The portraits of Mr. Pearce and Mr. Lang looked on as the Rodeo made a private farewell to Chief Operating Officer Leroy Shafer and his wife Nancy.


A video tribute revealed just a smidgeon of what people think about this man who has dedicated 4 decades of his life to the Show. It was Shafe who led in technology for the concerts, tv and promotion. Shafe, the Big Data, guy who unerringly steered the show to new crowd-pleasing directions and numbers. So much more.

There’s not a person who ever interacted with him who doesn’t know his legacy to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  That lives on. One of his parting gifts from the Show, a scholarship in his name to his alma mater Texas A&M. 

All hats off to Shafe and Nancy.