FORT HOOD — The 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment will have the honor of representing the First Team and the Greater Fort Hood Area in the Jan. 20 inaugural parade for President-elect Donald Trump.
The detachment will have 11 of its best riders in the parade, with one leading a pack horse advertising the detachment, said Capt. Jeremy Woodard, the detachment commander. Usually, the riders have a wagon drawn by mules, but mules will not be allowed in the parade.
“It’s a great honor to do this. The military has been participating in the presidential inauguration since 1789, when we marched Gen. (George) Washington down to D.C.,” he said. “There’s a lot of work that goes into this, but the troopers are real excited.”
The detachment just returned from participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., and seldom has been able to send a full complement of riders to a major event such as the inaugural parade, Woodard said.
“These troopers are amazing, and the ability to do back-to-back events like this is a testament to the hard work of these soldiers,” he said.
The troopers themselves are excited to be a part of a historic event such as a presidential inauguration.
“With me being from Maryland, I’ll have a lot of people out there watching me,” said Spc. Trevon Price, a Denton, Md., native and one of the detachment’s ferriers. “ I wish I could be one of the riders, but it’s the guys on the side who really help everything go smoothly. I’m just happy to go and be participating in something like this — something they haven’t done in years.”
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The 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment was activated at Fort Hood in 1972. It previously participated in three presidential inauguration parades:
Ronald Reagan, 1981.
George H.W. Bush, 1989.
George W. Bush, 2001.