Addition of World Equestrian Games makes September busy for riders

The New Albany Classic is no more.

A letter was sent Tuesday afternoon to past volunteers of the New Albany Classic informing them that the wildly popular family day and equestrian event is “hanging up its helmet.”

The Classic, which was founded in 1998 by Abigail Wexner and took place each year on the lawn at the Wexner home in New Albany, raised more than $32 million to support the Center for Family Safety and Healing, making it the most productive fundraiser in the history of Grand Prix equestrian show jumping in the United States.

The event’s annual late September date became crowded in 2018 with the addition of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games September 11-23 in Tryon, North Carolina, in addition to popular competitions in Central Park and Kentucky, making it difficult for competitive riders and jumpers to fit the Classic into their busy schedules.

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