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World Grand Champion Portrait Hangs in Celebration Offices

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The official portrait of 2003 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse The Whole Nine Yards was officially put on display Dec. 10 at the main offices of The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn.

The portrait is commissioned annually by the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association in Lewisburg, Tenn. Identical portraits will also go on display at the TWHBEA offices and at the Executive Residence of Governor Phil Bredesen.

“The world grand champion is horse most identified each year in our industry,” said Celebration CEO Ron Thomas. “We’re very proud to have this photo in our lobby. It’s the first thing visitors see when coming to our offices.”

The official portrait of The Whole Nine Yards was taken by photographer Jack Greene of Murfreesboro.

The sorrel stallion captured the Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship Aug. 30 of this year in front of a standing-room only crowd of over 29,000 at the historic Celebration Grounds.

The Whole Nine Yards is owned by Robert and Luanne Sigman of Canal Winchester, Ohio. He is trained by three-time Walking Horse Trainers’ Association Trainer of the Year Bill Bobo and currently stands at stud at Glen Oaks Farm in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Since his championship, “Nine” and Bill Bobo have been on exhibition several times this fall including stops at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Barbecue Cookoff in Lynchburg and at the University of Tennessee’s homecoming football game.

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