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A Profile of Rodeo Star Clint Robinson


A Profile of Rodeo Star Clint Robinson

Clint Robinson tosses a loop during National Finals Rodeo.

Photo © Chris Carlson, Associated Press
While Texas may be the first place that comes to mind when you hear the word "rodeo," successful cowboys come from all corners of the globe. One of the more unusual locations is Utah, and this state has produced a number of top-winning cowboys in the past few years, including Clint Robinson. This hulking mountain of a man is handy with a rope, and competes in a variety of events as he traverses the country in search of the big money.

Clint was born on July 16th, 1982 in Ogden, Utah to Lance and Marla Robinson. Some that know this accomplished cowboy joke that he was literally born on horseback. Clint learned his roping skills from his father Lance, who is an accomplished cowboy in his own right, earning his way into the National Finals Rodeo multiple times during the 1980s. The Robinson family is also heavily involved in the world of Thoroughbred racing, with interests in farms from Kentucky to Florida. Clint has always had a soft spot for horses, and has a natural talent for training, working his magic on his personal rodeo mounts, Buck and Ruby. This family involvement and love of all things equine made rodeo a natural choice, and Clint was competing well before high school. He was particularly skilled with a rope, and chose to stick with tie-down roping, team roping, and steer wrestling. Clint was crowed the 2000 Utah State High School Rodeo All Around champion, setting the stage for a very successful professional career.

2003 saw Clint still on the rodeo trail; however, this time he was armed with his pro card and ready to play with the big boys. He won the tie-down roping event at the Cloverdale Exhibition and Rodeo Austin, and took home third place honors at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, one of the largest events in the country. Clint capped off his rookie year in style, winning the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year awards in both tie-down roping and the all-around competition. 2004 was an even bigger year for Clint, as he took home wins at the Reno, Nevada, Deseret Peak Stampede, Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo, and Tri-State rodeos. These wins, among other victories, granted Clint a space in the prestigious Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, where he finished 12th in the overall standings with earnings of over $107, 000.

The 2006 season gave Clint the first of his four Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearances, where he finished the year 7th in tie-down roping and 4th in the all-around competition. He placed in 4 out of 10 rounds of competition at the NFR, winning the 9th round with a time of 7.3 seconds. Clint would not see the lights of the Thomas and Mack center again until the 2008 season, during which he finished 9th in the race for the all-around title. Clint secured National Finals competitor status again in 2009, finishing third in the all-around race. His roping prowess earned Clint a spot in the 2012 National Finals Rodeo, where he finished 4th in both the tie-down competition and all-around standings. Clint's notable rodeo wins include the Williams Lake Stampede in British Columbia, Canada, Fort Herriman Rodeo in Utah, and the Falkland British Columbia Stampede. Clint's overall lifetime earnings clock in at more than $1.1 million, and he shows no signs of slowing down. He travels from rodeo to rodeo with buddies Jane Hannum and Nate Baldwin, traversing the country in the hunt for rodeo glory. When he's not logging thousand of miles on the circuit, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Robin, and training horses for fellow rodeo enthusiasts.

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