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The Village Equestrian Commission will meet for the first time this year at 6:30 PM at Village Hall. A copy of their agenda and minutes from their last meeting on August 13, 2019 can be viewed and downloaded here.

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A monument at the entrance to Horizon Farms

For over ten years we have covering the ups and downs, and the ins and outs of the Horizon Farms legal sagas in Barrington Hills. Along the way, many newspaper articles have been published, and invariable they’ve included pictures of the property signs or the majestic main entrance to Horizon Farms with two horse statues greeting visitors as they enter (one of which is pictured above).

These photos became so familiar over the years that some readers gave the statues nicknames. There was Bob and Fritz, Patty and Karen; you name it, there was some name based invariable on local politics that people identified with those statues. Well, call them what you will today, they’ve disappeared.

As the photo below shows, old spotlights mark where the statues shone at night, but there are no horses, and that leads to the quandary of where they went. So if readers know the whereabouts of our Bob or Fritz (or both), please let us know!

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The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has changed how we interact with each other and care for our horses. Visit the resources page on The Horse for the latest information on:

  • Help for horse owners and how to help other horse owners during the pandemic;
  • State guidelines to prevent COVID-19 spread at equestrian facilities;
  • The economic impact of COVID-19 on the horse industry;
  • Equestrian event cancellations;
  • Feeding horses during reduced work;
  • And more!

Read more here.

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Barrington graduate Claire Voris, one of the best softball pitchers in school history, is pictured here in the John Marshall Wilderness in Washington state, an area burned out from a forest fire. She was evacuated approximately three times from the wilderness during the forest fire season. (Photo courtesy of Claire Voris)

Shortly after she earned her master’s degree two years ago in nonfiction writing at the University of Montana, Claire Voris was riding horses that pulled mules in the Montana wilderness.

I must say I was not totally surprised when I heard that news.

Back in high school, when she was an all-area pitcher for Barrington’s softball team, Voris also found time to unwind by riding bareback on neighborhood trails aboard her quarter horse named Babe.

“My mom (Tamara) and dad (Jim) always made it a priority of having a really deep appreciation for the outdoors,” said the 31-year-old Voris, one of the finest pitchers to step on the Fields of Dreams’ pitching mound.

“And also for the wildlife, the animals and pets in our lives.”

Today, Voris is an Events and Outreach Associate at the Great Peninsula Conservancy in Bremerton, Wash.

Read more here.

 

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The April 8th Barrington Hills Park Board Meeting will be held via video conferencing at 7:00 PM. A phone number and access code will be made available to the public 48 hours before the meeting for anyone wanting to observe or comment during the meeting.

The Park District will also take public comments by email or written submission and will read those comments at the public meeting.

Submit by email to: office@bhillsparkd.org

Mail to: BHPD, 364 Bateman Road, Barrington, IL 60010

 

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Saddle Up!

Barrington Hills Saddle Club teaches children the art of horsemanship

Starting in March and through October this year, Barrington Hills Saddle Club will offer four sessions for children ages six to 12. Classes meet on Thursdays after school from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. There will also be three-day camps on July 14, 15, and 17, with each class running from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Barrington Hills Park District, sessions will be held at the Barrington Hills Riding Center.

Saddle Club attendees will learn basic riding skills or enhance their current skill levels. Handling horses will also be taught with emphasis on safety, grooming, and tacking. Sessions will also include training on nutrition for horses, health, first-air, and bathing. The benefit of learning how to care for a horse builds a child’s self-confidence and encourages discipline. Children will also meet others who enjoy horses in the club.

Read more from Quintessential Barrington here.

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165 Algonquin Road

Trails and access roads at several Northwest suburban sites in the Forest Preserves of Cook County will receive trail and access road improvements in the next two years, officials announced.

The access road and parking upgrades include: 165 Algonquin Road near Barrington Hills $570,000 for design and improvements; Campground Road Woods near Des Plaines — $264,450 for design and improvements; Northwestern Woods near Des Plaines — $214,800 for design and improvements; Axehead Lake near Des Plaines — $343,600 for improvements; Busse Lake Boating Center No. 17 near Elk Grove Village — $399,800 for improvements; and Ned Brown Meadow near Elk Grove Village — $945,000 for design and improvements.

Planned trail improvements include: Deer Grove No. 1 to cul-de-sac near Palatine — $13,300 for design; Paul Douglas Trail near Hoffman Estates — $250,000 for improvements.

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Spring Creek Road

Autumn is a great time to ride a bike. The air is fresh but not too cold yet, the suburbs have plenty of good places to ride — and there will be a lot of colorful foliage to see.

So where are the best places to ride for fall colors? Here’s the Daily Herald’s top five:

At the very top of the list of the Herald’s suggestions for, “Ride around the neighborhood or on longer, bucolic roads on the outskirts?” Spring Creek Road:

“A tree and biking-road paradise. Check out Spring Creek Road; getting there is wonderful, too, but residents ask that you stay single file, please.”

Read the full Daily Herald article here,

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“Fifty-seven years ago, Emily McHugh left the traditions and southern style of Nashville, Tennessee for the Midwestern equestrian mecca of Barrington Hills.  

It was still customary in those days to extend letters of invitation to prospective guests. When George Van Hagen and his wife, Barbara, visited Nashville in 1961 for the Steeplechase Races, they met a dedicated young horsewoman named Emily Frazer Cullom, and suggested that she might enjoy a visit to their equestrian community in Barrington, Illinois. She could stay with them. Then-prevailing courtesies required that Emily’s mother receive a formal invitation for her daughter from the Van Hagens. Graciously offered to Mrs. Cullom, the letter was the signal for her daughter to step into a new environment, one with an equestrian history then barely 40 years old.”

Read the full Quintessential Barrington article here.

 

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The Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials run today though Sunday at the Barrington Hills Park District located at 361 Bateman Road.

For more information, click here.

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