Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 28, 2011

‘Kiddie Clinics’ about Horses Are Offered at Watchung Stable Beginning Jan. 14

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Children from the ages of three to eight are welcome to come to  Watchung Stable in Mountainside this winter to enjoy specialized non-riding mini-clinics to expand their knowledge of horses. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal, the clinics will be held on three Saturdays: Jan. 14, Feb. 4, and Feb. 18.

“We are glad to sponsor programs that are focused on different equestrian topics for young children,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “There’s no riding involved in these clinics, but the children enjoy learning about horses and actually grooming the horses.”

Children ages three to eight can enjoy a hands-on grooming session with Watchung Stable’s resident horses. “Just the Two of Us” grooming sessions are included so a parent and child can participate together. Each session will last one hour. The clinics will be held in the barn or the lecture area of the stable and are designed to include parents and children who have never ridden before.

The Kiddie Clinics about horses will be offered as follows:

  • Jan. 14: 9-10 a.m. Mini-Grooming: for children ages 6-8;
  • Jan. 14: 10-11 a.m. Colorful World of Horses: children ages 6-8 learn about different breeds;
  • Jan. 14: 11-12 p.m. Just the Two of Us: mini-grooming for children ages 3-5 with a parent.
  • Feb. 4: 9-10 a.m. Mini-Grooming: for children ages 6-8;
  • Feb. 4: 10-11 a.m. Colorful World of Horses: children 6-8 learn about different breeds;
  • Feb. 4: 11-12 p.m. Just the Two of Us: mini-grooming for children ages 3-5 with a parent.
  • Feb. 18: 9-10 a.m. Mini-Grooming: for children ages 6-8;
  • Feb. 18: 10-11 a.m. Colorful World of Horses: children 6-8 learn about different breeds;
  • Feb. 18: 11-12 p.m. Just the Two of Us: mini-grooming for children ages 3-5 with a parent.

Space is limited and in-person pre-registration is required at Watchung Stable, located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. The cost is $10 per person for each clinic. For more information, call Watchung Stable at 908-789-3665, or e-mail your questions to stablequestions@ucnj.org

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