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Beginners Can Learn Horseback Riding at Union County's Watchung Stable

Watchung Stable campers prepare for their last day of summer camp with a trail ride and barbecue. These campers are among hundreds of other children who will participate in Watchung Stable’s Fall Troop Program. Watchung Stable is a facility of the Union County Department of Parks & Community Renewal, and is administered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For more information about the Fall Troop Program and other activities, please call 908-789-3665, or e-mail questions to

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.

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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 email


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