Walt Arnold was born on September 1, 1938 on a ranch out of Silverton, Texas. Roping was always a natural part of life for Arnold. He roped his first cow when he was 6. Arnold’s childhood was spent around horses and he could usually be found with a rope in his hand. His experience from an early age helped him become a top-notch horseman, an ability that no doubt aided his career in the arena.
Walt first entered the West of the Pecos Rodeo in 1967, the first year that they had Steer Roping. He last entered in 1991, a span of 25 years. He always thought that Pecos was a good place to rope, it was a very well run organization with good people.