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2018 World Equestrian Games athletes meet fans in Landrum - Full Article

By Chris Lavender
Staff Writer
September 7 2018

Jenny Champion of New Zealand is eager to compete in next week’s World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

She and with other members from her team will compete in the endurance competition Wednesday. Champion was among several of the games’ athletes who met with fans Friday at an event at the Landrum Depot, just 14 miles from where the games will take place in Mill Spring, N.C. The opening ceremonies are Tuesday night, which features a free concert at 6 p.m. featuring country music artist Hunter Hayes.

The games are expected to draw 500,000 people to the region and pump $400 million into the regional economy. Champion said excitement continues to build among the athletes.

“We arrived about two weeks ago in Shelby,” she said. “The fans have been just so fantastic so far, and it’s been overwhelming. We are lucky just to be here...”

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