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

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Treat your mom to a special event this Mother’s Day when you take her for a ride in the beautiful Watchung Reservation. Union County’s Watchung Stable offers two special Mother’s Day guided trail rides on Sunday, May 12, at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. for riders 9 years of age or older.

“The Watchung Reservation is a 2,000-acre park that offers everyone a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of a forest, right in Mountainside!” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “And for those who like horseback riding, you’ll see plenty of Union County’s largest park while getting some fresh air and exercise, too.”

Registration has begun for the special Mother’s Day rides, so don’t wait until the last minute to make plans. You need to register in person for these rides at the Watchung Stable office, 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Payment is required at the time of registration. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. daily. The cost for Union County residents is $32 per person and $45 for out-of-county riders. No experience is necessary; these rides are held at a walking pace only. After each ride, the Watchung Stable Auxiliary will provide light refreshments in the Watchung Stable assembly room.

Watchung Stable also offers guided trail rides on Saturdays at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Weekend afternoon trail riders aged 9 years and older are accommodated on a first-come first-served basis, weather permitting. Experience is not required. The cost of these trail rides is $32 for Union County residents and $45 for out-of-county riders.

Private trail rides also are available for individuals or parties up to approximately 15 people. The cost is the regular rental fee plus an additional $32 for the private instructor. These private rides are scheduled at mutually convenient times on weekdays and weekends.  Please call to schedule your ride today!

The Mother’s Day Rides and the other guided trail rides originate at Watchung Stable, located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. For more information, call 908-789-3665 during normal office hours or E-mail questions to Watchung Stable is a facility of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.


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