The exploits of Champion, a wild stallion who befriends twelve year-old Ricky North in the American Southwest in the 1880's. Although Ricky, who lived on his Uncle Sandy's ranch, had a ... See full summary »
The exploits of Champion, a wild stallion who befriends twelve year-old Ricky North in the American Southwest in the 1880's. Although Ricky, who lived on his Uncle Sandy's ranch, had a magnetic attraction for trouble, he was always rescued by the Wonder Horse, aided by the boy's other bosom companion, German shepherd dog, Rebel. Written by
Champion was in fact played by four different horses. The original "Champion" that made Gene Autry famous in the movies is not the same horse that appeared in the 1955-1956 TV series. Champion easily earned his title of "Wonder Horse" by performing a variety of tricks which included kneeling, untying rope knots and dancing and prancing for the public. It died (buried at Autry's Melody Ranch) when Autry was serving in the military during World War II. The others: "Champion" (the horse of the TV series), a chestnut stallion foaled in 1940. The others - "Champion Jr." and "Little Champion" - were all used in Autry's postwar films. "Champion's" hoofprints can be seen in front of Graumann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. See more »
I remember this series with a lot of affection, "Champion The Wonder Horse" as it was released in the U.K heralded the beginning of the weekend and a whole heap of action for my 6 yr old mind.
Living in London, and not even having a pet the wild adventures of Ricky, Champion, Ricky's Dog and Uncle Sandy (who never seemed to do anything, but always had a pearl of wisdom for the end credits) were a staple of Saturday morning's.
Basic adventures but ones that fired the imagination. Baddies would be trying to sell worthless land by shooting gold dust into the ground, but Ricky and Champ would foil their plans, hiding from baddies Ricky would put a branch on Champ's tail to wipe away Hoof print's and would generally save the day. Which is what most kids at that age would love to do.
Light and harmless entertainment that was truly innocent, a great series and where is the DVD!
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