Barrel racer Leslie Smalygo is the Female Athlete of The Week after placing in multiple events this past week including Deadwood Days of 76, Nebraska’s Big Rodeo as well as the “Daddy of ‘em all” Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Smalygo turned in some of the fastest times at Cheyenne Frontier Days as she placed first in Performance 1 after making a run of 17.38. She was even better in the second Semifinal, winning with a time of 17.16. Smalygo qualified for the Final Round and finished out in second place after stopping the clock at 17.21 seconds.

The Oklahoma native, who dyed her hair red heading into Cheyenne because she needed to "run like her hair was on fire," won nearly $25,000 at the rodeo, making her the top money earner. 

Leslie Smalygo 17.16 Cheyenne Frontier Days Semifinals


Smalygo also competed in Deadwood, South Dakota at the Days of 76 Rodeo and placed seventh with a 17.67 as well as Nebraska’s Big Rodeo, where she made a run of 17.86 to take seventh place once again and earn another check.

The cowgirl is currently sitting in the Top 20 for the WPRA World Standings.

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