The Layup: Summers and Ashford Move on to Gold Medal Round

Clint Summers and Ross Ashford took the round win in performance four of the WCRA Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo semi-finals with a 4.89-second run, to move on to the Gold Medal Round.

Clint Summers and Ross Ashford were the second team out in the fourth performance of the WCRA Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo semi-finals and put major pressure on the final six teams of the night.

Summers, of Lake City, Florida, and Ashford, of Lott, Texas, laid down a run in 4.89 seconds to win the performance, worth $1,600 a man, and advance to the Gold Medal Round on Saturday, July 24.

“I know that if I can just get it on them and set it up for Ross, he likes to throw fast,” said Summers, who qualified for the Wrangler NFR in 2018 on the heel side. “That’s kind of our game plan every time.”

When Summers nodded his and the chute gates opened, the steer broke and ran to the right, making Ashford ride his horse towards the wall of the arena to stay off the steer while trying to keep him in range for Summers’ to rope.

“It was a little bit scary; I’m not going to lie,” Summers said. “He was off to the right. and then when I was throwing it felt like he was checking up on me and I was gaining, of course. I was honestly worried about it popping off, but it stayed on.”