Barrington Horse Country

Fox River Valley Pony Club Summer Camp


Written By Lisa Stamos | Photography by Ariel Majewski

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The Fox River Valley Pony Club offers Barrington’s youth and their families a way to connect and learn through its horsemanship programs that are shared across the United States with 10,000 other members. The United States Pony Club, founded in 1954, is based on the model of the Pony Club of Great Britain, and is headquartered in Lexington, Ky. Like its international parent organization, the Fox River Valley Pony Club teaches responsible horse care, horsemanship, respect of horses, and proper riding skills. The word “pony” in the United States does not refer to the type of horse allowed in the club, but instead to the fact that its members are required to be younger than 21 years of age when they join the club.

Enjoy these scenes from this year’s Pony Club Camp, where members receive professional training in the ring to work toward certifications and better riding skills. Also, president of the newly-elected President of the Masters of the Foxhounds Association (MFHA), MFH Tony Leahy visited the Pony Club Camp in June to bring hounds and young members together for some trail walking before a club dinner was served.