Alan Day’s upbringing branded him a cowboy from the day he was born. He was part of the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. The ranching and cowboy lifestyle appealed to him so greatly that after graduating from the University of Arizona, he returned to manage Lazy B for the next 40 years.
During his career, he received numerous awards for his dedicated stewardship of the land. In the 1980’s, Alan purchased a cattle ranch in Nebraska and soon after, a ranch in South Dakota. The latter became the first government-sponsored sanctuary for 1,500 unadoptable wild horses. He relates the story of working with the mustangs in his award-winning memoir, "The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs." Alan and his sister Sandra Day O’Connor co-authored the New York Times best-selling memoir, "Lazy B," which chronicles the story of the Day family and growing up on a harsh yet beautiful southwestern ranch. In his new book, "Cowboy Up: Life Lessons from Lazy B," Alan shares stories about ranching and cowboying and the lessons he learned along the way.
Today, Alan divides his time between Tucson and Pinetop, Arizona.