BECKY JO SMITH
Becky Jo Smith, 20, of Jal, N.Mex., is national women's intercollegiate rodeo champion this year for the third time in a row. A junior at Hardin-Simmons College in Abilene, Texas, she rode in her first rodeo at 12, now raises and trains her own horses. Becky Jo wants to be a teacher after her graduation.
Ira Akers, 22, won the men's intercollegiate title this year for the second time. A rodeo performer since he was 4, Ira is a senior at Sam Houston State College, Huntsville, Texas, majors in ranch animal husbandry. He plans to continue riding in rodeos to raise money to stock a cattle ranch of his own.