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Posted on Dec 11, 2018

Sevier County Cowboys Win YETI #13 WSTR Finale


Hank Robins, Salina, Utah, and Kycen Winn, Annabella, Utah, hail from the same Sevier County in central Utah, and while that’s considered nearly as good as neighbors in their neck of the woods, the first time they ever entered together was at the World Series Qualifier in Mesquite, Nevada, back in January. They hadn’t roped together most of the year but zoned in a month ago practicing four or five days every week. The practice paid off when they put $234,000 in their pockets topping the YETI #13 World Series of Team Roping Finale.

“We tried to practice with a  purpose every day,” said Winn. “I kept telling him all it’s going to take is one good one and we’ll be able to sit back and just catch them. We drew three really good ones. Our third round steer, he was good too, but one we could have broken out on pretty easy.”

The duo came back in the high call position and only needed to be 9-seconds flat to secure the win. They credit their intense practice sessions for being able to handle it in an easy 7.44-seconds.

“We probably ran that call steer 100 times in the practice pen, I wasn’t even nervous” said Winn. “Hank is the only guy I know who can go almost all month and never miss. Truly, I’m not sure I remember the last time he missed a steer.”

Robins, 33, works full-time at Edward Jones as a financial advisor.

“I’m also a farrier but I might have grown out of that today,” laughed Robins. “With a family and a career it’s been hard to make roping a priority, but for sure the last month I’ve really put my focus on it. I have to thank my wife, Bonnie and my little girl, Reannon, for supporting me.”

Winn, 21, is currently working on his degree in Elementary Education at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

“I come from a long line of educators. My great grandpa, grandpa and dad are all principles and my brother is a math teacher.”

Winn also competes on the college rodeo team—qualifying for the College National Finals the past two years. In 2017 he won the third round and fast-time of the rodeo with his brother, Taylor.

Fast-times are how Winn likes to roll these days. Just two days prior to his #13 Finale championship he topped the #14 Super Qualifier with Jace Mitchell, New Plymouth, Idaho, out-roping the rest of the field by a full three seconds to take home $40,000.

“It took almost 24 hours for that win to set in,” he laughed. “This one might be a while.”

Winn has his sights set on a double-bred Dual Rey colt while Robins may splurge on a snowmobile—his other favorite hobby.

To secure their victory, Robins was riding an 18-year-old head horse he calls Leroy.

“I bought him off a feedlot in 2007. I’ve brought him here four times now, so he’s a veteran.”

Winn was mounted on a 13-year-old heel horse affectionately known as Jazz.

“My uncle sold him to my grandpa as a 3-year-old,” explained Winn. “My dad and brother rode him for a while and hated him so I kind of took over. No one else has ridden him but me. I was going to be a basketball player but that kind of changed when I took over Jazz.

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