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86th Annual Spring Troop Show Highlights Local Riders

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites everyone to come out to Union County’s Watchung Stable, located in the Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, and enjoy the 86th Annual Spring Troop Show beginning on Friday, May 24.

“The equestrian arts have been a Union County tradition since 1933, and the Freeholder Board is very proud to continue Watchung Stable as an affordable, inclusive resource for residents of all skill levels,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

The Spring Troop Show features riding competition events throughout the weekend, with trophies awarded to the best in a number of equestrian categories. Competition will take place for pre-teens, teenagers and adults.

This year’s events begin on Friday, May 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days.

On Saturday, there will also be a special drill team performance at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Admission to the Spring Troop Show is free, however, please note that no dogs will be allowed on the premises during the show.

Watchung Stable is located at 1160 Summit Lane in Mountainside. The facility is run by the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation.

One of the few public riding stables remaining in New Jersey, Watchung Stable offers both indoor and outdoor riding, including 26 miles of bridle paths in the Watchung Stables.

Visitors are welcome to tour the facility any time during regular business hours. Scheduled guided tours and programs are also available for Scouts, pre-schools, senior citizens, and organizations serving people with disabilities, and birthday party bookings are available for children under age 9.

For more information about riding lessons, equestrian programs, or visiting the stable complex, call Watchung Stable at 908-789-3665, e-mail, or visit online at


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