Sunnyside Recreation Area, Middletown
628 Middletown-Lincroft Road
Middletown 732-224-1367

Photo of the interior of the barn at Sunnyside

The Equestrian Center

The center features an 18-stall stable, an outdoor instructional ring, and an 80’ x 200’ indoor arena that allows the Park System to offer year-round lessons. To learn more about lessons, click here

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

This program is dedicated to helping people with physical and cognitivePhoto of a horse at Sunnyside Equestrain Center disabilities achieve their personal goals through horseback riding.  The experience of riding a horse provides physical, emotional and psychological stimuli.  Meeting for 30 minutes each week, students work to improve balance, muscle tone, posture and more. More than a dozen carefully chosen and specially trained horses participate in the program. Many of them have been donated.  For information about donating a horse to the program, please call 732-224-1367.


Special People United to Ride partners with the Park System to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a therapeutic riding program. Established in 1981, SPUR has raised funds for the construction of the Equestrian Center, student scholarships, acquisition of therapy horses, purchase of special riding equipment and training of instructors. For more information, visit




Garden State Parkway to Exit 109. Southbound, turn right onto Rt. 520 west (Newman Springs Road); Northbound, turn left onto Rt. 520 west. Continue to Middletown-Lincroft Road. Turn right and continue 2 miles to entrance on right.