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The World Equestrian Games are coming to North Carolina in 2018

Mills Springs, North Carolina – Potentially the largest sporting event in North Carolina’s history will be held just over 80 miles west of Charlotte.

Tryon Equestrian Partners announced Thursday that Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Springs will host the 2018 World Equestrian Games from Sept. 10 to 23.

The World Equestrian Games have only had one other host in the Western Hemisphere — Lexington, Kentucky, in  2010.  The quadrennial event has been going on since 1990, although the equestrian sport has been a part of the Olympics since 1912.

Normandy, France, reported a 389 million Euro impact on its economy when it hosted the games, which is about $410 million U.S. The event in France brought out 500,000 spectators during the span of the games. The games take place every four years, and the event is considered the largest for equestrian sport besides the Summer Olympics, which take place between Olympic years. 

Fans from over 70 countries make their way to these events to support their country, making it a global event.

Tryon Equestrian Partners broke ground in 2014 on the 1,600-acre facility and have invested over $125 million.