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Beginners Are Encouraged to Learn Horseback Riding With Union County’s Watchung Mounted Troop

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Autumn will be here before we know it, and Union County’s Watchung Stable is busy preparing for the start of riding lessons.

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

All applicants 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.

Classes are held Tuesdays through Saturdays. Fall Troop will last for ten weeks beginning September 2, 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 beginning the week of Sept. 2 for people 18 years of age and older. Classes for adults are available on Sundays at 12:45 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10 a.m.  Adult lessons are an 8 week program on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Beginner through advanced lessons are available on both days.

Registration forms and fees must be submitted in-person, at the Watchung Stable, 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. Watchung Stable is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For further information about horseback riding lessons, and to obtain registration materials, call 908-789-3665 or e-mail