A blue life-size horse statue inspired by the stallion Lexington, meant to honor the legacy of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park, was dedicated at the International Museum of the Horse at the park on Wednesday.
Big Lex was signed by all the gold medalists during WEG and by singer Lyle Lovett, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein and actor William Shatner.
"The city understood from the beginning that this was all about legacy," John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, said regarding the Games. He said Big Lex would stand as a symbol for the city of Lexington for years to come.
Lexington, a stallion from the 1800s, is considered the greatest sire of his time. His bones are displayed at the International Museum of the Horse on permanent loan from the Smithsonian.