Royale Equestrian Centre

Striving to develop/maintain happy, quality, well trained horses & to provide horse owners/riders with a fun and safe place to ride, where we will treat your horse like one of our own!

About Us

About Us

We are a family run farm that was built with love and passion by Dawn Patterson and her daughter Emily Bertrand. The farm was established in 2007 and located  right in the city of Ottawa. We are passionate about horses and love to share our passion with others. Horses are incredible animals kind, patient, powerful and have so much to offer and teach us. We are commited to the care and well being of our horses as well as providing our riders with the opportunies to allow them to learn, grow, and acheive their goals while having lots of fun along the way.

Fun - Passion - Team Work - Education - Performance

We offer programs that are designed with an emphasis on ensuring that students receive a comprehensive well rounded education aimed towards riders that are passionate about horses and have a drive and desire to improve and succeed. The programs are to aid in developing quality well educated horsemen/women. Weather you would like to persue a career in the equine industry, be sucessful in competition or simply just love horses and want to improve your skills, education and  have a good time, we have a program for you!

For any athlete to become sucessful they need thousands of hours of coaching and practice time but in the equestrian sport riders also need to be well educated when it comes to their horse. The horse is your partner and relies heavily on us to ensure that they are happy, healthy, fit, and well cared for. Riders must know and understand how to care for their horse. You can never stop learning, and we believe in order to be sucessful you need to have a strong education and balance between your riding skills and horsemanship.


Meet the Team


 Emily Bertrand & Laurence Jean-Pierre


Emily rides and trains full time, teaches part time and over sees the operations alongside her long time beau Laurence Jean-Pierre who manages and maintains the farm. Laurence is great with kids, he enjoys caring for the horses, and he manages all maintenance and repairs for the farm including liaising with staff and volunteers. He keeps our farm running in top shape and his high standards keep the property safe for the horses and looking great!

Emily has had a passion for horses from a young age, it all started when she had her first ride when she was just 4 years old and ever since then she never stopped riding! For years she took lessons at a local barn in Quebec and would spend weekends riding at her aunts farm. At the age of 10 it was apparent this wasn't going to be a faze and she started working at her aunts stable. Over the years she then moved on to training and working at various local stables in the Ottawa area gaining great knowledge and experience from working as a trail guide, to exercising, breaking and training horses, barn manager, and instructor/freelance coach.

She has done everything from western pleasure, hunters, fox hunting and dressage but her main focus is in eventing and she enjoys developing young horses. Emily is working hard and has been lucky to train under some great riders and coaches including; Bruce Davidson, Phillip Dutton, Jill Henselwood, Jimmy Wofford, Denny Emerson, David Wilding Davies just to name a few! She continues to work hard always seeking to learn more; anything and everything to do with horse to make her a better coach, rider, trainer and horsewoman. Emily has a strong desire to succeed and trains under the tutelage and guidance of FEI Course Designer, Level 3 Eventing Coach and former International Event Rider Paul Popiel.

 Click here to view information on Sponsorship & Emily's Current Mounts


Emily & Dreamer over a 5'2 Hedge      Emily & Abbey Preliminary          Emliy & Pearl Training

Dawn Patterson

Dawn (right) presenting Sonja Laing with the 2011 Jeff Mould Citizenship Award

 Dawn is Emily's mother and part owner of Royale Equestrian Centre. She also had a passion for horses at a young age and would spend all her time riding the neighbor's horses and competing in local shows as well as being a veterinary assistant when she was in her twenties.

 Dawn started REC with Emily in 2007 and helped in developing and growing our business into what it is today. She is hard working and not only helps run the businnes and drive our horse trailer, she also works full time as a Cheif Officer of the Agricultural Surveys for the Government and Canada. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and all this wouldn't have been possiable withought all her hard work and support.


Maureen Popiel


Maureen riding Celtic at Intermediate


Maureen is an accomplished rider and coach she has competed and trained horses for over 25 years up to the Intermediate/CCI** level and has been sucessfully coaching adults and children for 20 years. She is a wonderful rider and has trained under some of the best in the industry including: her husband Paul Popiel, David Wilding-Davies, Jack LeGoff, Gen. Michael Gutowski, Richard Mead, Mike Plumb, Richard Walker, and Torrance Watkins.  Maureen has many accomplishments as a rider including being a member of the Quebec Young Rider Team in 1974 and High Point Preliminary and Above rider in Quebec in 1996.


Maureen  is a fantastic coach that has a wealth of knowledge to share with her students and we are proud to have her as a part of our team! Maureen is currently in the process of obtaining her Equine Canada Coach 2 Certification which will enable her to test riders for the Equine Canada Riders Levels as well as EC Instructors Certification.


Click HERE to read the story of the Popiel's wonderful horse Snow Boots from the book "Horse of A Lifetime" Written by Dr. Helen Douglas.



Lana Lotan-  Scheduling & Theraputic Riding Instructor


Kaylee Mashinter - Instructor




Paul Popiel- Regular Clinics


Paul leaping over the broken bridge Bromont Advanced

Paul teaches regular clinic's at Royale Equestrian Centre. His accomplishments speak for themselves and we are honoured to have such a wonderful coach! He is a highly sought after coach and he has a wealth of knowledge to share with his students and after all these years he still maintains a love and passion for horses and the sport eventing. Paul teaches beginner riders all the way up to international competitors and can bring out the best in any horses and rider. He has trained horses and brought student along from scratch right up to at the Advanced levels


Paul was born in Krakow, Poland in 1935 and immigrated to Canada in 1949. He first started eventing in 1965 and soon was riding at the highest level of the sport on horses that he started himself. Paul was short listed for the Canadian Olympic 3-Day team in 1976 and then again in 1984. He is an Equine Canada Level 3 Eventing Coach and was recipient of the ?Entraineur par Excellence? award from the Quebec Equestrian Federation in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and most recently was awarded the Equine Canada Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the sport.

Paul is also an EC ?R? (cross-country) course designer and retired FEI course designer. In 1990 the USCTA awarded Paul the PHD (post hole digger) Trophy for the innovative cross-country course designer and builder. His courses have included the 1987 Pan American 3-Day Event course in Indianapolis, Indiana; 1989-90 Circle K International Horse Trials at Trojan Horse Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona and the 1993 NAYR Championships at Tempel Farm, Wadsworth, Illinois.

Click Here for an Article posted in the USCTA NEWS PHD Award!

Click Here for the Article written in the USCTA NEWS about the Circle K-UPC

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Royale Equestrian Centre wouldn't be what it is today without all of the lovley horses, the wonderful hard working volunteers, riders, parents and supporters!


In Memory of Jeff Mould

You will always be in our hearts.

MOULD, Jeffrey C. (Jeff) Peacefully and surrounded with the warmth and love of his family, in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the age of 56, following a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved son of Clarence and Beatrice. Loving father of Tyler and Sunny and special dad to Daniel. Grandfather of Alexandre, Skyler and Xsena. Dear brother to Garry (Margaret), Suzanne (Brian Smith), Dennis (Christine) and Trevor (Marie). Uncle to Shannon, Matthew, Nathan and Elliot and great uncle to Paige, Reese, Ben and Maxwell. He will fondly be remembered by his dear friend Dawn and her children, Emily (Laurence) and Elliot. Jeff will be greatly missed by his family and many friends and all those who came to know him at the Royale Equestrian Centre where he applied his skilled craftsmanship, knowledge, love for the farm, and total dedication to assisting in making it a world class facility. It was Jeff=s wish and determination to remain at home, and he did, until the last week of his illness at which time he succumbed to hospitalization. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the palliative care team of the Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre at Q.C.H, and at The Ottawa Mission Hospice for the exemplary care and support provided to Jeff during the final days of his life.

Jeff was such a character and  made a huge impact on our farm, he will be missed by so many  here including the pony Peaches. He would tell everyone that she was his pony! He always worked hard and did everything he could to help us maintain our farm, he worked relentlessly and loved to give us a "hard time" about it! We miss him dearly and we were blessed to have had him in our lives.

We have dedicated our water complex to Jeff  he started to build it but unfortunatly became too ill so his brothers stepped in and finished the jump to make us a beautiful water jump! Just before he was hospitalized Jeff got to see the finished jump along with the kids jumping it at our September Jumping for Jeff Fun Show it meant so much to him and everyone that was there it was truely a special day.

We are committed to;    proper horse & rider education, providing exceptional horse care, and offering a fun, safe, welcoming environment where horses and riders are given the tools and opportunities to reach their goals and dreams.

We attend many competitions though the season from Silver/Gold Dressage, Bronze/Silver Hunter-Jumper and Horse Trials/3 Day Events across Ontario, Quebec and the USA. While we are busy competing through show season,  we also plan a lot of fun and low key activities. We pride ourselves on ensuring a welcoming friendly environment and facility. Horse lovers of all ages and levels are welcome, encouraged, and supported.