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Horizon 2021

“The northern section of Horizon Farm is open to the public for activities like hiking, birding, photography and cross country-skiing.

Please note: There are no official trails open at this time. The remaining property is scheduled to open to equestrians and others in 2022. View a map of the open area (PDF).”

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  A copy of their agenda can viewed here.

Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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The Equestrian Commission will hold a special meeting tomorrow at 6:30 PM to review, and perhaps vote on, a draft of the, “Equestrian Trail License,” text amendment to our village code.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

We’ll reserve comments until it reaches the Board of Trustees (as difficult as that may be).

Related:September Riding Club newsletter released

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The Riding Club of Barrington Hills (RCBH) recently released their September, 2021 newsletter. One of the sections provides an “update” on the August meeting of the Village Equestrian Commission regarding, Equestrian Trail Licenses:

“The Equestrian Commission met on the 19th of August to discuss the continued need for the Equestrian Trail Licenses issued by the Village for the purpose of riding on the Village deeded easement trails. 

By Ordinance in June in 2005, certain trails traversing private land in the Village exist as easements recorded in favor of the Village. The easements are generally in and around the newer subdivisions in the Village where the Village and the Equestrian Commission worked successfully with developers subdividing tracts of land to protect the continuity of the trail network and to maintain the unique character of the Village. Easement trails are maintained by the RCBH.  As set forth in Title 6 and Section 8-5 of the Village Code, equestrian use of easement trails is allowed solely by licenses issued by the Village of Barrington Hills. 

There is an ongoing discussion with a need for further information. As soon as the Equestrian Commission has that information a date will be determined for the next meeting.”

In other words, they’d rather not reveal anything that was discussed. No surprise.

A copy of the RCBH newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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bhpd-logo-2-2021The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in-person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM.  Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Outdoor arena bid status
  • Review of IGA/Horizon Farms status, and
  • Review final draft of Fox River Valley Hunt’s Cooperative Agreement with the Park District

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here.

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The Riding Club of Barrington Hills has released their August, 2021 newsletter.  A section includes definitions of three major types of riding trails in the Village and Cook County as:

  • Trails on private property
  • Village deeded equestrian trails, and
  • Forest Preserve trails

A copy of their newsletter can be viewed and downloaded here.

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two-horsesThe Equestrian Commission meets this evening for the first time in a year at 6:30 PM. The agenda the commission submitted (and NO, we are NOT kidding) is as follows:

  • Public comments
  • [Vote] Minutes – June 1, 2020 (None providedas of this posting)
  • Old Business As presented (None presented as of this posting)
  • New Business As presented (None presented as of this posting)
  • Adjournment

Click here to view and download the agenda as submitted.

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TeaselPer the BHPD:

“Calling ALL VBH Volunteers for a Teasel Attack at both the Horizon Farm Forest Preserve and the Forest Preserve at the SE Corner of Bateman Road and route 62 on Saturday, June 5th. We meet at the ‘Hunt House’ (small grey house at the north end of the Barrinton Hills Park District property and park anywhere you find a spot) at 9:15am. Instruction will be given before we depart with my designated “Drivers” at 9:30 am SHARP.

Both targeted fields used to be outstanding places for equine riding enjoyment and can be again if we can stop the Teasel and other obvious invasive  from spreading any further! THIS IS THE YEAR to eradicate before the Teasel spreads any further along route 62. The wind from traffic and the IDOT cuttings forward the seeds more every year and it is now along every major highway in the northwest suburbs.

Cook County Forest Preserve has given unprecedented permission for us to have June 5th as our workday. You will want to wear sturdy shoes, protective pants (jeans preferable), and a shirt material that won’t collect burr seeds on it. Bring a pair of loppers, heavy or plasticized work gloves, and if possible heavy duty snippers. Those seed heads are going to have some stray seeds & we won’t want any to fall to the ground. Safety vests & bags will be provided for carefully snipping the seed heads and any berries directly into. We can leave canes and debris stacked in the open for nature to reclaim the vitamins. Wear sunscreen and consider wearing a full, wide-brimmed hat to ward off ticks.

Jimmy John’s subs will be provided to your work spot if we haven’t finished by shortly after twelve. If we have finished, you can grab & go with your Driver back to your car. Please bring your own water!

The Rain Date will be on June 6th, same time.

I need to know in advance who plans to attend in order to share important updates so please TEXT me with your name and cell # ASAP: 847-381-9487 ~. Feel free to share this info and encourage your friends and neighbors to participate; it’s a good way to meet others. Non-Residents are definitely WELCOME​!!! P DENISE ISRAEL”

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OBH Capture

As previously reported, Brian Cecola has likely won the race for Village President (See “Cecola headed for victory in Barrington Hills president race”).

Here are the unofficial results for Village Board of Trustees:

  • David Riff  445
  • Thomas W. Strauss 428
  • Laura S. Ekstrom 467
  • Robert M Zubak 366
  • Brent Joseph Burval 349
  • Paula Jacobsen 389

County totals are seen below:


Cook County


Kane County

Lake Results

Lake County

McHenry Resilts

McHenry County

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With so many candidates running for various offices, we’d like to remind readers of the candidates The Barrington Hills Observer wholeheartedly endorses:


If you haven’t already, Please Vote tomorrow! 

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