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Wednesday, Jan 26th, 2011

Teenage brothers win matching duallys at Truck Fiesta

Salvador Flores Jr., usually heels and his little brother, Armando, had always headed prior to this year. The boys from Buckeye, Ariz., swapped their usual ends, with Salvador heading and Armando heeling at the Fiesta, produced by Yost Events at Dunn’s Arena on Jan. 23. The average winners of the Fiesta -- a stop on the National All Amateurs Tour -- would get the keys to two brand-new Ford Powerstroke dually trucks.

Salvador, 19, hadn’t even been on a horse for two weeks because rodeo practice hadn’t yet begun at Cochise College in Douglas, where he’s a sophomore. He took the mare he’s had for eight years, Cee Cee, to a roping Friday that he won heeling, then turned around and headed on her Saturday with four partners.

The eldest Flores brother had trucks on his mind, and did a lot of reaching on Saturday, missing with two of his other partners. “I told my brother that if we needed to be quick, I was going to let it go fast because I wanted to win those trucks,” he said. It worked well enough to give the brothers the high call-back position.

Their father, Salvador Flores Sr., missed the fourth high steer, and the second high team missed, as well, but the brothers still had to be a short 8 for the win. They were exactly 7.78 -- the third fastest time in the short round -- to win the trucks by just a half-second over Kerry Black and Brock Kipp.

As soon as they came tight, Salvador and Armando’s cowboy hats were tossed high, which cued their extensive herd of family and friends (including their visiting grandmother from Mexico) in the stands to throw their hats, too, in a true roping fiesta.

Salvador had won six saddles in his young career, but never a prize like this. Both boys turned down offers to buy the trucks for tens of thousands of dollars.

“We drew good on all three of our runs,” Salvador said. “We just like NAA ropings because of the guaranteed cash and prizes. That Ty Yost would guarantee two trucks no matter how many teams he got is awesome, and the fact that my brother and I won them is a dream come true!”

$10K stays in Arizona with Woolsey and Johnson

Forty-four teams entered the Open Roping at the Arizona Roping Fiesta on Jan. 22, including some who drove all night from the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver.

Derrick Begay and Kory Koontz took fast-time honors with a 4.52, but it was Arizona’s own Rube Woolsey and Tom Bill Johnson who nabbed the guaranteed $10,000 first-place prize by roping five steers in 33.74 seconds. They edged Erich Rogers and B.J. Campbell by just one one-hundredth of a second for the big money.