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Boonsboro brother, sister win honors at national Hereford show

September 13, 2005

Four Maryland students, including two at Boonsboro schools, won in two events at the National Junior Hereford Expo in Milwaukee, Wis.

Robert Bowman, 18, of Boonsboro, was named Maryland's Outstanding State Junior Member in recognition of his years of achievement.

Robert's sister, Tiffany Bowman, was on the Maryland team that earned the championship in Team Fitting at the national show, which ran from July 9 through 16.

Tiffany is a fifth-grader at Boonsboro Elementary School. Her teammates were Bradley Seiss, of Thurmont, Md., and Karey Howes, of Taneytown, Md.

In all, teams from 22 states were in the competition. Ohio's team took second place and Indiana's was third.

In the competition, which was sponsored by Andis Co. of Racine, Wis., each team had 30 minutes to fit a heifer.

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"What they were doing was grooming the heifer for the show, brushing it, trimming the hooves," Tiffany's grandmother, Rebecca Hutzell, of Fairplay, said Monday. "The cow has to be immaculate to be in a show for a judge."

Robert and Tiffany live with their parents, Wayne and Brenda Bowman, and a sister on Mapleville Road near Boonsboro, Hutzell said.

She said Robert graduated this year from Boonsboro High School and is attending Hagerstown Community College, with plans to major in engineering.

Hutzell said her grandson has been showing cattle for several years. "He's really into it big time. He's doing fitting and showing for others in the county. He's just beginning to do stuff like that."

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