FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Tell me about Lazy K Ranch?

    In 1958 Mike Knapp registered the Lazy K brand with the state of California and started running cows in the Fresno area. In the fall of 1959, while attending Fresno State, Mike met a young "aggie" named Sherry. Mike knew from that day on, she would be his partner in their future cattle business. Sherry even owned her own cow named Bernadine but little did Mike know they would also end up in the horse business. According to Sherry, "Early on, we were having trouble finding good horses that could gather cattle off of 45,000 thousand acres at elevations up to 7,000 ft, so we started raising our own and one thing just led to another".

    Over 60 years later, Mike & Sherry along with their children and grandchildren are still running cattle in the San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains as well as operating an extensive horse operation. Lazy K Ranch has become known for its unique pairing of good-minded, athletic working mares with the best ranch and performance horse bloodlines in the country. When you see a horse with a Lazy K on its hip, you know that horse can do an honest day's work and carries the bloodlines from some of the top money earners, including High Brow Cat, Shinning Spark, Peptoboonsmal, Metallic Cat, King Fritz, Doc O Lena and Peppy San Badger.

  • How did Lazy K Ranch's Annual Pick A Colt Day Production Sale get started?

    Unable to find a reliable source of quality horses for the stock operation, Sherry Knapp, the matriarch of Lazy K Ranch's horse program, purchased the ranch's first AQHA stallion and then searched the west coast for cow bred mares with good conformation to cross him on. Before long, word spread and friends and neighbors were asking if they could purchase horses right off the ranch. One thing led to another and in 1982 Lazy K Ranch held its first annual Pick A Colt Day Production Sale.

  • What makes Pick A Colt Day unique?

    Each year we raise 60+ AQHA colts and fillies from the largest working remuda of its kind on the West Coast. That's right, when she is not raising a foal, our mares are working here on the ranch or up in the Sierras. The kind of work that requires a good mind, good confirmation and superior genetics. Then the first Saturday in May, we hold our Annual Pick A Colt Day Production Sale and make these extraordinary horses available for purchase. In addition to our online auction, some of the horses will also have a “Buy Now” button. This gives you the option of bidding or clicking the Buy Now button and making your purchase at a pre-set price. Please note, not all horses will have a Buy Now button.

  • Give me a brief overview of how Pick A Colt Day works?

    On Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PST, the online auction begins. Your screen will refresh and a Bid button will appear next to each horse on the Sale Summary Page or your Favorites Page. Some horses will also have a Buy Now button allowing you to purchase that horse at a pre-set price. Whether you are the winning bidder, or are able to make use of a Buy Now button, your pick will be added to your cart and you will complete the transaction using your Visa, MC or Discover. Please be advised, your purchase is NOT final until your cc transaction is completed and a receipt appears on your screen. In other words, someone else may have the same horse in their cart and may be able to complete the transaction before you.

    Bids will be accepted in $100, $250, $500 increments and the current high bid will be posted at all times. Regular bidding starts on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PST and then 24 hours later, starting at 9:00 a.m. PST on Sunday, the auction goes into the "lightning round". In the lightning round, each horse has a 3-minute clock and if a buyer bids on that horse within that 3 minute period, the clock is reset back to 3 minutes, allowing another buyer to bid. If there is not a bid within that 3 minute period, the bidding on that horse is closed. An email will be sent to the high bidder congratulating them along with a link to our checkout page where the buyer can enter their cc info and complete the sale. Please be advised the sale is not final until the cc transaction is completed and a receipt appears on your screen. If the high bidder does not complete the sale within 30 minutes after the bidding is closed, a Buy Now button will become visible allowing other buyers to purchase the horse.

  • Give me a detailed description of how Pick A Colt Day works?

    Below is the schedule of events leading up to and through sale day. Please note, all times are approximate. For questions please text or call Kayne at 559-481-9080 or Cami at 209-600-1527.

    THURSDAY, 2 days before the sale
    6:00 p.m. PST, Thursday

    The Starting Bid Price (minimum purchase price for horses sold in the auction) will be posted in the catalog. The Buy Now price will also be posted for those horses that will have a Buy Now button.

    FRIDAY, 1 day before the sale
    8:00 a.m. PST, Friday

    Lazy K family and friends will present a live preview on the ranch's webpage as well as FB & IG. Ample time will be spent on each horse to give you an opportunity to see each horse move, and ask questions online. See schedule for live preview webcasts.

    SATURDAY
    8:00a.m. PST, Saturday

    Ranch gates open for those buyers wishing to view the horses in person prior to the sale. Each guest visiting Lazy K Ranch will be required to complete an online Release of Liability Form prior to entry. To save time, we recommend completing the Release of Liability Form now. Please keep in mind that if Covid-19 restrictions increase it may be necessary for you to stay within your vehicle while visiting Lazy K Ranch.

    Before the sale starts, click the BUY ONLINE link on our website in order to log into your account and then click the Horses For Sale button on the left side of the Welcome Page. This will take you to the Catalog Summary Page, listing all the horses in the sale.

    9:00 a.m. PST, Saturday

    On Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PST, the online auction begins. Your screen will refresh and a Bid button will appear next to each horse on the Sale Summary Page or your Favorites Page. Some horses will also have a Buy Now button allowing you to purchase that horse at a pre-set price. If the horse you wish to purchase does have a Buy Now button, your pick will be added to your cart and you will complete the transaction using your Visa, MC or Discover. Please be advised, your purchase is NOT final until your cc transaction is completed and a receipt appears on your screen. In other words, someone else may have the same horse in their cart and may be able to complete the transaction before you.

    Bids will be accepted in $100, $250, $500 increments and the current high bid will be posted at all times. Regular bidding starts on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. PST and then 24 hours later, starting at 9:00 a.m. PST on Sunday, the auction goes into the "lightning round". In the lightning round, each horse has a 3-minute clock and if a buyer bids on that horse within that 3 minute period, the clock is reset back to 3 minutes, allowing another buyer to bid. If there is not a bid within that 3 minute period, the bidding on that horse is closed. An email will be sent to the high bidder congratulating them along with a link to our checkout page where the buyer can enter their cc info and complete the sale. Please be advised the sale is not final until the cc transaction is completed and a receipt appears on your screen. If the high bidder does not complete the sale within 30 minutes after the bidding is closed, a Buy Now button will become visible allowing other buyers to purchase the horse.

    Questions - Text or call Kayne at 559-481-9080 or Cami at 209-600-1527.

    10:00 a.m. PST, Saturday
    If you utilize the Buy Now option and have completed the online transaction, you may pickup your horse starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Simply pull your trailer into the loading area and Lazy K associates will load your new horse(s) for you. If you have purchased a yearling, please bring a trailer that is fully enclosed in the back and if using a 2 horse straight load, remove the center divider. If you are not able to pick up your horse right away, we are happy to provide 48hrs of free board. After that, board will be charged at the rate of $5.00 per day. For horses staying longer than 30 days, board charges will be negotiated on an individual basis. Board charges do not apply to foals staying on mares. We can also help you set up transport and the associated paperwork if your new horse will be going out of state. For more safety tips, please visit the Care Page.

    5:00 p.m. PST, Saturday
    Ranch gates close

    SUNDAY
    8:00 a.m. PST, Sunday

    Ranch gates open to prospective buyers. All guests visiting Lazy K Ranch will be required to complete an online Release of Liability Form prior to entry. To save time, we recommend completing the Release of Liability Form now. Please keep in mind that if Covid-19 restrictions increase it may be necessary for you to stay within your vehicle while visiting Lazy K Ranch.

    9:00 a.m. PST, Sunday
    Starting at 9:00 a.m. PST on Sunday the auction goes into the "lightning round". In the lightning round, each horse has a 3-minute clock and if a buyer bids on that horse within that 3 minute period, the clock is reset back to 3 minutes, allowing another buyer to bid. If there is not a bid within that 3 minutes period, the bidding on that horse is closed. An email will be sent to the high bidder congratulating them along with a link to our checkout page where the buyer can enter their cc info and complete the sale. Please be advised the sale is not final until the cc transaction is completed and a receipt appears on your screen. If the high bidder does not complete the sale within 30 minutes after the bidding is closed, a Buy Now button will become visible allowing other buyers to purchase the horse.

    10:00 a.m. PST, Sunday
    If you are a successful Auction buyer and have completed the payment transaction, you may pickup your horse starting at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Simply pull your trailer into the loading area and Lazy K associates will load your new horse(s) for you. If you have purchased a yearling, please bring a trailer that is fully enclosed in the back and if using a 2 horse straight load, remove the center divider. If you are not able to pick up your horse right away, we are happy to provide 48hrs of free board. After that, board will be charged at the rate of $5.00 per day. For horses staying longer than 30 days, board charges will be negotiated on an individual basis. Board charges do not apply to foals staying on mares. We can also help you set up transport and the associated paperwork if your new horse will be going out of state. For more safety tips, please visit the Care Page.

    5:00 p.m. PST, Sunday
    Ranch gates close

    Monday
    8:00 a.m. PST, Monday

    Ranch gates open allowing successful buyers to pick their horse(s). All guests visiting Lazy K Ranch will be required to complete an online Release of Liability Form prior to entry. To save time, we recommend completing the Release of Liability Form now. Please keep in mind that if Covid-19 restrictions increase it may be necessary for you to stay within your vehicle while visiting Lazy K Ranch.

    Simply pull your trailer into the loading area and Lazy K associates will load your new horse(s) for you. If you have purchased a yearling, please bring a trailer that is fully enclosed in the back and if using a 2 horse straight load, remove the center divider. If you are not able to pick up your horse right away, we are happy to provide 48hrs of free board. After that, board will be charged at the rate of $5.00 per day. For horses staying longer than 30 days, board charges will be negotiated on an individual basis. Board charges do not apply to foals staying on mares. We can also help you set up transport and the associated paperwork if your new horse will be going out of state. For more safety tips, please visit the Care Page.

    5:00 p.m. PST, Monday
    Ranch gates close

  • Should I register as a Buyer before the sale starts?

    Yes, we strongly suggest registering as a Buyer prior to the start of the sale. Start by watching this video that shows how to set up an online account.

  • Can horses be purchased over the phone?

    We are not able to submit a bid for you but we can assist you with a "Buy Now" purchase. At 10:00 a.m. PST on the morning of the sale, go to our Home page and refresh your screen. There you will find a list telephone numbers of Lazy K associates who can assist you.

  • When is Pick A Colt Day?

    Pick A Colt Day takes place on the first Saturday in May.

  • How many horses are generally offered at Lazy K Ranch's Pick A Colt Day?

    In the past few years we have averaged around 60 head.

  • What are the ages of the horses offered?

    A majority of the horses offered at Pick A Colt Day will be 6-7 months old and quite growthy. There may also be some younger foals in the sale that can stay on the mare until they are old enough to wean. In addition to the weanlings and yearlings, we occasionally have two year olds, started two year olds, started three year olds, brood mares, brood mares with foals and/or bred back, and older kids horses for sale.

  • What are the breeds of horses offered?

    AQHA-American Quarter Horses, APHA-American Paint Horses.

  • Are the horses registered?

    All of the horses we raise are registered or are eligible to be named and registered by you.

  • What bloodlines will be offered?

    Lazy K Ranch has become known for its unique pairing of good-minded, athletic working mares with the best ranch and performance horse bloodlines in the country, including High Brow Cat, Shinning Spark, Peptoboonsmal, Metallic Cat, King Fritz, Doc O Lena and Peppy San Badger.

  • What are some of the colors available?

    There is usually a little bit of everything. Browns, Blacks, Bays, Sorrels, Buckskins, Palominos, Blue Roans, Bay Roans, Red Roans and the occasional Grullo.

  • Does Lazy K Ranch 5 panel test?

    Lazy K Ranch is taking a very proactive approach to genetic testing. Every horse offered for sale at the upcoming Pick A Colt Production Sale will have their 5 panel genetic evaluation clearly listed in the catalog description.

  • What is a 5 panel test?

    The 5-panel is a test for five different genetic diseases found in quarter horses and other stock horse breeds. The panel includes testing for GBED (glycogen branching enzyme deficiency), HERDA (hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia), HYPP (hyperkalemic periodic paralysis), MH (malignant hyperthermia) and PSSM (polysaccharide storage myopathy). A few of our colts and fillies carry a recessive GBED gene which will not affect the health of the horse itself. GBED is only a problem if two horses carrying GBED are mated together, in which case there is a 50% chance of a still born foal.

  • What kind of mares are these colts and fillies out of?

    Lazy K Ranch uses registered AQHA & APHA mares in its ranching operation. So when she is not raising a foal, Lazy K mares have a job. Whether in the show ring or ranch work in the San Joaquin Valley or gathering cattle from a mountain side in the High Sierras at elevations over 7,000ft, Lazy K mares work for a living. The kind of work that takes a level head, good legs and big heart.

    Then when you combine these traits with world class genetics, it is easy to see why Lazy K mares are more than just a pretty face. They are the legacy of a decades old breeding program that perpetuate horses with confidence, soundness, trainability and a superior disposition. Qualities they naturally pass on to their foals.

  • How do you decide which mares and stallions should be bred together?

    First, only our best mares make it into our breeding program. We start by looking at the traits of each mare and then cross her on the stallion that best compliments her. We consider qualities like disposition, breedability, trainability and conformation (good legs & feet, good withers & back, small head, big eyes). 40 years of experience also helps.

  • Can you send me a Sales Catalog?

    The Pick A Colt catalog is available online. To access our online catalog visit www.LazyKRanch.com, click the Horses For Sale link, watch Kayne's introductory video and proceed to the login page. Once logged in you will have access to a complete description of each horse, including 5 panel genetic evaluation, pedigree information, pictures, videos and be able to sort by color, sex, age and sire. A preliminary online catalog is available in late February and then videos and new photos are added in April.

  • Can horses be previewed before Pick A Colt Day?

    We will be offering several live webcasts. Not only will the webcasts give you a "behind the scenes" look at how our horses are raised but also an opportunity to interact with members of our family who work with these horses everyday. We are also more then happy to answer questions over the phone. Text or call Kayne at 559-481-9080 or Cami at 209-600-1527.

    If you wish to preview the horses in person, ranch gates open on sale day at 8:00 a.m. PST. Each guests visiting Lazy K Ranch will be required to complete an online Release of Liability Form prior to entry. To save time, we recommend completing the Release of Liability Form now.

  • What forms of payments are accepted?

    Visa, MC & Discover. Sorry, we no longer accept checks.

  • How do I get my registration papers?

    Your registration papers will be mailed to you after the sale.

  • What kind of training do the yearlings receive before the sale?

    In preparation for the sale, great care is taken to show each yearling how to greet their handler, lead, stand tied, pick up their feet and load into a trailer. Elements of a much larger training program Tom Dorrance helped us set up years ago. Even with this foundation in place, like any young horse, one should always use good "horse sense" when working with them.

  • Does a halter come with my horse?

    Yes, your horse will be haltered when you pick him or her up.

  • Is there someone available to help load my horse?

    Yes, simply pull your trailer into the loading area and Lazy K associates will load your horse(s) for you.

  • What if I cannot take my horse with me the day of the sale?

    If at all possible, we suggest you take your horse home within a day of purchase so that it may get settled in. You may, however, leave your horse for 48 hours after purchase with no extra charge. If longer, board will be charged at the rate of $5.00 per day. After 30 days from purchase, board charges will be renegotiated. Board charges do not apply to foals staying on mares. We can also help you set up transport and the associated paperwork if your new horse will be going out of state. For more safety tips, please visit the Care page.

  • What paperwork will I need to transport my horse across state lines?

    Each state is different but typically you need a negative Coggins Test and a health certificate. We can set up the vet appointment and help you get the associated paperwork.

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