The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
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Champion of the Western World 

Blue has his eye on a $300 silver saddle but only $18. He and the men decide they can win the money at the Fourth of July rodeo. When only John wins at the rodeo, it is left to Blue filling in at a prize fight for the boxer he hurt.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Big John Cannon
Buck Cannon
Billy Blue Cannon
Manolito Montoya
Victoria Cannon
Paddy O'Bannion
Charles H. Gray ...
Sam Butler
Joe Butler
Jerry Summers ...
Bart Kellogg


Blue is saved from being killed by a highwayman by Paddy O'Bannion, a prize fighter in the Tucson Fourth of July celebration. On a trip to Tucson Blue spots a silver saddle for $300. Blue immediately falls in love with it but has only $18 which he puts down on it with the rest promised by 5:00 pm July 4. He and the other ranch hands believe they can win the money at the rodeo for the saddle while Victoria declares she is fed up with the men fighting. The men fail at the rodeo except for John. It doesn't look good for buying the saddle. Blue is shoved into sparring with one of the prize fighters for fun. However, when Blue breaks the fighter's jaw, it appears the fight will be called off until Buck nominates Blue to take the injured fighter's slot with the guarantee that if he wins, he earns enough for the saddle. The fight goes nearly thirty rounds when both men collapse. The fight is called a draw and all bets canceled. Blue and Victoria both end up winners when Blue finally agrees ... Written by Anonymous

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4 February 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of the funniest episodes
28 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Champion of the Western World" is one of the funniest episodes of The High Chaparral. Billy Blue (Mark Slade) sees a beautiful silver saddle, which he wants to buy. The price is much too high so he decides he has to win the prize money for the 4th July Rodeo. Joe (Bob Hoy) at first wants the saddle for himself, but after the ranch-hands decide to join forces when they are provoked by a cowboy from another ranch. Even Big John Cannon (Leif Erickson), despite his 'old age' takes part in the contest. Lots of funny scenes with the bunkhouse boys and exchanges between Blue and Paddy O'Binnian (Charles Aidman) who he has to fight in this episode. Very good episode for Mark Slade, but with lots of room for the other characters as well.

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