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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Casey Tibbs, who won a record six world saddle bronc riding titles, was the first cowboy to transcend the sport and become a household name. His personality and flamboyant style put him on the cover of Life Magazine, while his prowess in the ring made him the living symbol of the Western icon, a cowboy on a bucking horse, for a decade.

Tibbs won a total of nine world championships (saddle bronc riding, 1949, 1951-54, 1959; bareback riding, 1951; all-around, 1951, 1955). He was inducted in the inaugural class of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979.

A statue of Tibbs, who died Jan. 28, 1990, stands outside the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Courtesy of PRCA