The Abridged Buster Welch

Buster Welch is the recipient of the 2006 Western Horseman Award. In this month's print feature, author Betsy Lynch explains Welch's dedication to learning, teaching and enhancing the cutting-horse industry. Here are highlights and sidelights of Welch's life.



Birthday: May 23,1928.

Family: Wife, Sheila Dolin Welch, born in Wolf Point, Montana; children: Georgia, Greg, Ken and Ruth Ann Welch; stepchildren: Nina Finley and Dolin Morris; grandchildren: Dawson Burns, Charlsi Finley, Jenny LaSeur, Brook Morris, Abby Siebers, Amy Welch King, Katy Welch, Kelly Welch, Lance Welch, Whitney Welch, Kirby Wilson and Sterling Wilson.

Three favorite horses: Peppy San Badger ("Little Peppy"), Marion's Girl and Haidas Little Pep.

Hall-of-fame inductions: American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame; National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame; National Cutting Horse Association Riders Hall of Fame; Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Championships: Five-time NCHA open futurity champion; four-time NCHA open world champion.

Other accolades: Recipient of the American Cowboy Culture Working Cowboy Award; Charles Goodnight Award; Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman's Award of Honor; and the Zane Schulte Trainer of the Year; and inducted into the Stephenville, Texas, Walk of Fame.

Favorite book: Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman, by J. Evetts Haley.

Book that best explains the times he's seen: The Time It Never Rained, by Elmer Kelton.

Favorite song: "I'd Rather be in Texas for the Round-Up in the Spring," performed by friend Red Steagall.

Favorite Quotes: "The greatest part of our happiness depends on our disposition and not our circumstances." - Martha Washington