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2019 Year in Review

This was an especially busy and productive year. Thanks to the support and guidance of our residents, the Park District completed an impressive list of projects and held events that we believe added to the enjoyment of those living in our unique village.

  • Donated $20,000 to Countryside School to purchase playground equipment suitable for kids of all physical abilities
  • Continued partnership with Barrington Area Tennis Association to promote youth tennis
  • Facilitated educational programs for youth and adults including the Saddle Club which introduces children to horses and riding
  • Planted many new native trees, shrubs and plants throughout the Riding Center Facility
  • Co-sponsored the “Tartans of the Trust” fundraiser for The Barrington Area Conservation Trust
  • Co-sponsored the “Hills are Alive” community family event
  • Co-sponsored the “Ignite the Night” event to support local conservation
  • Hosted the 2019 FRVPC Mini Event
  • Hosted the 2019 Horse Trials
  • Provided facilities and support for the BraveHearts Veterans’ Trail Ride
  • Hosted two new equestrian shows this summer; a Mini-Horse & Pony Show and a Dressage Schooling Show
  • Completed a wide range of safety, repair, and maintenance projects at the Riding Center including:
    • Installing rocks to beautify and stabilize drainage
    • Purchasing new stadium field jumps
    • Creating a “ditch jump” complex
  • Renovated the small house and garage at 364 Bateman Road which now offers:
    • An additional meeting facility
    • A kitchen for Sunny Sunday’s brunches and other events
    • An equestrian library
    • An area for the Park District Office
    • Storage for Park District equipment

Attention Trail Riders

Saturday Walk-Only Rides!

Members of the Barrington Hills Riding Club welcome all members and non-members for Walk-Only Trail Rides which start at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center, 361 Bateman Rd, Barrington Hills, IL, Saturdays at 11 AM.

The ride lasts approximately an hour and everyone is invited. We only walk the horses which allows for a leisurely ride through the Park District Property and trails in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. This is a great social event for the horses and the riders.
Riding Club of Barrington Hills Walk-Only Trail Rides are a great way for people to meet people and horses to meet horses.”
All are welcome. Please join us.

We meet at the wash rack and ride for about an hour. The ride is a great way for horses and riders to socialize. Helmets are required on Park District Property and Cook County Horse Tags and Rider licenses for riding on the Cook County Forest Preserve trails. Waiver forms for the Park District and Riding Club of Barrington Hills can be signed online at 

The schedule can be viewed at  .

View videos of trail rides taken with a 360 degree camera view. When looking at these, you can drag on the video image which allows you to look all around.

If you ride in the Spring Creek Forest Preserves, you must carry Cook County Forest Preserve tags. Applications for purchasing tags can be found on the Cook County Forest Preserves website. For your convenience we have provided a link to their site. Online Registration here

Attention Trail Riders

Riding Program for Children

The Saddle Club Program begins in March 2020! This is a unique opportunity for children who don’t have a horse to learn about riding and horsemanship. The program is held in the indoor arena at the Riding Center. This program offers six-week sessions exploring the world of horses. Sessions include riding, lessons in horse care, and just hanging out with horses and ponies right here in Barrington Hills.

Please contact Jill Zubak at or 312 925-1756 to reserve a spot – New session begins August 22, 2019

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