Leverne Perry Passes Away

The longtime executive director of the Louisiana QHBA has passed away.

Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association

Longtime Louisiana QHBA executive director Leverne Perry died in Alexandria, Louisiana, on Sunday. He was 84. PHOTO: Natalie Glyshaw/Lou Hodges Photography

Former LQHBA Executive Director Leverne Perry passed away on March 27 in an Alexandria, Louisiana, hosptial. He was 84.

Services have been set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at the G.A. Mangun Center at the Pentecostals of Alexandria at 2817 Rapides Avenue in Alexandria. Visitation will be held Monday from 5-9 p.m. at Hixon Brothers in Alexandria and also from 10 a.m. until time of the service on Tuesday at the G.A. Mangun Center.

Perry was born in Sieper, Louisiana, on January 4, 1932, and he contributed much to his community throughout his lifetime. An accomplished cowboy, he traveled the south and even competed in a Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Many remember him as host of the children’s show “Leverne Perry and the Little Wranglers” which ran from 1960-1966.

Perry had a heart for children, especially those with special needs, He organized the “Horses and Handicaps Program" and volunteered many hours to help give joy to others through his love of horses. He also was involved in fund raising for St. Mary’s. Mr. Perry was the owner of Leverne Perry Shoes, and he also served as president of the Police Jury in the 1970s.

Perry served as the president of Amicus Club Rodeo Association and as the executive director of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association for 26 years before his retirement from that post three years ago. He played a key role in the legislation that allowed the state's racetracks to operate slot machines. After that successful endeavor, Louisiana's Quarter Horse racing industry flourished into the richest state-bred program in the nation with significant gains in purse money and breeder incentives awards for accredited state-breds.

During Perry's tenure as executive director of the LQHBA, he helped develop the organization's Youth Scholarship program, the first Mardi Gras Futurity and the first $1,000,000-guaranteed Breeders Futurity for Louisiana-bred foals. His tireless efforts to promote and expand Louisiana racing and breeding helped develop the annual LQHBA Yearling Sale into one of the largest state-bred Quarter Horse sales in the country.

Perry has been honored with many distinguished service awards and will be inducted into the inaugural class of the new LQHBA Hall of Fame next month. He is also a member of the Louisiana Rodeo Hall of Fame. In recognition of his 25-plus years of service as the executive director of the LQHBA, AQHA honored him with its Gordon Crone Special Achievement award in 2011.

In 2014, Perry received the LQHBA Lifetime Achievement award. He served on the AQHA Racing Committee and the AQHA Champions committee and served as Executive Director Emeritus of LQHBA.

Perry was preceded by his parents, Jesse and Goretha Perry. He is survived by five daughters, Sonny and Karen Rush, Julie and Dana Normand, Javier and Jill Gutierrez, Larry and Leigh Lepinski, Heath and Amy Grimes, twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Youth Scholarship Fund at (318) 487-9506.

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