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December 24, 2012 (Lemon Grove) --The distant hoof beats of America's ancestral horses echo across the centuries into the living present in a thrilling presentation by Kathleen Hayden, president of Coyote Canyon Caballos d'Anza, scheduled for the "History Alive" series, hosted by the Lemon Grove Historical Society, on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.

Founded in 2004 by Robert and Kathleen Hayden, the nonprofit Coyote Canyon organization, headquartered in Santa Ysabel, is restoring San Diego's only Heritage Herd of wild horses to their historic habitat.

The complex genetic project is advised by Dr. Gus Cothran of the Equine Genetics Lab at Texas A&M University and conducted in partnership with the U.S Bureau of Land Management.  No other herd in the West is as well documented from 1769 as the Coyote Canyon herd from its prehistoric roots through its evolution under Spanish, Mexican, Native American and Western settlements.

Hayden's group also works to maintain the 1945 California Riding and Hiking trail system in the region as part of the cultural landscape of the Heritage Herd.

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