Horse & Style Magazine: Saddle Club
As Featured in Horse & Style Magazine
Written by Alli Addison
Photography by Kyle Barney, Justiin Charles, & Rodney Ray
Styling by Jessica Rose Lee
Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, California sits a girl with a passion for good deeds, beautiful horses and great clothes. Who begged her parents for a pony at the age of nine, received said pony and was instantly thrusted into a world revolving around the animals she loves so much. And whose upbringing and schooling led her into a career in luxury fashion marketing and later equine rescue programs. So what is a girl to do with such a path in life? She creates a club unlike any other.
For nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, California sits Jessica Rose Lee, creator and founder of Saddle Club - a California lifestyle brand inspired by the modern equestrian, tailored for the fashion culture of today, and benefitting equine rescue programs of America. “The evolution of Saddle Club has been completely organic,” explains Lee. What began as a riding lesson program to introduce equestrian lifestyle to popular culture has grown into so much more.
After Jessica Rose Lee graduated from San Diego State University and began working in the fashion industry, she felt a strong urge to blend her professional career with her love of horses. So she carried on immersing herself in the horse world, taking positions as an assistant rider at private training stables for grand prix show jumping horses at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, and organizing events on the side at local race tracks. Her path crossed with so many animals over the years and she loved that she was able to maintain her connection to equestrian culture. These animals would come and go, as would Lee. And over the years she began to look back and wonder about all those horses, where they were and what they were doing. She continued to question and continued to research. Did you know that 85% of first-time horse owners get rid of their horses within five years, and a startling number of horses are shipped abroad each year for human consumption, with the majority of these animals being healthy, 7-10 years of age and in good condition? For Lee, the calling to volunteer began to beckon.