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2 from area to ride in inaugural parade

Two girls from northeast Indiana will ride horses in President Obama’s inaugural parade Monday in Washington, D.C.

Annie Morsches of Columbia City and Claire Haldewang of Syracuse are members of the Culver Girls Academy Equestriennes.

The 24-member unit will ride with 58 members of the Culver Military Academy Black Horse Troop, according to Culver Academies in Marshall County.

It will be the 16th inaugural parade for the Black Horse Troop and the seventh for the Equestriennes, the academies said in a news release.

The Whitley County Post & Mail reported that Morsches is a senior at Culver Girls Academy whose father, Franz Morsches, rode for the Black Horse Troop in the 1977 inaugural parade for the swearing-in of President Jimmy Carter.

Culver Academies said this will be the 100th anniversary of the Black Horse Troop’s first ride in a presidential inaugural parade. In 1913 and 1917, the mounted unit escorted Vice President Thomas Marshall – who was from Columbia City and lived in Fort Wayne as a teenager – during President Woodrow Wilson’s inaugural parades.

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