Since Yellowstone first started airing in 2018, the increasingly popular series has given fans an unparalleled glimpse into the world of ranching and the challenges facing the industry in the 21st century.
In the fifth episode of season 4, Yellowstone took a moment to pay tribute to an iconic figure from the world of horse training.
During his first days at his new home on the 6666 Ranch in Texas, Jimmy was introduced to the legendary Buster Welch.
Jimmy starts his new life on 6666 Ranch
Since disobeying John Dutton by taking part in a rodeo event, Jimmy has found himself kicked out of the Yellowstone Ranch in season 4.
Instead, he has been sent to the 6666 Ranch in Texas where he’ll be put to work and turned into a proper cowboy at last.
In episode 5, Jimmy prepares for his first day of work at the ranch by napping in any spot he can find.
Towards the end of the episode, Jimmy is awoken by a conversation between his senior ranch hand, Ross (Barry Corbin), and an elderly cowboy who is revealed to be Buster Welch.
Who is Buster Welch?
Buster Welch is a legend in the world of horse training and as episode 5 of Yellowstone season 4 states, he’s regarded as one of three gods in the state of Texas alongside singer George Strait and God Almighty himself.
Born Sterling City, Texas on May 23rd, 1928, Buster Welch has been around horses all of his life and left home at the age of 13 to work on a ranch in Midland where he began breaking horses.
Throughout his life, Buster worked on a number of prestigious ranches including the 6666 Ranch, which is where we meet him in Yellowstone.
By the age of 18, Buster turned his attention to competition and took part in several NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association) championships.
Across an illustrious career, Buster was crowned the NCHA World Champion on four occasions and the NCHA World Championship Futurity a further five times.
In the Yellowstone episode, 93-year-old Buster Welch plays himself and is seen sharing his memories of cutting horses with Ross in a touching conversation that won’t fail to put a smile on viewers’ faces.
Fans react to Buster Welch’s cameo
It’s safe to say that Yellowstone fans were certainly pleased that the show paid tribute to such an iconic figure and many have taken to social media to offer up their thoughts.
One fan on Twitter wrote: “The one and only! 93 years old and still dropping wisdom! He’s the Babe Ruth of the Cutting Horse world!”
This fan commented: “There’s three gods in Texas: the Almighty hisself, Buster Welch and George Strait. Best line so far @Yellowstone“
And finally, this fan shared a picture of Buster Welch in his prime:
Season 4 of Yellowstone continues weekly on Sundays at 8/7c on Paramount Network.