Not every team roper gets to run at over $200,000 at the World Series of Team Roping Finale. Only a handful get to win. Even fewer win twice in the same year. Hank Robins, a header from Utah, did just that at the 2018 World Series Finale.
Hank grew up on his family’s angus ranch. He started roping around 12-years-old, learning from his father and family friends. He now works as a financial advisor and shoes horses on the side. Horseshoeing was a college job, but he still does enough to get a little bit of a stress release.
Before heading to the World Series Finale, Robins had already set his focus for the week.
“I’m a header. I’m not high risk or a reacher. I’m better off to get a good start, handle the steer and let the heeler make up the time,” Hank said. It’s safe to say that his strategy paid off.
Kycen Winn heeled for Hank in the #13 Yeti Finale. Winn is much more focused on team roping, according to Robins. He competes in pro- and college rodeos. The team were 29.3 on 4 steers.
Hank said, “I was more nervous on the first steer than in the short round. Getting the first one under me helped.”
They were fairly quick on the first steer at 6.5 seconds. This served as a good basis for Robins’ mentality.
“We had a good start and felt like if we had one good steer and were average on the rest, it would work out in the short,” he explained. “After the first one, I gained a lot of confidence.”
On their third run, Hank said that he nearly broke the barrier. Moving into the short round, they were high call back and had to refocus before their final run.
“I was more conservative with the start in the short. They run an even set of cattle, so I expected a good steer. I just let him move and then went after him,” Robins said.
Hank and Kycen felt less pressure as they waited to make their short round run because they had done good work in the first three rounds. They only needed to be faster than 9.4 seconds in the short round to win.
“Waiting was the weirdest part,” Robins said. “I was confident and felt like it was already over. Then we had it!”
Hank had been in similar positions at the World Series Finale five times before and was comfortable competing, but winning first was something entirely new. He remembers feeling incredibly relieved and excited.
“There’s not many chances in life to throw my hat, but it happened then!” Robins said with a chuckle.
After putting that huge win under his belt, Hank had to get back to business to rope in the #10 Yeti Finale with Colton Robins — a friend and distant relative.
“I’ve known him forever. We’ve roped and practiced together since he graduated from high school,” Hank said.”Our numbers fit well, so we’re a good #10 team going in.
The pair was second high call with the first high call team ahead of them by two seconds. Hank admitted that he was a bit less confident going into the #10.
“We knew we were going to get paid. It was a relief,” Hank said. “There was no change in strategy for the short round.”
Hank’s main priority was to catch and give Colton a chance. He said he would have been happy with placing second on a clean run but he was more than happy with how it shook out. They came out with an overall time of 33.07 seconds on 4 steers.
After winning both ropings, Hank said “It took awhile for the win to set in. It was surreal. You hear about people that won and that’s awesome for them, but it’s never you.”
But it was Hank, twice. Controlling what he could, giving his partners good opportunities and cashing in on a little bit of luck, it was Hank Robins.
“You have to be emotionally resilient. Sometimes it isn’t going to work out, but you keep going until it does.”
Congratulations Hank, Kycen and Colton on two incredible wins!
– Whitney Green
1 Peter 4:8