Summer is just around the corner and Union County’s Watchung Stable in Mountainside is busy preparing for the start of Summer Camp for young equestrians.

“Horseback riding has been a local treat for generations,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “Our Summer Camp program at 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. Classes are based upon riding ability as determined by the Watchung 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 Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There are nine weeks to choose from starting June 18th and ending the week of August 13th. Summer Camp will culminate with the Summer Camp Horse Show on August 17 in which all campers are eligible to participate. 

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During the camp, participants will have a chance to feel what it is like to own their own horse for a week. Grooming, tacking up, ring riding, trail riding and general care of horses will all be taught to each rider. A camp T-shirt will be given to every participant.

The cost to participate for Union County residents is $385 per week. Helmets and heeled boots are required and must be provided at the rider’s expense. Registration forms and fees must be submitted in-person at the Watchung Stable office, 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 facility of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For further information, and to obtain registration materials, call 908-789-3665 or email: stablequestions@ucnj.org