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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.

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