Buster Welch, the legendary cowboy and longtime horse trainer, died on Sunday (June 12) at age 94. The death of the all-around riding icon came months after a new generation got to know him following his appearance on an episode of Yellowstone Season 4.
Fans of the modern-day western series pretty sure remember him playing a part in Jimmy Hurdstrom’s detour from Montana to the famous 6666 Ranch in Texas in an episode called “Under a Blanket of Red.” Hurdstrom – played by actor Jefferson White – is a professional thief and drug dealer who became a ranch hand at Yellowstone Ranch.
Welch, along with Barry Corbin, were the two men responsible for turning Hurdstrom into a bonafide cowboy. The two well-experienced cowboys help Hurdstrom go through the much-needed cowboy training he didn’t seem to learn much while at Yellowstone.
“There are three Gods in Texas: the Almighty, Buster Welch, and George Strait. You just met one of them,” the foreman told Hurdstrom.
He Was A Legend Long Before His Yellowstone Cameo
“We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Buster Welch,” the show wrote in a post along with Welch’s photo. “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.”
Welch definitely took his love for horses to another level. At age 13, he had left home and got a job herding cattle and breaking horses – which became the groundwork that eventually made him a famous cutting horse trainer. By the time he was 18, Welch was already competing in various equestrian events and, later on, made a fabled career.
He’s a true legend through and through. May he rest in peace!