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

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 is conveniently located right in the city of Ottawa near Barrhaven. We are passionate about horses and love to share our passion with others. We are committed to the care and well-being of our horses as well as providing our riders with many great opportunities to allow them to learn, grow, and achieve their goals while creating lasting memories, friendships, and  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 and well-rounded education. The programs are aimed towards riders that are passionate about horses and have a drive and desire to improve and succeed.

The goal is to  develop well rounded and educated horsemen/women. Weather you would like to pursue a career in the equine industry, be successful in competition or simply just love horses and want to learn and improve your skill we will have something for you.

Meet The Team

 We are very lucky to be surrounded by an incredible team of people from coaches, staff, volunteers, supporters, riders, family/parents,  and horses. Including our wonderful; farrier, vet, chiropractor and more... It's a team effort and we are so proud to have such a strong, knowledgeable, and kind supportive team behinds us.

Emily Bertrand

As CEO and head Rider & Competitive Coach at Royale Equestrian Centre. Emily is fueled by her love and passion for horses and sharing this passion with others.

Emily now 31 started riding at the age of 4 and was instantly hooked. She has a unique perspective drawing on years of diverse experience from a variety of disciplines and successful roles in the equine industry. She continues to be committed to learning on a daily basis

With an interesting background Emily  first learnt to ride hunters and was lucky to learn all about the development,  training  and what it took to compete top show horses on the AQHA circuit in the usa in  western pleasure,  trail etc.,  She then moved on to Show Jumping and later to Dressage and Eventing  and enjoys going Fox Hunting  from time to time. As a teen Emily drove a team of work horses,  would spend hours bareback on any horse she was allowed to ride, from a young age was breaking and training green and problem horses, teaching lessons, caring for large numbers of  horses, and even trimming hooves! Any opportunity to ride and learn she took and  gained incredible knowledge and experience working in various roles from: trail guide, stable hand, working student to barn manager and more.

Emily,  her horses and her students have achieve much success on the local Jumper Circuits and Nationally in Eventing.  She remains committed and dedicated to her own riding, education, horses and students. Always looking for area's of improvement and happy to share her knowledge, experience, and passion with others. Emily is easy going, driven, motivated, goal oriented and always working on providing  great learning opportunities to help not only herself and her horses but her students as well.  From attending clinics, having special guest coaches, trips and more.. She keeps the barn's schedule busy!

Emily  has been very fortunate to ride with and learn from some of the best in the industry including; Jimmy Wofford, Phillip Dutton, Paul Popiel, David Wilding-Davies, Denny Emerson and many more.. She loves developing young talent  especially Thoroughbreds and has a particular nack for being able to quickly assess and read unfamiliar horses and adapt the training to suit each individual horse. Emily enjoys and takes great pride and satisfaction in helping her students  to reach their goals!! She is a strong supporter of her riders always ready and happy to help them and puts in a tremendous amount of care and effort to ensure they are getting what they need to help them succeed. 

Thanks to these great sponsors for helping to keep Emily's horses feeling great so they can perform at their best;

Laurence Jean-Pierre

Is our very hard working Barn and Daily Operations Manager. He is Emily's long time life partner and keeps everything running smoothing on the farm.

While he had little horse experience before he met Emily. Laurence grew up on his family farm in Haiti . As a young boy helped on the farm learning the in's and out's before immigrating to Canada in his early teens. While Laurence has since ridden and has learn't a tremendous about about horses, their care and training,  he much prefers to work with them from the ground and maintain the farm. You will often find him and puttinig his tractor to good use!!


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 and looking great for everyone to enjoy.


Dawn Patterson

CFO of Royale Equestrian Centre, and Emily's mother and business partner.  Dawn started REC with Emily in 2007 and helped in developing and growing our business into what it is today. 

Dawn not only helps run the business, she also works full time as a Cheif Officer of the Agricultural Surveys for the Government of Canada.

Dawn also had a passion for horses at a young age.  As a child she would spend all her time riding the neighbor's horses and competing in local shows. She later  became  a veterinary assistant when she was in her late teens early twenties.She brings a wealth of knowledge  and experience to our team and REC wouldn't be what it is  withought all her hard work and support .

Kaylee Mashinter

Assistant Barn Manager and Riding Instructor. Kaylee joined Royale Equestrian Centre in 2009 as a student. Being  passionate about riding and keen to pursue a career in the equine industry.Kaylee has worked her way up the ranks and has been a valued and very important member of our team

Kaylee started by volunteering at the barn, helping with chores, and mentoring with REC coaches for a year to gain valuable teaching experience. From there she then completed a semester of co-op earning high school credits for working at the farm. Kaylee then began teaching our  lead line lessons and working part time in the barn. Over the years Kaylee has developed into a lovely rider, a wonderful coach who instills confidence and correct foundation in all of her students and is an exceptional barn manager.  Running the barn, over seeing staff/volunteers,  and the care of the horses is no small task but with her hard work, dedication,  and attention to detail Kaylee does an exceptional job. Always making sure everything runs smoothly so that the horses and their riders are safe and happy!  She successfully completed the Stable Management Course though Equine Guelph in 2014 and will be obtaining her Equine Canada Instructor Certification in 2015. Kaylee has recently accepted the role of head riding instructor for the Barrhaven Club and is looking forward to competing Korsteele in Dressage at the National Level this year.

Maureen Popiel

Certified Equine Canada Competition Coach, Maureen' s an accomplished rider and coach who 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 beautiful 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  is kind, patient, has a wealth of knowledge to share with her students and we are proud to have her as a part of our team!

Chris Lau

Dressage Instructor, Tack & Saddlery Fitting and Repair. Chris was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and got his start in horses at a young age.  He has over 20 years of riding experience and has trained in North America and the UK under such notable instructors as eventer Christopher Bartle at the world renowned Yorkshire Riding Centre, and former US Olympic Dressage team member Heidi Ericksen, who he continues to clinic with regularly.  

  In 2012, Chris bought F.S. Baja Malibu, a Manuel Veiga Lusitano mare and began his specialization in the discipline of dressage and has studied Classical Dressage with Lusitano and Andalusian horses under the tutelage of top British Lusitano trainer Janine Pendlebury at the Pen Llyn Lusitano Stud & Riding Centre in North Wales and in North America, he has ridden with Diana Beuchert at Spring Fever Andalusians in Maryland.res

Chris is an electrical engineer by training and employs his engineering problem solving skills to both his own riding and in his teaching- Chris focuses on correct use of rider aids and equine biomechanics to develop and improve both horse and rider abilities.     Additionally, as an engineer, Chris has extensive knowledge of tack and saddlery and has achieved certification as an SMS Qualified Saddler and specializes in tack and saddle repairs and fitting which are offered through his business: Flying Dismount English Tack and Saddlery Service.

Hannah Davies

Head Groom at Royale Equestrian Centre. Hannah is also and avid competitor  in eventing and the jumper ring, and when not grooming and competing will be found exercising horses, lending a hand to fellow riders around the farm, and filling in for barn staff and coaches.

  Hannah started her riding career competing on the Trillium Hunter acheiving much success  at a very young age. She then made the transition into the Jumpers and Eventing at the age of fourteen. Her love of horses and attention to detail make her an outstanding groom. Making sure the horses are always well turned out and nothing is missed. Nicknamed the 'Super Groom"  In 2013 Hannah was awarded with the "Groom of the Year Award" at the Royale Equestrian Centre Year  End Awards Party. Hannah is looking forward to pursuing a career in massage therapy for humans and equines. This will allow her to also help treat horses and riders before and after competitions in the near future!

Nathalie Burke

Working Student & Jr Instructor 


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


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

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.