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Joe Alexander dominated bareback riding like no other cowboy has to date. His five consecutive world titles and two regular season championships in the 1970s remain a PRCA record. Alexander, born Nov. 4, 1943, in Jackson Hole, Wyo., was a natural athlete. Ranch-raised near Cora in western Wyoming, he competed in college rodeo, winning the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s title in 1966. Alexander entered about 85 rodeos a year, well below the 100-plus events of most full-time contestants of his era. He set the bareback riding world record in 1974 with a 93-point ride on Beutler Brothers & Cervi’s Marlboro in Cheyenne, Wyo. This mark stood until October 2002 when Wes Stevenson rode Kesler Rodeo’s Cover Girl for 94 points during the Wrangler Tour Finale in Dallas. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979.