Buster Welch, the well-known horse trainer and National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) hall of fame member, has died at the age of 94.
Welch passed away on June 12, according to a statement. No cause of death was reported.
— Bruce Phillips (@bephillip33) June 13, 2022
“His accomplishments, connections and personality contributed to his status as one of the pre-eminent figures in Western American culture,” the NCHA said in a statement.
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……. pic.twitter.com/uvg3abBZxC
— Performance Horse Central (@PHorseCentral) June 12, 2022
“He was inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame, won the Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award, the Golden Spur Award, the Western Horseman Award, the Charles Goodnight Award and a host of other awards and honors too numerous to list here,” it added.
The “Yellowstone” Twitter account also noted Welch’s passing.
“We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Buster Welch. You might recognize him from #YellowstoneTV season 4, but the horse trainer and cutting expert was a legend long before that. May he rest in peace,” it wrote.
We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Buster Welch. You might recognize him from #YellowstoneTV season 4, but the horse trainer and cutting expert was a legend long before that. May he rest in peace. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4eYbwwN5Cb
— Yellowstone (@Yellowstone) June 12, 2022
Welch also had a strong love for his family. In addition to several children, he left behind numerous grandchildren, including 16 great grandchildren, according to the NCHA.
— Brandon Mac 🚀🌕 (@bmaccryptonode) June 16, 2022
A legend among horse trainers, Welch’s death has come as a tremendous loss to many who knew and loved him and his work.