He put in four decades with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and now Leroy Shafer is reportedly calling it quits as a rodeo official.
The longtime spokeman says he’s stepping down from his post as vice president and chief operating officer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo when he turns 70, in September.
Shafer hasn’t spent much of his time ‘out ridin’ fences,’ but the cowboy has done quite a bit for our little
ro-day-oh since he started with the organization in 1973.
Back then, Shafer was tasked with a tall order. Increase attendance. Clearly, he had the recipe for success.
40-Years later, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo brings a new meaning to an “impressive turn-out.”
Last year, a record breaking 2.5 Million folks turned out to boot-scoot-and-boogie with the best of ’em.
Don’t dispair, the show’s public face won’t be ‘gone with the wind’ after September. Shafer says he will act as an advisor-of-sorts.
One thing’s for sure, whoever ends up taking Shafer’s place has some big boots to fill.