Hi! I'm Sierra, a serious horse lover & rider.

I'm Sierra Barckholtz, an intermediate saddleseat rider and hackney pony lover. I love doing shows, helping out at the barn, and most importantly, being around horses! Ever since I started horseback riding in May of 2020, I have been obsessed with horses. They are my passion and my love for them simply cannot be explained. Let me tell you a little bit about my riding journey. 


After my first riding lesson, May 29th 2020, I began taking lessons at a small barn near my house. I loved the barn and the horses. Every week I would be excited to see the equines and work on my riding. I rode twice a  week for around an hour each lesson. During this time I was a fairly new beginner. I was still working on my posting trot and trying to get the hang of the canter. 

I stayed at this barn for a few months, till around December 2020. I was having trouble getting lessons in because it was always packed and the coaches didn't have a lot of time for any more lessons. It was an amazing barn but sadly I had to make the decision to switch. 


After I switched I began taking lessons at a new barn. It was such an incredible barn. Everything was clean and organized and the horses were trained so well. Overall, it was a great barn. The barn offered saddleseat and hunt seat. I had previously been taking hunt seat so I wanted to try something new and test out saddleseat. Boy, am I glad I decided to try it! I had a blast with the saddlebreds and I've decided to ride saddleseat now. 


Here I am now! A saddleseat rider with a passion for horses and the equestrian life. I enjoy competing in tournaments, riding the cutest hackney pony ever named Vinny, and helping out at my local horse rescue. I'm so happy I found my barn and I cant wait to take my riding to the next level. 

Here are some questions I am commonly asked: 

Q: What style of riding do you ride?

A: I enjoy riding saddleseat and working on my equitation and patterns.  

Q: Do you have a horse?

A: Sadly no, I don't have my own horse. I don't plan on looking for a horse for at least 1-2 years. I want to make sure I am able to take care of one financially and that I have enough experience and knowledge to safely care for a horse before I think about buying. 

Q: Do you show?

A: This year is a very exciting year for me because I will be competing with the academy team at my barn! I will be doing 4 shows and am super excited to start showing. 

Q: What horse breed do you ride?

A: At my barn I ride a variety of different breeds. I ride Bella (a Friesian), Vinny (a hackney pony), Manny (a saddlebred), Honey (a saddlebred) and Spirit (an arabian).

Want to partner up? 

If you are a company interested in a brand ambassador or an equestrian to sponsor, I'm your girl! Email me at sierrabythebay@gmail.com for business inquiries.  


I look forward to posting on this blog, and I am excited to share my riding journey with you! I find that the equestrian world is amazing, but even more splendid with equestrian friends. Feel free to message me, or ask to write a guest post for my blog. I hope you enjoy this horse lovers website as I know I do!

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