The New Albany Classic is ending in 2018

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NEW ALBANY, Ohio - The New Albany Classic is being retired in 2018.

A spokesperson said the event is retiring because the World Equestrian Games are occurring at the same time in September which makes it difficult to attract competitors.

The World Equestrian Games are September 11-23 in Tryon, North Carolina.

The New Albany Classic was started in 1998 by Abigail Wexner and has more than $32 million for services provided by The Center for Family Safety and a Healing to help family violence victims.

A spokesperson said the board and Wexner are working on bringing the community together in other ways to support the cause.

There will not be any cuts at The Center for Family Safety and a Healing and there will be more fundraising efforts and an endowment fund established, according to a spokesperson.

The below statement is posted on the website for the New Albany Classic:

After 20 years of extraordinary success in raising support and awareness for family violence, The Classic has hung up its helmet.

Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors, guests, vendors and competitors who helped The Classic end its successful run as the most productive Grand Prix fundraiser in the history of the sport in the United States. The Classic raised more than $32 million for the critical services provided to family violence victims by
The Center for Family Safety and a Healing. We are grateful to our generous community for this extraordinary support.

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