Who is Leslie Smalygo?

Leslie Smalygo is making her first NFR debut in 2022—here's what you've been dying to know about this Oklahoma cowgirl.
Leslie Smalygo Cheyenne Frontier Days Barrel Racing
Leslie Smalygo at Cheyenne Frontier Days 2022. Image by Robert Rosales/Natural Light Photography.

Oklahoma residents have known how tough Leslie Smalygo was for years, but the world recently took notice when she battled it out on her unique horse, Gus, to secure the No. 15 spot in the WPRA world standings.

Smalygo, from Skiatook, Oklahoma, is headed to her first NFR in 2022, and although this episode was recorded before she knew she was officially headed to Vegas, you’re going to want to hear this barrel racer’s story.