Owner, Jessica Turner, or JT as you may know her balances time between working in Emergency Services, as well as her role as “That Saddle Girl”; business owner and your local saddle and tack expert
Born and raised in Chilliwack, BC, JT’s love of horses started at the tender age of four when her parents were looking for a creative outlet for their precocious child. After an hour of ballet resulted in total failure, horses became the second choice - and clearly, the right one. From lesson ponies, to gymkhana and 4-H, barrel racing and cattle penning lessons, to working for a cutting horse trainer throughout High School and learning to turnback on foot - one thing was clear, JT was hooked on horses.
Following High School JT went to Olds College, where she took both the western horsemanship and business management course. The business classes inspired a move into tack sales and following graduation she went to work for The Mill Store, a prominent tack store in Alberta. It was during her seven year tenure that she honed many of her customer services and sales skills, from tack and saddle knowledge, to saddle fitting, ordering and inventory, trade shows and international sales.
In 2010, JT ventured out on her own. With a desire to find high end tack that was unique and up for the rigours of competition, she began to search out brands that aligned with her values. Just like that, Rose Fire Saddles & Tack was born!
Alberta became home, and JT began riding with local cow horse trainer, Vance Kaglea and eventually purchased her first cow horse, ER Ziggy (Phoenix) in 2016. JT is now raising her own home-bred horses with plans to return to the show pen in the future. For her, the precision and speed of cow horse and the fact that you have to trust your horse fully, is what has drawn her to and kept her fully engrossed in the sport of cow horse
Despite being known as “That Saddle Girl”, JT is much more than that. She is a firefighter, a paramedic and will complete nursing school in 2023. Rose Fire continues to fund her horse hobby, while she is also able to be the person that is can help people during some of the worst and most stressful moments of their lives.
In her “spare” time, (of which there is very little) you can find JT and her better-half, Darius outside with their two dogs, Henlei and George, camping, hiking and fly-fishing.