PAYTON NICOLE HUDSON
Our Fall Featured Rider is Payton Nicole Hudson.
13-year-old Payton has been riding since the age of 9. What began as a casual pastime quickly became a true passion for this young lady. Payton’s riding career began with a short stint in Academy followed by pairing with show ring veteran, He’s Untouchable. The two enjoyed loads of fun and great success in Walk-&-Trot Pleasure and Youth Pleasure Driving in show rings across the country, including earning great placings at the World’s Championship Horse Show and UPHA American Royal National Championship.
Payton continues to enjoy her beloved “Zeus” but undertook the challenge of showing a three-gaited horse this spring. She and Goodhart’s True Enough have had a fantastic 2018, garnering wins and top placings throughout the season. This fall, Payton has added another “arrow to her weapons,” and is quickly mastering the ropes of riding a five-gaited horse. Her debut aboard Undulata’s Lover Boy at the recent NTASHA-UPHA Fall Classic was a great learning experience. The crowd favorite, this personable pair made it known that they’ll soon be a force to be reckoned with.
Payton shares her love of horses with her family, which is always on hand to support her. Proud parents Tom and Sarah Hudson make sure she gets all the lesson time needed but keep things balanced in life by encouraging Payton’s excellent grades, volleyball and cheerleading interests outside the barn. A well-rounded, fun-loving girl who’s always willing to lend a helping hand, Payton finds joy in all things and loves to share that joy with everyone around her.