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New Zealand endurance team arrives in Shelby ahead of World Equestrian Games - Full Article

By Dustin George / GateHouse Nedia
Posted Sep 1, 2018

SHELBY, N.C. — The World Equestrian Games are scheduled to begin in a little under two weeks, but teams from around the world are already arriving.

In Shelby, about half of the New Zealand endurance riding team is staying at the home of Nancy and Joe Talley. For the last few weeks the Talleys have given the team free rein over their home and barn while the couple stays with family and their horses stay with someone else.

Nancy Talley said she first extended an invitation to the team more than a year ago.

“My husband and I honeymooned in New Zealand. That was more than 20 years ago, but we loved the country and the people. So I said let’s see,” she said.

Before the team arrived, the Talleys’ hung a New Zealand flag outside their barn — a little reminder of home, Nancy said.

“It can be difficult for them to be away from home for four or five weeks at a time to be here,” she said. “We wanted them to feel welcome...”

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