YETI #10 WSTR Finale Awards the Largest Paycheck in Team Roping History
The 2018 YETI #10 WSTR Finale just made its mark when it awarded the single-largest paycheck in the history of the sport—a whopping $376,000—to Hank Robins and Colton Robins, both of Aurora, Utah, but no relation. Hank, 33, also etched his name in the history books over the course of three days in Las Vegas. Not only did he win the #10 Finale, but he also topped the YETI #13 Finale with Kycen Winn, worth $234,000, and the Boehringer Ingelheim #11 Consolation with K C Jensen for another $10,500. With his split he’ll be taking home $310,250.
Hank, Colton, Winn and Jensen all practice together in their home state of Utah and to say they prepared for this year’s Finale is an understatement.
“It was one of them deals where preparation paid off,” said Hank. “We were confident we were prepared anyways.”
For more than a month they’ve been going gangbusters practicing four or five days a week.
“We practice at Ky and Craig Oberg’s place,” said 23-year-old Colton. “My dad actually roped in the same circle as Hank’s dad, so we’ve been doing this since we can remember.”
Hank’s dad, Angus Robins, along with local friend, Alan Gurney, have been going in on practice steers for years and years unknowingly laying the ground work for a historical World Series of Team Roping Finale.
Fast forward to the YETI #10 short round where Hank and Colton came back second high call and made a clean 9.63-second run. Combined they roped four steers in 33.07 seconds.
“It’s taken a long time, but I’ve learned to just rope the one you’re looking at,” said Hank. “So that’s what I tried to do in the short round. Actually, it was the worst run I’ve had all week. I didn’t get ahold of him as much as I’d like to but it worked.”
It sealed the deal when the high call team of Courtney Myers, Beeville, Texas, and Jay Hipp, Uvalde, Texas legged up. The Texas duo was still quick enough to finish second in the average and take home $283,000.
What does it if feel like to make history winning two of the highest paying roping divisions of all time?
“I think I’m going to turn my horse out by the river and retire,” laughed Hank. “Honestly, I should be able to rope on this the rest of my life. It’s pretty unreal still.”
Hank works full-time as a financial advisor for Edward Jones—an occupation that’s going to come in handy right about now.
“I’m used to handling big money, but not my own,” he followed.
Hank lives in Utah with his wife, Bonnie and daughter, Reannon, where they just purchased the local Subway franchise.
“My wife does all the work, I just go in and eat the cookies.”
Colton, works for his family’s sale barn ‘R’ Livestock Connection in Monroe, Utah. This past summer he married his now wife, Lindsay, who could hardly contain her excitement.
“I started crying before they even roped,” she laughed.
“She ropes too,” Colton added. “She just had shoulder surgery and she’s been itching to get back to it. I’m pretty sure she was shaking more than I was when we came up the stairs.”
A former college rodeo athlete, Colton qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2016 team roping for the Southern Utah University Rodeo Team.
For the historic win, Colton was aboard a 6-year-old homegrown mare he calls Sage. Hank was on the same horse he rode for the win in the #13 Finale, an 18-year-old veteran head horse he calls Leroy.
“I used the same rope, too,” said Hank. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to hang that one up.”