The Lord of the Arenas, written by William J. Chambers, is a book for readers of all ages. Like Bill Chambers’ book The Spur In The Prickly Pear, it was written as children’s books; however, parents and other adults will appreciate and enjoy the book’s plot, as well as the names of some of the characters and places, which are symbolic to the State of Texas, as well as to the horse world.
A foolish young man named Bobby Dean left his home as the Prince of the Kingdom of Texas with just a dream. He would return to the land that had spawned him with so much more.
In his youth, it was the dream of riding wild horses that drove him on. What he would ride back to Texas with were memories made of solid gold.
Memories like the gator he rode in the swamps of the land of the Saints and the memories of his uncle Chubby and the one they called the McQuay. These two men filled him with the knowledge of horsemanship. Not only had he rode a mustang the full eight seconds, but he had ridden cutting horses, reining horses, as well as his combining of the two, something he called the reined cow horse.
In the end, what Bobby Dean gave his native land its identity. He was a man of firsts: the first cowboy in a land now rich with the cowboy heritage, the horseman who brought bareback riding to the rodeo and the first to run cattle and make it King for many centuries to come. He was a man who dared to dream; therefore, known as The Lord Of The Arenas.