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Sign Up Now for Horseback Riding Classes at Union County’s Watchung Stable; Open Registration Begins Wednesday, July 6

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – While most of us are preoccupied with summer plans, the staff at Union County’s Watchung Stable in Mountainside is busy preparing for the start of next season’s horseback riding lessons. Now is the time for beginners and returning riders to register for fall classes at Watchung Stable.

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

Registration begins Wednesday, July 6. All applicants for riding lessons must be nine years of age or older. Fall Troop begins the week of September 6, and culminates with the Fall Troop Horse Show. The cost to participate begins at $231 for ten classes, and varies with Union County residency status and troop assignment. Classes are held Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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. Uniforms and helmets are required and must be provided at the rider’s expense.

Watchung Stable also features adult lessons, for people 18 years of age and older, beginning the week of September 6. Classes for adults are available Sundays at 12:45 p.m., and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Adult lessons are an eight-week program on either Sunday or Tuesday morning. Beginners through advanced lessons are available on both days.

Registration forms and fees must be submitted in-person at Watchung Stable, located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Office hours are 9 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. daily. Watchung Stable is a facility of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For further information, and to obtain registration materials, call (908) 789-3665 or email:

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Now is the time to register for horseback riding classes at Union County’s Watchung Stable in Mountainside. The autumn class sessions for beginners (ages 9 and older) and experienced riders begin the week of Sept. 6. For registration information, call Watchung Stable at 908-789-3665 or email: