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October 13th, 2013

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As Ranch foreman Sam Butler High Chaparral’s Don Collier kept mighty busy and these days he’s still moving fast with a full calendar and busy schedule.

Don spent a day with the cowboys at Red Rock Wild West Townin Mitchell, Indiana on 9/21.  Red Rock is a recreation of a small Western town from the 1800’s.  Created by veteran performer Terry McKnight, it’s dedicated to showing people the fun of the West with a gun and a rope.

The actors at Red Rock keep visitors busy with lots of shootouts, bank robberies, jail breaks, and showdowns, and quick getaways on horseback.
A highlight of Red Rock is the incredibly detailed and beautiful recreation of an 1800 stagecoach, hand crafted by McKnight.  Each stagecoach takes him over a  year to build and is authentic as well as a beauty.  McKnight can drive it with a ‘six-up’ – six horses, a skill that impressed Don.  “I knew a lot of Hollywood stuntmen who couldn’t handle a six-up, only a few good ones could handle that many reins.”


On Saturday, 9/29 Don Collier and Penny McQueen (Editor of the Newsletter and head of A Penny For Your Thoughts Productions) appeared at the Mitchell, IN Persimmon Festival Parade.  Don was right at home riding shotgun on the stagecoach, built and driven by Terry McKnight, while Penny rode alongside on ‘Baby’, a filly provided by Rocky Rice.

Next up for Don is theGlendale, AZ Wild Western Festival, October 25-27.  If you’re anywhere close to the Phoenix, AZ area this is your chance to meet Don Collier (and Penny McQueen). High Chaparral alum Neil Summers will be there, and he’s a treat for fans with backstage stories and an incredible collection of Western TV and movie photos.   You’ll also meet Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Xena Warrior Princess), Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams), Mike Moroff( Scarface, RoboCop), plus a long list of entertainers.

Be sure to stop by the celebrity area at the  Glendale AZ Wild Western Festival, Penny will have a free 5X7 High Chaparral cast photo to give you! 

SAVE on LivingSocial.com – there is a 50% off coupon running right now for the Wild Western Festival! 
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(The gorgeous photos in this article are by Phil Whitlow, retired photographer from the Herald-Times. Thanks Phil!),

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