Resident Feature

Equestrian Star lives and trains in Northgate

Northgate’s own, Payton Fullmore, has been dominating the equestrian scene. This 8th grader who trains with Goshay Equestrian at Sunny Hill Farm recently won Division Champion at the Tri-Valley Classic III, with her horse AmaraZ. This is a 3-part show at KMT in Pleasanton, in addition to the awards at each show, they combine your scores for all three competitions and present an overall Division High Point Award. Payton earned the Tri-Valley Classics Horse Show Series Champion High Point Award for the 2’ Short Stirrup Division!

She is also a member of the Hayes Training IEA Team, based at North Peak Equestrian Center. IEA, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, is a nationwide organization where riders compete on horses randomly assigned to them the day of the competition. This really helps riders build their skills and test their mettle. At the most recent IEA Show in Pleasanton, Payton won Individual Middle School Champion, contributing to her team receiving the Team Middle School Champion award as well! 

She recently made her debut on the AA rated show circuit at the Sacramento International Horse Show – World Cup Week. It was her first time competing in the .80 m Jumpers. Competition was stiff, with around 20 to 25 competitors per round. Even though she was one of the youngest riders, she placed in the top five in 6 out of 8 rounds and ended up as the Reserve Champion for the .80 m Child / Adult Jumper division! 

Look for Payton on the equestrian circuit at Sonoma Horse Park, Murieta Equestrian Center and Paso Robles Horse Park.

By Kara Navolio, Resident since 1991 | Photos by Anne-Marie Fullmore