Buster Welch (May 23, 1928), born near Sterling, Texas, is a cutting horse trainer and inducted into the NCHA Member Hall of Fame, American Quarrel The Tema Hall of Fame, the National Cutting Horse Association Riders Hall of Fame, and the Texas Cowboy Hall merged with Fame. Buster was selected as the recipient of the 2012 National Golden Spurs Award for “outstanding contributions to animal husbandry.”
Buster is a four-time NCHA World Championship winner and a five-time NCHA World Championship future champion. Notable horses he trained include Marion’s Girl, Chickasha Mike, Money’s Glo, he trained and won 1st place at Chickasha Glo in 1962, 1963 at Rey Jay’s Pete in 1966, Dry Doc and Peppy San Badger in 1971 2018 NCHA World Champion Future Championship. He won the 1954 and 1956 NCHA World Championships. He coached Mr. San Peppy and won the NCHA World Championships in 1974 and 1976.
Buster Welch was born on May 23, 1928, near Sterling, Texas.  Buster’s ancestry goes back to his roots in the pre-Civil War family settlements in Tennessee and Texas. He was born near the confluence of the Colorado and Concho rivers, north of Sterling, Texas, and grew up as a child.
His mother died shortly after he was born, leaving his grandparents to raise him on their cattle ranch for some time. His father remarried and moved the family to Midland, Texas, where he worked for Atlantic Richfield. While still in elementary school, Buster ran away from home several times, skipping school to go to the yard, where he learned to ride wild horses.
At the age of 13, he left home for good and found a job hunting horses, herding large herds of cattle, and tending various other ranch jobs for ranchers Foy and Leonard Proctor in Midland, Texas. It was there that Buster learned the basics of horseback riding and dealing with cattle that accompanied him into adulthood
After leaving Proctor’s, Buster worked on many prestigious ranches such as 6666 Ranch, Pitchfork Ranch, King Ranch, Long X and several others, where he developed his skills working with live and beef cattle. His goal is to have his own ranch one day.