The Essex Equestrian Center—also known over the years as the Woodland Riding Club, the Montclair Riding Club and the Suburban Essex Equestrian Center—is set to close Monday, Dec. 19 in West Orange, NJ.
For the past 20 years, the facility, known for its lesson program—a starting point for many equestrians in the area—has been run by the Hall family. In a statement, they said:
“We have been the starting place for kids and adults alike to find a passion and form irreplaceable bonds with other riders, trainers, and horses. From the very start of meeting the riders, pairing them together with our amazing horses, and watching the breath-taking growth and success they all achieve, has made our hearts so full. It breaks our hearts to announce that Essex Equestrian Center will be closing its doors for good.”
EEC offered everything from camp to showing and an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team.
“All of our horses will be re-homed to only the best of homes and our older herd of ponies and horses will be going to retirement to enjoy a big grass field that they so deserve,” the statement said.