Fiddlers Crossing is pleased to announce that they have added a second show this Sunday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m., at the BeeKay Theatre for "Winterdance" with Molly's Revenge, featuring Christa Burch on vocals and the Rosemary Turco Irish dancers from San Jose.
Tehachapi is horse county -- just ask anyone.
And as a horse community, there are few sidewalks outside of the city's downtown area. Away from the city, concrete gives way to wide open spaces dotted with sturdy oaks and twisted sage, shrouding the countryside's miles of equine friendly trail systems. The trails boast varying levels of difficulty -- from flat meadows to high mountain terrain.
Since it first opened its doors in 2005, the Second Chance Ranch in Brite Valley has been living up to its namesake, rescuing and rehabilitating, and in some cases finding loving homes for more than 90 abused or abandoned horses.
Run by Wendy and Randy Kreps, along with family, friends and volunteers, the ranch, tucked away off Cummings Valley Road, is devoted to its mission to rescue those animals in need, and is currently rehabilitating just under 20 residents, ranging from retired race horses to ponies.
What do Olympic gold medalist David O'Connor and Phillip Dutton, along with 2008 Summer Olympics' silver medalist Gina Miles and bronze medalist Amy Tryon have in common?
They all started their careers in The United States Pony Club, an international youth organization devoted to educating kids about the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.
Chuck Lewter, breeder of champion registered Clydesdales, said his work in Tehachapi is all but done. A local resident since 1988, Lewter said he plans to retire from his job with the fire department and move his five remaining Clydesdales to a 43-acre ranch he purchased in Greenfield, Mo.
In February, John and Jill Nelson will celebrate their five year anniversary as owners of the Bar Double J Supplies tack store, currently located at 117 S. Mill St. Before opening up their storefront, the Nelsons sold horse supplies out of the back of their truck.
One of the most reliable places to see birds in the Tehachapi area is at Brite Lake. This reservoir, which stores water from the State Water Project, and the habitat that surrounds it attract waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds, as well as the raptors that prey on them. And it isn't just in spring or summer -- in fact, there are more migratory waterfowl visiting Brite Lake in the winter than at any other time of the year.
I just passed my 80th birthday. Seems impossible. But that's what the calendar says. All of my ID says date of birth, 11/16/34. And we had the party, and some folks made smart remarks about my age. So I guess I'm stuck with it. It does present an opportunity to think about where I've come from, what my life is about, and the world as I see it.
Our horses stand calmly waiting their turn with the horseshoer. Their bored expressions remind me of patients at the dentist's office.
Thank you for joining the Tehachapi News in celebrating the horse. I hope you enjoy this collection of stories about local horses and horsepeople.
College Community Services -- The Learning Center, located at 107 S. Mill St., Ste. "B", offers free classes for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness or substance abuse and mental illness. The Learning Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The following classes and activities will be offered during the month of December:
* Advocating for Self -- Learn how to be more independent and the skills to locating recovery resources.
Sighs! Laughter! Applause! All of these were heard throughout the evening in the Golden Hills Elementary cafeteria as 4th and 5th grade students competed at the District Oral Language Festival on Nov. 18.