Buster Welch has spent more time astride “Enchilada” than any other horse. The sorrel gelding, a registered Quarter Horse named Little San Tacho, is by Peppy San Badger and out of Tachita Tercera. Welch has used him for everything from dragging calves to the fire, to team roping, to babysitting a steady stream of Welch grandchildren. Countless young competitors and green riders learned cutting, roping and barrel racing on Enchilada.

He was also handy at turning back cows and settling cattle during the many years Welch competed in cutting events.

“I have spent more time on him than any other horse I ever rode because I was turning back for half the [cutters] and settling [cattle],” Buster says. “And when I came home, if I had anything hard to do, I used him.”

Buster Welch riding his gelding enchilada

Enchilada also won the Top Horse award at the Texas Ranch Rodeo in Wichita Falls in 1986 and 1988. And in 1986 he won the Super Horse title at the Western Heritage Classic in Abilene, Texas.

Now 26 years old, Enchilada remains a dependable mount on Welch’s ranch in Rotan, Texas.

This article was originally published in the March 2007 issue of Western Horseman.

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