The pinnacle of eventing in the Midwest!
For five decades, the Fox River Valley Pony Club (FRVPC) with the support of an entire community, has helped organize, host and support the FRVPC Horse Trials – a Nationally recognized three-day Eventing competition - “the triathlon of Equestrian Sports”.
This event is the largest community event in the Barrington Hills area, bringing together over 1000 people as officials, competitors, volunteers, and spectators from around the Chicagoland area and across the United States.
Celebrate 50 Years of Eventing with us!!
Comparable to a human triathlon, Eventing is an exciting spectator sport and one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines. With a long history of fifty years FRVPC Horse Trials gives riders an opportunity to ride in qualifying competition for National and International Team opportunities.
The Olympic Sport of Eventing
The Fox River Valley Pony Club
The Fox River Valley Pony Club is a 501c3 educational organization whose mission is to develop character, leadership, confidence, and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports. A lifelong appreciation for the importance of community and the preservation of open spaces is developed as members participate in Pony Club lessons, competitions, and service projects.
The Spring Creek Forest Preserve is protected through the preservation of its exclusive use as equestrian & pedestrian only park land. This is made possible by an agreement and partnership between the Barrington Hills Park District and the Cook County Forest Preserve, through which FRVPC assumed responsibility for much of the related land management.
The funds generated by the events are used in ways that benefit the entire community. Fundraising efforts secure the sustainability of the Horse Trials and Mini Event. Profits support the educational programs of the FRVPC and the preservation and management of the Spring Creek Forest Preserve – insuring an enduring community legacy.
The Olympic Sport of Eventing
Comparable to a human triathlon, Eventing is an exciting spectator sport and one of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines. Eventing is divided into three phases: dressage, cross-country and show jumping which are usually held over the course of three days, testing the horse and rider in three very different and challenging disciplines. These exciting competitions involve riders young and old, local as well as from surrounding states, those new to the sport as well as nationally ranked equestrians.
With a long history spanning five decades, The Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials remains the only nationally recognized equestrian competition in the Barrington area. In 2020, The Fox River Pony Club Horse Trials celebrates its 50th anniversary!
FRVPC HT is again hosting the FEI (Federation Equestre International) CCI** Division. The goal in adding these divisions is to give riders in the Midwest an opportunity to ride in qualifying competition for National and International Team opportunities - qualifying divisions that are not available anywhere else in the Midwest. To add to the excitement, we are thrilled that Jay Hambly – International course designer and builder for the upcoming 2020 Olympic games has agreed to be the course designer for our cross-country this year!
One event, three disciplines - Eventing "the triathlon of equestrians sports" is the ultimate test of partnership between horse and rider
DRESSAGE is held Friday in the outdoor arena and grass fields. It tests the gaits, suppleness and obedience of the horse through a series of prescribed movements (the dressage test)
CROSS-COUNTRY on Saturday is the second phase and highlight of eventing, Horses and riders gallop over miles of challenging terrain, while negotiating remarkable natural obstacles, water hazards, banks and ditches.
SHOW JUMPING is the final phase held on Sunday. It brings the energy and precision of jumping back to the outdoor stadium. Riders and horses test their athletic ability, conditioning and training as they soar over obstacles.
Fox River Valley Pony Club
Pony Club is an international educational organization devoted to educating youth and adults about horses and riding. Pony Club is the largest equestrian organization in the world and exists in over 30 countries worldwide.
Fox River Valley Pony Club was founded in 1963 and for 57 years has been educating and inspiring all generations to develop a sense of responsibility and respect for themselves, others, and their equine partners. The skills, habits and values instilled through horsemanship provide tools to succeed not only in equestrian sport but in life. Handling, riding and caring for a horse helps promote such positive character traits as accountability, patience, self-discipline, self-confidence, empathy, and kindness. Pony Club instills the values of teamwork and volunteerism.
FRVPC will soon celebrate its 60th Anniversary. Over the years, several team and individual gold medals have been earned by members in the prestigious North American Young Riders program. Our Club has produced alumni who have received top national rankings and have competed, earning top honors, at international levels in Equestrian sports. Pony Club rallies, the FRVPC Mini Event and FRVPC Horse Trials are where these success stories began. Our alums have achieved great success in professional careers both within and outside of the horse industry. Many are now respected members of our community and continue to support the mission of the FRVPC and the FRVPC Horse Trials.
The FRVPC Horse Trials in June and the FRVPC Mini Event in May hosted by the FRVPC are held at the Barrington Hills Park District and over the adjacent Spring Creek Forest Preserve.
The Fox River Valley Pony Club and the running of these two events play a vital role in protecting the Spring Creek Forest Preserve and uniting the community to preserve a legacy and lifestyle unique to our area.
The Spring Creek Forest Preserve is protected through the preservation of its exclusive use as equestrian & pedestrian only park land. This is made possible by an intergovernmental agreement and partnership between the Barrington Hills Park District and the Cook County Forest Preserve, through which the Fox River Valley Pony Club assumed responsibility for much of the related land management, all of the maintenance of the equestrian trails over which the event is run, and in turn, the preservation of the unique equestrian nature of the Forest Preserve. Part of the work of the club involves clearing invasive species which contributes to the restoration of native plants and animals in the Forest Preserve. This forest preserve, with the Barrington Hills Riding center as its primary access point, serves as a “hub” of the trail system in Barrington Hills.
The FRVPC Horse Trials & Mini Event serve to unite the community in support of the Sport of Eventing in the Midwest, the educational mission of the Fox River Valley Pony Club while playing a critical role in the preservation of open space in the unique area of Barrington Hills