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Beginners Are Encouraged to Learn Horseback Riding at Union County’s Watchung Stable

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Autumn will be here in a few weeks and Union County’s Watchung Stable is busy preparing for a new season of Watchung Mounted Troop riding lessons.

“Horseback riding in the Watchung Reservation is a real treat and our lesson program at the Watchung Stable is a great way to learn how to ride,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Watchung Stable has been in existence since 1935, and I am proud to say that more than 40,000 girls and boys have participated in this wonderful program.”

All applicants for riding lessons must be nine years of age or older. 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.

Riding classes are held Tuesdays through Saturdays. Fall Troop lessons will last for ten weeks beginning Sept. 3 and will culminate with the Fall Troop Horse Show. The cost to participate begins at $255 for ten classes, and varies with Union County residency status and troop assignment. 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, also beginning the week of Sept. 3. Adult lessons are an eight-week program available on Sundays at 12:45 p.m. or Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Beginner through advanced lessons are available on both days.

Registration forms and fees must be submitted in-person at the Watchung Stable, which is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For further information, and to obtain registration materials, call (908) 789-3665 or