At the Hall of Fame ceremony held yesterday evening, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo welcomed three extraordinary members to the 2018 Hall of Fame – Laurie Miller, Dr. Keith Markey and the late Hadley Barrett. These individuals have helped the organization grow and succeed through their commitment and dedication to our mission.
Born and raised in Poteet, Texas, Laurie Miller began her service with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo when she and her husband, A.L. “Windy” Miller, joined the Horse Show Committee in 1995. Her passion for volunteerism was most ignited after joining the Hall of Fame Committee and attending the first Hall of Fame induction in 1999 where Mary Nan West accepted her bronze “on behalf of all S.A.L.E. volunteers.” Hall of Fame member, Eloise Fisher Creek left a lasting impression on Miller through her mentorship and friendship, which led to her involvement in expanding the induction ceremony. Miller’s proudest achievement was as Hall of Fame Chairman, where she and her husband developed the plan to recognize outstanding volunteers on each committee during the Hall of Fame Induction, which helped shape the Hall of Fame event as it is today. Through their efforts, over 1,200 volunteers have been recognized since 2002. Miller held additional positions such as Director Emeritus, Lifetime Assistant Vice President, Life Member, Director, Chairman of Trailblazers, member of Bylaws Committee and Past Chairmen Committee. Over the years, her parents, two sons and now grandchildren have become volunteers for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Miller graduated from Southwest Texas State University and holds a Masters in Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has over 32 years of experience in education as a Principal at East Central ISD and Alamo Heights ISD. With a passion for education, she has been committed to help support the Scholarship Fund and encourages all to volunteer and get involved.
Dr. Keith Markey
Known for his military service and career as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Keith Markey joined the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in 1993 as the Chairman of the Medical Committee. He currently works as Chief and Staff Surgeon of Orthopedic Surgery Service for the Audie Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Although he was born in Indiana, his medical career brought him to Texas which he has made home for nearly 40 years. His motivation to become a volunteer came from “following the Lord and serving other people.” He was also influenced by former Chairman of the Board, Mary Nan West, as he admired her work ethic, leadership and vision. Throughout his 15 years as Chairman of the Medical Committee, Dr. Markey was proud to provide care to patrons and exhibitors. He and his wife, Donna, have contributed much time to the organization due to the value of being able to help educate the youth of Texas while gaining individual respect for efforts. He is currently a Director Emeritus and his other positions include Life Member and Director. Dr. Markey’s desire to serve others has also been fulfilled through his work with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Physicians, U.S. Modern Pentathlon Team, University of Texas Health Science Center, U.S. Olympic Committee, Southwest Lacrosse Officials Association and many more.
Nebraskan Hadley Barrett began his career as a contestant and formed his own dance band, but he is known for making rodeo history behind the microphone. In his 87 years, Hadley’s accomplishments were many, including being named four separate times the PRCA Announcer of the Year. He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1999. He was the voice of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo for nearly 30 years. Hadley had the unique ability to explain the nuances of rodeo to those less familiar with the sport – he intimately knew the resume of the contestants, would explain the scoring system, and even knew the demeanor and habits of the bucking stock. With kindness and humor, Hadley was an amazing professional – he had the capacity to maintain the same high level energy and engagement for 21 consecutive performances. Hadley and our community had a mutual love for one another. Many patrons particularly loved the warm, fun-loving interviews with the Mutton Bustin’ winners, and his soulful tribute to our servicemen men and women and the freedoms they provide us. He will perhaps be most remembered for his faithful, heartfelt opening invocation at every Rodeo. Hadley is survived by his wife Lee, four children, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The inductees will be featured along with the other recognized individuals on the walls of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is open during the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, February 8-25, 2018.
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo takes place February 8-25, 2018. It has received the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year award for 13 consecutive years. Established in 1949, it has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single events in the city, with over 2 million visitors entering the grounds in 2017. The success of the organization is attributed to over 6,000 volunteers who give countless hours to the organization. With community, donor and volunteer support, the organization has committed over $186 million to the youth of Texas through scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble and show premiums. For more information, visit www.sarodeo.com.