2011 Select World

2-Year-Old Geldings

Steven Headley and Motavated capture their first world championship.

2-year-old geldings world champion Steven Headley and Motavated

Steven Headley grabs his first world championship gold trophy with his bay gelding Motavated.

Steven Headley of Bloomington, Indiana, confessed that his friends and family would have to pry the gold trophy out of his hands later today. After all, it’s his first AQHA world championship.

Headley won the trophy in 2-year-old geldings with Motavated, a bay gelding owned by Headley and his wife, Kathy.

“It feels great,” Steven says. “It’s a great show and a great program. We always have a good time here, and it’s even nicer when you get a gold.”

The Headleys found Motavated through their trainers, AQHA Professional Horsemen Jason Smith and Doug Landon. The Headleys bought him last year at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, where he earned bronze in yearling geldings.

“He has come along being a great horse,” Steven says. “The trainers have done a great job fitting him, and they make me look good. He’s a really fun horse to show.”

When the Headleys aren’t working with their horses, they’re managing 17 healthcare facilities, including retirement centers and nursing homes. Plus, they’re enjoying a new grandson. Steve says he’s also trying his hand at reining, “If I don’t get too old first and fall off.”

The plans for Motavated are to keep showing him.

“Hopefully we’ll keep right on going,” he says. “The way he’s maturing, I think he’ll make the jump to aged. Hopefully he’ll have a long career. My daughter will be showing him at the World Show and the Congress."