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Enjoy a Mother’s Day Guided Horseback Ride in Union County’s Watchung Reservation

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Enjoy Mother’s Day in a special way! Union County’s Watchung Stable offers two special Mother’s Day guided trail rides in the Watchung Reservation on Sunday, May 8, at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for everyone nine years of age or older.

“The Watchung Reservation is a 2,000-acre park that offers everyone a chance to experience the natural beauty of a forest,” said Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan, liaison to the Union County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “Horseback riding in the Watchung Reservation is a real treat. You see so much of the park as well as get some exercise!”

Riders must register in advance and in person for these rides and payment is required at the time of registration, beginning April 26 at 9 a.m. The cost for a Union County resident is $28 per person. The Mother’s Day ride is $39 per person for out-of-county participants.

No experience is necessary; these rides are held at a walking pace only. After each ride, the Watchung Stables Auxiliary will provide light refreshments in the Stable’s assembly room.

Watchung Stable also offers guided trail rides that are held on Sundays at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., and on Thursday nights at 6:45 p.m., weather permitting. Visitors are accommodated on a first come, first served basis on Sundays; reservations are required for Thursday nights. Experience is not required. The cost of a trail ride is the rental fee: in county, $28; out-of-county, $39.

Private trail rides are also available for individuals or parties up to 10 people. The cost is the rental fee plus an additional $30 for a private instructor. These rides are scheduled at mutually convenient times on weekends, weekdays or evenings. Please call to schedule your ride today!

The trail rides and Mother’s Day rides are held at Watchung Stable, 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, call (908) 789-3665 during normal office hours or email questions Watchung Stable is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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