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Area young women will ride in presidential inaugural parade Monday

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 12:01 am

Annie Morsches of Columbia City and Claire Haldewang of Syracuse will be among the young women in the Culver Girls Academy Equestriennes group riding Monday in the presidential inaugural parade in

Washington, D.C.

The 24-member Equestriennes group will ride with 58 members of the Culver Military Academy boys' Black Horse Troop, a Culver news release said. This will be the 16th inaugural parade for the Black Horse Troop and the seventh for the Equestriennes.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Black Horse Troop's first participation in a presidential inaugural parade, a news release said. The unit first rode in the parade as official escort for Vice President Thomas Marshall during Woodrow Wilson's inaugural parades in 1913 and 1917. Marshall was a former governor of Indiana.

This year's parade will be televised live, and uninterrupted coverage will be broadcast by C-SPAN. For more information about Culver students' participation in the inaugural, go to

Located in Culver in north-central Indiana, Culver Academies offer a college preparatory boarding school for Grades 9-12 and the Culver Summer Schools & Camps for boys and girls ages 7-17.