He rode Cliff's Dad's horse to a win in the 1966 NCHA Futurity. He certainly lived a full life. In the saddle until the end.
May you Rest In Peace Buster Welch. Thank you for all you have done for us, your wisdom will never be forgotten and your legacy will live on forever.......
Buster Welch (May 23, 1928), born near Sterling City, Texas, is a cutting horse trainer and inductee into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, National Cutting Horse Association Riders Hall of Fame and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Buster was chosen as the recipient of the 2012 National Golden Spur Award for his "outstanding contributions to the ranching and livestock industry".
Buster won the NCHA World Championship four times, and the NCHA World Championship Futurity five times. The most notable horses he trained include Marion's Girl, Chickasha Mike, Money's Glo who he trained and in 1962 won the first NCHA World Championship Futurity, in 1963 he won it on Chickasha Glo, in 1966 on Rey Jay's Pete, in 1971 on Dry Doc, and in 1977 on Peppy San Badger. He won the NCHA World Championship on Marion's Girl in 1954 and 1956. He trained Mr San Peppy and won the NCHA World Championship in 1974 and 1976.
2012 National Golden Spur Award
2006 Western Horseman Award
2004 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
AQHA's 30 Year Breeder Award
American Cowboy Culture Working Cowboy Award
Charles Goodnight Award
Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman's Award of Honor
Zane Schulte Trainer of the Year
Stephenville, Texas, Walk of Fame
National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame
National Cutting Horse Association Riders Hall of Fame
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Ride on cowboy.....