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Watchung Stable

In consideration of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 in New Jersey, Watchung Stable will be closed to the public for two weeks beginning Friday, March 13. All scheduled classes and events are cancelled, and drop-in visitors are not permitted. Persons who board horses at the stable will be allowed regular access in order to care for their horses, and must adhere to basic guidelines for preventing person-to-person spread of the virus, including frequent hand washing and social distancing. At this time there is no evidence that horses can contract COVID-19. Boarders will receive written instructions from Watchung Stable staff regarding guidelines for COVID-19 prevention, and may contact the stable at 908-789-3665 for additional information.

Located in the Watchung Reservation, Union County’s Watchung Stable has a long and rich heritage. Owned and operated by the County since 1933, its goal is to provide the opportunity to learn how to ride, enhance equestrian skills or just enjoy the natural beauty of the 26 miles of bridle paths that weave through the Reservation, a 2,000-acre forest preserve.

The Watchung Stable complex consists of a main barn which houses nearly 100 County and privately owned horses, four riding rings, a show ring and an outside hunter course. A state-of-the-art facility, it is barrier-free and includes an isolation barn, paddocks, and a substantial hay and straw storage area.

The administration building includes, a general assembly room and a tack shop. Visitors are welcome to tour the facility at their leisure during regular business hours. Scheduled guided tours and programs are available for Girl/Boy Scouts, pre-schoolers, senior citizens, and organizations serving people with disabilities.