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Lazy E Ranch and Arena

Envisioned and built by owner E.K. Gaylord II, the entities that make up the Lazy E Ranch and Arena are an incredible part of the equine breeding and western sports industries in Oklahoma and across the nation. The Gaylord family had a dedication to the horse industry, as well as the Western way of life and wished to preserve and promote it. The Lazy E Ranch and Arena has provided the vehicle to do so for the past 32 years in a way that few can match.

The 1,000 acre property opened its gates in the fall of 1984 and has evolved into one of the most progressive equine breeding and sales preparation facilities in the nation. Since its inception, the Lazy E Ranch and Arena has been involved in both the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing industries at the very highest levels.

Known primarily for its stallion power, over the years, Lazy E Ranch and Arena has been home to many leading stallions of the Quarter Horse breed like Easy Jet, Special Effort, Pie In The Sky, Takin On The Cash, Holland Ease, Zan Parr Jack. One of the most famous, Corona Cartel, Quarter Horse racing’s Leading Living Sire, has stood his entire career at Lazy E Ranch and Arena. He has sired earners for $54,000,000 and 158 Stakes Winners. Among the current Lazy E stallion lineup are perennial leading sires of money earners, PYC Paint Your Wagon, Valiant Hero and Tres Seis – all Top 10 Leading Living Quarter Horse Sires of the world. It has also stood such illustrious Thoroughbred stallions as Slewacide, Hawkins Special and Coup De Kas. Lazy E Ranch and Arena has stood such illustrious performance stallions as Mr San Peppy, Zan Parr Jack and Popular Resortfigure, as well as Leading Paint Horse Sire Texas Hero.

Because of its far reaching influence, the Ranch has always been sought out by foreign breeders to assist with their expansion in developing the Quarter Horse breed in their respective countries. Lazy E Ranch and Arena is proud of its involvement in Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and Australia. Because of its international involvement, Lazy E Ranch and Arena proudly oversees mares and foals of owners from all over the world, in addition to caring for many major domestic Leading Breeders. The reason? Three millionaires and numerous stakes winners have been raised in the lush paddocks of Lazy E Ranch and Arena, as well several AQHA High Point Performance Horses and AQHA Honor Roll Champions.

The statistics describing the ranch activity are impressive: the ranch employs 60 people the ranch will breed around 1200 mares and foal out another 350 annually while standing 14 individual stallions. Approximately 2,000 horses will pass through its gates each year. Around 500 horses are in permanent residence at any given time. Semen to be shipped to a majority of the states in the U.S. and also to Canada and Mexico. Today, Lazy E Ranch and Arena stallions have frozen semen in use on three different continents. Lazy E Ranch and Arena is annually the largest consignor of Quarter Horses at public auction with as many as 1,000 horses per year being represented by Lazy E Ranch and Arena as agent throughout the United States.

Lazy E Ranch and Arena is proud to have clients with which they have been associated since its inception and value these breeders and their long association with Lazy E. In many cases, Lazy E Ranch and Arena is raising the fourth, fifth or sixth generation of an equine family for its owner.

On a portion of the Lazy E Ranch 1,100 acres sits a 70,000 square foot indoor, climate controlled, multi-purpose facility – the fabulous Lazy E Arena. The world’s largest indoor arena was constructed in 1984, to host the National Finals Steer Roping. The Lazy E Arena has been home to top athletes and world championship events. One of the most popular events in Lazy E Arena’s storied history is Bullnanza, developed in 1988 to showcase the top bull riders in professional rodeo. The best bull riders were paired with the rankest bulls. From those fantastic beginnings, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) was born. Today the Arena boasts over 40 unique events a year from motorsports and horse shows, to team roping and barrel racing. Some of the premier events include the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals, USTRC Shootout Championships, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Range Roundup and the Western Dressage Association World Show. Held each March, the Lazy E Arena’s marquee owned and produced event, is the Cinch Timed Event Championship of the World. During the ironman of pro rodeo’s 30 year history, the very best all-around hands have competed in each of the five timed-event disciplines, and it’s a true test of each cowboy’s grit and determination. With new events like the JR Ironman Championship, a spin-off of the Timed Event for high-school rodeo athletes, the Lazy E Arena will secure its place as a premier event facility for the next 30 years.

Lazy E Ranch and Arena is currently owned Gary and Micah McKinney of Reliance Ranches, who proudly continue the Gaylord family legacy of horse industry involvement and promoting the western way of life.