Born in Bakersfield, California and abandoned by his parents in Seattle, Washington. After living in the foster care system for some years, Dan Arnold was eventually adopted. He’s traveled internationally, lived in Idaho, Washington, California, Virginia, and now makes his home in Texas with his wife Lora. They have four grown children and three grandchildren of whom they are justifiably proud, not because they are such good parents, but because God is good.
In 2013, after 40+ years of searching, he found and got reacquainted with his long-lost half-brother and a host of relatives from his mother’s side of the family.
A Member of the Association of Christian Fiction Writers, and Western Writers of America, in 2015, writing under the name Daniel Roland Banks, his book Angels & Imperfections was selected as a finalist in Christian Fiction in the Reader’s Favorite International Book awards.
Dan Arnold is a former Certification and Training Director for CHA, the Association for Horsemanship Safety and Education, former Director of the Program for Applied Equine Studies, and a former Master Instructor in both Western and English riding.
Over his career as a horse trainer and clinician Dan traveled extensively and was blessed to work with a variety of horses and people in amazing circumstances and locations.
He’s herded cattle in Texas, chased kangaroos on horseback through the Australian Outback, guided pack-trips into the Sierras and the Rockies, conditioned and trained thoroughbred race horses, galloped a warmblood on the bank of a canal surveyed by George Washington, and spent uncounted, delightful hours breaking bread with unique characters in diverse parts of the world.
At one (brief) point he was one of the 3% of fine visual artists who earn their entire income from sales of their art. He’s a writer, a painter and a sculptor.
Dan Arnold can’t sing or dance, but he’d like to think he’s considered an accomplished horseman, engaging public speaker, and an excellent judge of single malt Scotch.