The Lazy E Ranch’s roots run deep in the Western horse industry, and its owners, the McKinney Family, continue to make unprecedented investments to push the breeding and performance game forward.
A stalwart on the racing side of the Quarter Horse industry, the Reliance Ranches is branching into the rope horse and barrel horse side with the purchase of leading stallions Bucks Hancock Dude and Show Me The Buckles, and junior stallion Dirty Fling from Trevor Brazile and Miles Baker’s Relentless Remuda. These stallions round out the existing Riata Stallion line-up of Big Lew, Coronado Cartel, Epic Leader, Hez Our Secret, KVN Corona, This Catt Shines and Woody Be Tuff.
“We want to diversify and do both the race side and the performance side,” Monty McNair, Lazy E Ranch manager, said. “It’s all part of our future plan. The Lazy E’s first stallion, back in the 1980s, was Zan Parr Jack. So bringing performance horses back into the fold brings the ranch full circle.”
With four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Bobby Mote managing the ranch’s training program and his wife, Kate, and daughter, Laura, riding the barrel horses, the Lazy E and Reliance Ranches are gearing up to marry top-tier breeding with high-caliber training.
“The Lazy E has always been on the cutting edge of technology on the breeding and racing side, and now we’re bringing that to the performance market,” McNair said.
With the growth of Western events at the Lazy E Arena—from the World Championship Junior Rodeo to the JR. Ironman, the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo and major events like the BFI and the Cinch Timed Event Championships—this expansion into the performance disciplines just makes great sense.
“Our stallion tours are always a huge hit during our events,” McNair said. “That means contestants and fans get to interact with the sport’s leading stallions at the Ranch. That exposure means our studs are accessible, opening them up to the industry as a whole.”