 Wednesday 4:45pm 3rd & 4th squads
6 Thursday 3:45pm All
7 Thursday 4:45pm All
8 Friday 3:45pm All
18 Friday 4:45pm 3rd & 4th squads
21 Saturday 9:30pm All
2 Saturday 10:30am All
9 Saturday 11:30am All

JUNIOR OR SENIOR TROOP MEMBERSHIP is for ten lessons of riding instruction, one lesson per week. Refunds will only be given prior to the second lesson of the troop. If there is a refund made, there is a *$35.00 administrative charge plus the per diem cost per lesson taken. Lessons are seldom canceled due to weather. Troopers must have appropriate clothing available. If severe weather occurs, troop will be canceled one hour prior to the ride. Postponed lessons will be added to the end of the season, generally at the usual day and time. Should a member be unable to attend a scheduled lesson, a credit will be issued ONLY if the Stable is notified at least two (2) hours in advance.

CREDIT POLICY: Only 2 credits will be given for missed classes. Credits can be used to make up the session in another class or for ring rentals only. They will not be accepted for private lessons or clinics.

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WATCHUNG SENIOR TROOPS

For Boys and Girls 9 years of age and older with previous riding experience. Troopers must have achieved a riding rating of “A” or higher. Class time 4:45-6:00 PM.

 

*COST:

  • County Residents: $350.00
  • Non-County Residents: $450.00
Troop # Day Time
5 Wednesday 4:45pm
3 Friday 4:45pm

Please note: There is no discount for any Sr. Troop Classes including a second Sr. Troop Class.

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WATCHUNG ADULT TROOPS

Adult Troop Membership is for people 18 years of age or older and is offered for eight, one-hour rides on Tuesday morning and Sunday afternoon.

*COST:

  • County Residents: $300.00
  • Non-County Residents: $390.00

Refunds will only be given prior to the second lesson of the troop. There will be a *$35.00 administrative charge if a refund is made. Should a member be unable to attend a scheduled lesson, a credit will be issued ONLY if the Stable is notified at least two (2) hours in advance. A maximum of two credits will be issued for each riding season

A riding helmet and shoes or boots with a heel are required.

Students will be placed in one of the following riding classifications based on experience and the Stable management’s determination:

  • Beginner (BEG)
  • Advanced Intermediate (AI)
  • Advanced Beginner (AB)
  • Advanced (ADV)
  • Intermediate (INT)
Day Time Riding Ratings
Sunday 12:45pm All
Tuesday 10:00am All

*All fees are subject to change, approval and adoption by

Ordinance by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders