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'It's hilarious'

Rodeos have been introduced into the northern chill of Alaska and to the eastern skepticism of Maine, but it is in the Southwest, and especially in Texas, that rodeos are a part of everyday life. At the University of Texas they are even part of college life, and two outstanding members of Los Charros—the college riding and barbecue society—are the Moody sisters, cheerful Bebe in the striped shirt and composed Rhetta in the print. The girls have just finished their first hundred rodeos, competing successfully in their specialties of barrel racing—a high-speed, precision-riding contest—and wild-goat tying.

For the past four years Bebe and Rhetta, the daughters of a Houston lawyer, have ridden "The Salt Grass Trail," the three-day, four-night trek from Brenham to Houston that traditionally opens the Houston Fat Stock Show. Bebe will graduate first and intends to spend a year teaching in Florida, "because they have even more cattle ranches there than in Texas." Meanwhile, the girls are looking forward to another hundred rodeos—a pastime they find "just hilarious."