Funeral Services for Former LQHBA President Paul Ryder Set Saturday

Funeral services for former LQHBA President Paul Ryder are set Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Pineville, Louisiana
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PINEVILLE, LA—AUGUST 10, 2018—Funeral services are set Saturday for Louisiana horseman Paul Rudy Ryder, 85, who passed away Tuesday, August 7 at the at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Services for Mr. Ryder will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (Aug 11) at First United Methodist Church in Pineville, Louisiana. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball, Louisiana, under the direction of Gallagher Funeral Home and Crematory.

Visitation for Mr. Ryder will be on today (Aug 10) at Store Front Church in Pineville, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Mr. Paul Ryder was a loving father, grandfather, and brother. He was a graduate of Bolton High School and earned a degree in Animal Husbandry at LSU. After graduating from college he enlisted and proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Mr. Ryder was one of the founding members of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, served as President of the LQHBA, and was employed there as the out of state mare inspector until his passing.

He was a very accomplished RCA Rodeo cowboy as a bareback rider, bull rider, and bulldogger. Mr. Ryder owned and operated Waddle Inn and Grill and Poor Paul’s Steakhouse for many years as well as worked with Western Tact Store at Dominic’s. He also owned the first salad bar in Rapides Parish and the second steakhouse in Louisiana to sell Dry Aged Prime Beef. He will forever be missed by those that loved and knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents A.L. Ryder and Ruby Paul Ryder and his brother Firal Ryder.

Mr. Ryder is survived by his sons, Brandon Kurt Ryder (Karla) of Alexandria, Bryan Kent Ryder (Leila) of Pineville and Stacey Blake Ryder (Rhonda) of Deville; daughter, Lisa Ryder Buckley (Thomas) of New Iberia; sister Jacquelyn Ryder Mertens of Pineville; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great – grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers honored to serve are Stacey Ryder, Brandon Ryder, Preston Ryder, Casey Ryder, Gilliam Guillot, and Scott Michiels. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Patterson, Mike Hayes, Wayne Roberson, Lynn Richard, Donnie Mattheson, Don Kelley, Sonny Harris, Gerald McCrea, Rick Bouttee, Brad Michiels, and Robert Parker.

House Bill 833 Amended. Horsemen’s Funds Remain Intact

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LTBA Contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676
roger@louisianabred.com

May 3, 2018

LTBA Legislative Update:  House Bill 833

House Bill 833 Amended. Horsemen’s Funds Remain Intact

House Bill 833 was presented to the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee Tuesday, May 1. The bill was amended so that any horsemens funds that may have been affected by this bill are safe. Many thanks to all who contacted members of the House Appropriations  Committee. Your involvement has made all the difference! This has been a real work of cooperation between members of the LTBA, LQHBA, and LaHBPA, proving that when we join forces we all benefit.

 

 

For more information, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.

Longtime LQHBA Executive Director Leverne Perry Passes Away, Services Set Tuesday

ALEXANDRIA , LA—MARCH 27, 2016—Former LQHBA Executive Director Leverne Perry died today in Alexandria, Louisiana. He was 84.

Services have been set for 2 pm Tuesday (Mar 29) at the G.A. Mangun Center at the Pentecostals of Alexandria located at 2817 Rapides Avenue in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Visitation will be held Monday from 5-9 pm at Hixon Brothers in Alexandria and also from 10 am until time of the service on Tuesday at the G.A. Mangun Center.

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

He had a heart for children, especially those with special needs, He organized the “Horses and Handicaps Program “ volunteering many hours to help give joy to others through his love of horses. He also was involved in fund raising for St. Mary’s.

Leverne was the owner of Leverne Perry Shoes. He also served, as President of the Police Jury in the 1970′ s. He was President of Amicus Club Rodeo Association.

Perry served as the Executive Director of LQHBA for 26 years retiring in 2013.

He played a key role in successful legislative efforts that resulted in slot machines at Louisiana racetracks. Following that, 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 his tenure, he helped develop the 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 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 years of service as the executive director of the LQHBA, the American Quarter Horse Association honored him with the 2011 Gordon Crone Special Achievement award. In 2014 he received the LQHBA Lifetime Achievement award.

Perry served on the AQHA Racing Committee and the AQHA Champions committee and served as Executive Director Emeritus of LQHBA.

He 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. 318-487-9506.

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