Hunter trials to benefit the Fairfield Bridle Trails Association are scheduled Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport.

Highlights include hunt pairs and hunt-team classes, which reflect the group's roots in fox hunting, the association said.

The group is part of a partnership that maintains one of the last surviving bridle-trail networks in Fairfield County. Proceeds from Sunday's event will go toward trail maintenance and education about equine care and practice.

The cost for riders to participate in classes is $25. Spectators may attend for free.

The hunt club's polo field will be converted to hunt field with a course of fences for riders of various ages to navigate as their fox-hunting predecessors would have, sponsors said. Under-saddle classes and family classes will be offered. Junior classes are planned at 8 a.m. and adult classes at noon.

The trail association said spectators are welcome to watch the event from the shaded porch of the clubhouse. A snack bar will be open throughout the day, and a breakfast buffet will be available in the dining room from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A nonprofit organization founded in 1938, the trail association partners with private landowners, the town of Fairfield, the Aspetuck Land Trust and the Connecticut Audubon Society to maintain the trail network.

For more information, visit: www.fairfieldbridletrails.org.