Who we are

It takes many helping hands to keep this facility and program running smoothly every day. We encourage you to take a minute to get to know our talented staff, instructors and volunteers. Without them, TROtt wouldn’t be an exceptional place to learn, love, laugh and grow.


Fiona Kearney, Program Coordinator, CTRSI, EC Instructor

Fiona joined TROtt in 1999 as a volunteer. She has had many roles over the years with TROtt and is currently our Program Coordinator. She is also a CanTRA senior instructor. Fiona has much experience as a therapeutic riding instructor during her years working with Riding for the Disabled in the UK. She was even a certified trail ride leader in Scotland, taking vacationing people out for trail rides in the Scottish Hills. Fiona is also actively involved with the Ottawa Dressage Festival as the Director of Operations at the show.

Paula Bernard, Program Administrator, CanTRA Coach, CanTRA Examiner, EC Coach 1

Paula joined TROtt in the spring of 1999 as a volunteer, and later that fall as a staff member. Since then Paula’s job duties have changed over the years, but her priorities are maintaining the ridership, the herd, and the facilities in working order.

Paula is pleased to be a CanTRA coach/examiner/mentor which enables her to keep her knowledge in therapeutic riding fresh and up to date.

Ginette Sheen, Office Administrator

Ginette started volunteering at TROtt in the early 1980’s. After retiring from her full time job in the Municipal sector, she started working for TROtt in April 2001 as Office Administrator. In September 2001 she also took on the job of Bookkeeper. Ginette loves working at TROtt as she can still use her impeccable office skills and be around horses.

Barn Staff

Rhonda Roberts
Erin Daines
Tobi Seymour-Howell
Vanessa Toupin
Laura MacDonald
Sarah Knoerr
Jess Oakman
Chocolate (the barn cat)

Superintendent/Night Check

Jess Graham


Tracey Bender, CTRII
France Laliberte, CTRII
Lise Dust, CTRAI, EC Instructor
Nicole Meyer, CTRII
Chrissy Amell, CTRII
Emily Schinko, EC Competition Coach
Amanda Gaudet, CTRII

Instructors in Training

Emily Smart
Cynthia Langlois
Anna Ribberink