The Whole Nine Yards, the 2003 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse.
1998 to 2017
World Grand Champion in 2003

Going The Whole Nine Yards in 2003 - What a prophetic slogan and a truly prophetic name for a truly great horse!   When The Whole Nine Yards and Bill Bobo were crowned the 2003 World Grand Champions, it was the climax of a spectacular show ring career.

Owned by Luanne Sigman, and trained by Bill Bobo, 'Nine' was destined to be a champion. He is by the 1994 World Grand Champion, Gen's Armed and Dangerous, and out of Cash's Blossom, by the 1987 World Grand Champion, Coin's Hard Cash. Other greats appearing on his papers include Prides Generator, Ebony Masterpiece, Pride's Gold Coin, Pride of Midnight HF, Midnight Sun and Merry Go Boy. With ancestors like that, greatness is definitely in the stars.

Bob and Luanne Sigman have owned Nine since he was a yearling and it was their son, Rob, who gave him his fitting name. Purchased initially as an amateur mount for Luanne, it soon became apparent that Nine's future lay in a higher realm. He proved to be phenomenally gifted in both ability and personality.

Nine began his career at Larry Wheelan's barn and following the Sigman purchase, he was put in training with Brent Coburn. As a three-year-old, he was placed with Greg Lute, who was to have significant impact on the young horse's career. Showing in Kentucky and middle Tennessee, Greg and Nine consistently found themselves in the ribbons. At this tine, the charismatic stallion began gathering the crowd of fans that followed him all the way to the roses in 2003. His crowd appeal became evident at the 2001 Celebration where he and Greg made the workout and went on to place fifth in the Three-Year-Old World Championship.

The Whole Nine Yards Poster

Photo submitted by Anna Whitaker

When Greg stopped training in 2002, Nine was moved to Bill Bobo's stables. Bill recalls, "When I got the call from Luanne, I really was so excited and I felt he was a blessing from the Lord. I'm just tickled to death to have been chosen to ride him". To say the decision to place Nine with Bill was a good one is a big understatement.

The Whole Nine Yards winning the roses with Bill Bobo.

In 2002, they won both the Four-Year-Old Stallion World Championship and the Four-Year-Old World Grand Championship. Nine was then named Four-Year-Old Horse of the Year by the Walking Horse Trainers' Association and voted Walking Horse Report Readers' Choice Four-Year-Old Horse of the Year.

In 2003, they racked up victories at the Trainers' Show and the Columbia Spring Jubilee before winning the Aged Stallions World Championship and the World Grand Championship.

In their two years together, Bill and Nine have shown the magic 'nine' times. They actually chose to abbreviate the 2003 season so it would work out that way. They have won nine blue ribbons, eight of which were by unanimous decision.

The Whole Nine Yards and Bill Bobo enjoying their win.

Discussing Nine after the Celebration, Bill states, "He's just one of those horses that people want to see, like a great athlete. That kind of horse just doesn't come along but once, maybe twice, in a lifetime. The first one I had was Pride's Gold Coin. I think, like Gold Coin, Nine will go on to put a mark on the breed. Everybody that's been connected to him so far has benefited in countless ways, and whoever ends up standing him will be very fortunate. His class of horses - those born the same year as him, is outstanding - many just dominated as five-year-olds. For Nine to come out at the top of that class really says something about him. He made us all look good and I give all the glory to God for creating such an incredible animal and placing him in my hands."

Nine was indeed the magic number in 2003, from the back number worn by Bill, to the nine show ring appearances and nine blue ribbons, to the nine years that have passed since Nine's sire, Gen's Armed And Dangerous won the World Grand Championship.  It was indeed The Whole Nine Yard's year!!!

The Whole Nine Yards Team - Bob, Rob and Luanne Sigman, Bill Bobo, Greg Lute, his brother and his father.

Plans for Nine's future include standing at stud at Womack Stables at Glen Oaks Farms. As for where he will be exhibited over the next year, Luanne says they'll leave those decisions up to Bill Bobo. There is no doubt, however, that Nine and Bill will be a significant presence over the next year, and that the University of Tennessee home coming crowd better be ready for one heck of a show.

January, 2017 - the industry is saddened by the loss of this great horse. Rest in peace, Nine.

Original Message -----
connie bobo
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 5:56 AM

I have just read your beautiful tribute to 9. It was so beautiful! I am sitting here with tears streaming down as much of this night I do not remember because of a concussion. So, thank you for this wonderful page. I usually look at your web site ......... I don't know how I missed this. I am extremely sentimental this morning as we have just had our first "9" baby born alive ( we lost our first two). I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated this story and how much it meant to me. If its alright with you I would like to print it out for Bill's scrap book..
Thanks Again,
Connie Bobo
Bobo Farms Inc

----- Original Message -----
Saturday, September 25, 2010 9:37 AM
Feedback From Walkers Website

First I would like to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading and looking at your website. Well Done!

I went with a friend yesterday to look at a little mustang some people were trying to sell. Boy was I surprised when we walked the mustang into the tacking up room and saw a huge picture of The Whole Nine Yards on the wall, this just days after I had been looking at all the WGC's on your website. When I asked about it they told me that he had been there for awhile, that's when it dawned on me that the sign out front said Greg Lute Walking horses! Of course then I had to really take a good look around. I am not sure how many stalls where in that barn but I am guessing about 42 and the saddest part of all they were all empty. I guess another era gone. But as I stood in the main isle way I let my imagination run wild and I filled all those stalls with great TWH's and it was amazing! I wish I had been there when Nine was there it would have been great to meet this amazing horse and the people associated with him. It was still a neat experience anyway.

Thank you for such a wonderful site! Keep up the good work!



Thank you for such a nice email.  The Whole Nine Yards was a great World Champion - I saw him win......  In fact, there is a video of him on my website -
What state are you in?  I don't think I knew Greg Lute but would probably have liked to know him.
Thank you for the kind words about the website.  Come see us if you are ever in the North Texas area.

Mary Ellen Areaux
Walkers West
Kaufman, TX

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