Bergen County is 1 mile across the river from Manhattan. I bet you don’t expect horseback riding here. Not next to New York City of course. You are in for a happy surprise because Bergen County has great horseback riding.
There are excellent County run and private stables all over Bergen County. No matter where you own a home, riding a horse is not far away. Horseback riding is also year round weather permitting.
The County itself has 2 terrific facilities – Bergen Equestrian Center in Leonia and Saddle Ridge Riding Center in Franklin Lakes. You can board horses, take lessons or just enjoy a ride. Both have summer camps and programs for younger folks.
Want to book a pony party for a child’s birthday? Check out Ironside Farm in Paramus. Ironside Farm is on the Bergen County website because it’s conveniently located in Van Saun County Park. They also offer pony rides and a summer camp for children.
Pony Power Therapies is a non-profit organization in Mahwah giving children and adults who are at risk or have special needs a unique opportunity to ride, care for and interact with horses.
Winter Haven Equestrian Center is a family run operation. It is located on the western edge of the county in Oakland. You can board your horse, enjoy a ride or take lessons in competitive and recreational riding. In addition to an acre outdoor sand arena there is an indoor riding arena ideal for year round riding.Rockleigh Equestrian Centre is at the northeastern end of Bergen County in Rockleigh. Their website has a separate section for adults, teens and kids. You will find lessons, boarding, a summer riding program and even supervised cross country jumps for qualified riders.
Both Winter Haven and Rockleigh offer leasing programs. If you’re not committed to owning a horse but want more than a training pony, this may be right up your alley.
Ramapo Saddlery has everything you need to outfit yourself and your horse. From boots to horse treats it’s a great tack shop that also has other sportswear and exercise items too.
Horseback riding is just another reason why Bergen County is such a great place to live.