March 16, 2011 — Lexington, KY — The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCVB) officially dedicated a life-size statue of Big Lex to the International Museum of the Horse. This version of the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “blue horse” was signed by all gold medal winning athletes during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The signed statue along with a display describing the eight disciplines featured at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games is now housed as a permanent exhibit in the Sport Horse Gallery at the International Museum of the Horse. Big Lex will serve as a permanent reminder of the tremendous success of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Big Lex was inspired by Lexington, the great stallion from the late 1800s who was named in honor of the city of his birth. The greatest sire of his time, Lexington helped to solidify the title of “Horse Capital of the World” for the city. Lexington still holds the record for number of years he lead America’s sire list with 14 consecutive years and two additional years. On permanent loan from the Smithsonian, the bones of Lexington are now on display at the International Museum of the Horse.
NEW YORK – On October 5, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) will unveil “Angels for Horses: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,” a historic exhibit featured at the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse – a Smithsonian affiliate in Lexington, Ky. – and the site of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Georgina Bloomberg, a world-class equestrian rider and ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador, will be joining ASPCA equine experts to officially open the exhibit with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the games, allowing the public access to artifacts that celebrate the history of horse protection in the United States, which began with the ASPCA nearly 145 years ago.
“Many people do not know this, but the ASPCA was established after its founder, Henry Bergh, witnessed the savage beating of a work horse in the streets of New York City,” says Valerie Angeli, Senior Director of ASPCA Equine Events and Special Projects. “The prestigious International Museum of the Horse is the perfect location to exhibit the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection in the United States and educate the public about the needs of our nation’s horses and companion animals.”
Priscilla Presley to Launch Elvis Presley Graceland Stables Exhibit at the International Museum of the Horse during BreyerFest
WHO: Priscilla Presley will introduce the exhibit and Breyer’s Elvis Presley Collection
WHAT: Press Conference to announce the opening of the Elvis Presley Graceland Stable Exhibit and the launch of Breyer’s Elvis Presley Collection at the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. The exhibit, borrowed from the vaults at Graceland, will include Elvis’ saddles and bridles, video footage of the family riding, and other historic archival materials on loan from the stables at Graceland.