Clint Summers’ George Strait buckle
Heading into the 32nd annual George Strait Team Roping Classic, Florida heeler Clint Summers was fighting his head, thinking about calling it quits and picking up a head rope.
“I had been roping with Matt (Sherwood) and we were going to rope at The Strait and be done,” Summers explained. “We ended up winning it, but I still ended up selling my horse to try and start heading.”
While Summers did win the whole roping, this buckle is actually for the overall fast time in the first go-round.
“I got the buckle the first day of the roping,” Summers said. “I was overall fast time of the first round with a 4.5, then we came back and were some kind of five and were somewhere around 10th going into the second day.”
Summers and Sherwood roped their last three steers at The Strait in 16.75 seconds to bring home $132,500 a man along with the famed trucks and trailers—a far cry from the $1,416 Summers had earned all season in ProRodeo competition.
“We had a good steer in the short round,” Summers, who was fourth call back that day, said. “I really wasn’t worried about winning it, I wanted to catch and knew we’d have a chance to win a lot of money. The team right behind us missed. I wasn’t going to watch. I heard the people cheering and looked at the leaderboard, and we had one team to go still leading it. Then Blaster (Colorado’s Ty Blasingame) lost his rope. It didn’t really set in until a few days later.”
Summers bought the steer that won him the biggest payday of his life.
“I actually hauled the steer home that I won the roping on,” Summers said. “A bunch of us rode there from Florida together, so when I won it, me and a buddy of mine and my cousin drove the truck and trailer home. I loaded the steer I won it on in the trailer. I hauled my bucksin horse back with that cow.”
The only buckle that will replace this on Summers’ belt? “A gold buckle, of course,” Summers said.
As this magazine went to press, George Strait announced that the 2017 edition of his GSTRC was his last. Please stay tuned to teamropingjournal.com and look for a follow-up story in our next issue.