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Cook County, 34 miles NW of the Loop, Fanning out over the four counties of Lake, Cook, Kane, and McHenry, the
Horse Community of Barrington Hills, at 28.6 square miles, is geographically among the largest in Illinois.
Property owners enjoy expansive vistas on minimum five-acre sites where both farming and horse raising are
At the turn of the century, executives working in Chicago sought the quiet and openness that the Horse Communities
of Barrington Hills offered. Many of the rolling farms subdivided into large estates where owners turned from
agriculture to horse breeding and riding. By the 1920s residents began marking bridle paths. The Fox River Valley
Hunt Club, founded in the late 1930s, aided in continuing the system of trails which traversed both private
properties and forest preserve land. By the late 1980s over 70 miles of paths could be found.
The Barrington Horse Show began in 1945. It was held on various estates until 1965, when the 15-acre Barrington
Countryside Riding Center became its permanent home. The village is home to Hill 'N Dale Farms, belonging to
Richard Duchossois, owner of the Arlington Racetrack, and Bill McGinley's Horizons Farms, which exalt the
equestrian flavor of the community. The community's identification with horses can be seen in names like Broncos
and Colts for school teams, stores catering to saddlery and riding outfits, and subdivisions with names such as
Saddlewood and Steeplechase and roads such as Bridlewood Trail and Surrey Court.
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