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Barbara Kendrick

Credited with suggesting the name “Putah Creek Council,” Barbara Kendrick was one of the earliest members of the original Steering Committee and our longest serving board member – 22 years! She and her friend, Ann Dyer-Bennett, helped with everything in the early years, from stuffing envelopes to working with landowners along Putah Creek to driving our expert witnesses to the courtroom during the litigation.

Barbara owned and managed the Happy Horse Riding School on County Road 96 and fell in love with Putah Creek while taking her horses for rides along and in the creek starting in the 1960s.  She continued to run the riding school from the early years of her involvement with Putah Creek Council through the litigation.  

Barbara served Putah Creek Council from the time she was in early 60s until her mid-80s. She is long-retired from her riding school days but is still a devoted and beloved supporter of Putah Creek Council.

Listen to Barbara's oral history recording below.

Read Barbara's oral history transcript.