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  • Show Results are posted!  It's been a great show season so far. Check out the results from Saddle Rowe, Grazing Fields, and Fieldstone.

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  • Congratulations - Katie F. and Caprio on your hugely successful show season. PHOTOS

     
  • Congratulations - Lauren M, Alivia, Addie, Sofia, Abby, Kacie, Jess L, Tracy H, and Emma on qualifying and competeing at MHJ finals. RESULTS

     

Contact Us

185 Century Mill Rd.
Bolton, MA 01740
978.779.2934  
info@centurymillstables.com

Lessons    IEA    Summer Program   Boarding   Horse Shows

Lessons

What if I have never ridden before?
Not a problem! CMS has a fantastic selection of gentle, safe beginner horses and ponies for you to ride.

How long is a lesson?
Lessons are one hour long. We also offer a half hour private for people who can tack up independently.

What should I wear?
All students are required to wear:
-Long pants or britches
-ASTM/SEI certified helmet that has been fitted to your head. (We have a good assortment of schooling helmets for you or your child to use) Bike Helmets are not safe for riding and are not permitted.
-Hard soled shoes with a small heel or English riding paddock boots.
- For the perfect fit, visit Dover Saddlery, Pegasus Tack, or Triple Crown Tack Shop.

Do I just ride or can I help take care of my horse?
Here at CMS, we believe that grooming and tacking up your own horse are very important parts of every lesson-even for our advanced riders. It is a time for you and the horse you are riding to make a connection and explore non-verbal communication. If you are a beginner, part of your lesson will be learning these very important skills. Once your instructor feels you are ready, please plan to arrive at the barn early enough to tack up on your own.

How do I pay?
Your lesson time and day are scheduled one month at a time and payment for the month is due on the first. We ask for 30 days notice if you wish to discontinue your lesson time.

What if I have to cancel? How do I make it up?
We require 24 hours notice to be able to reschedule a makeup during the same month. We permit one rescheduled lesson per month. Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice or lessons not made up within the month are forfeited.

I want to be in a horseshow!
Great! What a wonderful experience! We host shows at CMS as well as go to shows most every weekend during the show season (May –November). Our riders are encouraged to show as much as they like. CMS participates at both Local and A level shows throughout New England. Visit our Show Schedule for dates and more information. For information on leasing a horse, visit our sales page

My riding stopped improving at the barn I was riding at. Can you help?
Of course! CMS instructors will evaluate your riding and correct any habits that may be holding you back.

I’ve been riding all my life and while I understand and appreciate the value of excellent school horses, I am interested in riding more challenging horses.
Leasing may be the right option for you. We have many quality horses available for lease. Another option would be our Sales Rider Program. Qualified riders assist the sales staff by exercising, taking lessons with, and even showing, our lovely sales horses. Always a nice selection!

I haven’t ridden in 20 years…is it too late?
It is never too late, welcome back. You will fall in love all over again.

My friend would like to start riding. Can I sign him/her up?
Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and can be applied to lessons.

IEA

Do I need my own horse and saddle?
Participants are not required to have their own horses or tack - coaching for the shows will be done on the lesson horses provided by Century Mill Stables and the horses used for the shows are provided by the hosting farm. This allows students that do not have a horse and the required equipment to participate and also makes competition fair in that everyone rides a horse that they are not familiar with and are judged on the rider’s ability, not the horse. Though the rider and horse have a short opportunity for orientation, essentially, the horse is new to the rider, and the scores are based upon horsemanship, not the horse.

What are the IEA shows like?
The competitions involve numerous flat equitation classes as well as several classes jumping over fences no greater than three feet. Typically, riders are grouped by ability and compete in 5 shows over the academic year throughout Massachusetts and other New England states. The IEA is an affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, the United States Hunter Jumper Association, and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.


Summer Program

What if I have never ridden before?
Not a problem! CMS has a fantastic selection of gentle, safe beginner horses and ponies for you to ride.

Can I bring my own horse?
Yes, we currently have stalls and run out sheds available if your horse prefers the outdoor life. Please contact Jai directly for boarding rates for the summer.

What should I wear?
All students are required to wear:
-Long pants
-ASTM/SEI certified helmet that has been fitted to your child’s head. (We have a good assortment of schooling helmets if your child does not yet have their own) Bike Helmets are not safe for riding and are not permitted.
-Hard Soled shoes with a small heel or English riding paddock boots
We would suggest you bring:
-A light jacket in case of rain
-A change of clothes including a long sleeve t-shirt
-SUNSCREEN
-Insect repellant

What shouldn’t I bring to camp?
We assume you are here to learn to ride and learn all you can about horses. Please do not bring electronic games or gadgets and plan to leave your cell phone, if you bring one, in your pack.

What should I pack for lunch?
Bring a big lunch including fruit and other energy foods. You will get VERY hungry! Riders can get very hot and possibly dehydrated if they don’t drink enough. Please bring plenty of water and other drinks. A refrigerator is available in the lounge.

What about the weather?
Mark Twain once said, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait 10 minutes”. We ride outdoors or indoors depending on the weather but please be prepared if it is raining.

Where is CMS?
We are conveniently located in Bolton MA on Century Mill Road Click here for Map and Directions

What kind of riders are in All Level and who is in Advanced?
All Level is for everyone, beginners are welcome and experienced riders will also be challenged. Advanced level riders are current CMS students or riders from other barns who have been evaluated by one of our instructors.

What are the instructors and counselors like?
All of our program leaders are experienced, licensed instructors who love what they do. To assist them, college-age counselors and CITs help every program group.

What is a typical day like?
Campers arrive at either 8am (advanced) or 9am (all-level). Students help feed the horses and help with morning barn chores. Typically we have our riding lesson in the morning. After the horses have been turned out, students take a break for lunch in the shade or in the lounge. After lunch, we usually have a class time where we teach horse anatomy and basic horse health and discuss stable management; observe hoof care with the farrier or more advanced healthcare with the equine veterinarian- depending on the day. Advanced program has an additional riding lesson every other day in the afternoon. Students will clean their tack and get ready for pick up.

Our horse program provides a balance between mounted English riding instruction and informal talks and demonstrations. At CMS we offer small group lessons including instruction in the ring, jumping if desired, and general grooming and safety all taught in a fun and encouraging atmosphere.

Carefully selected and thoroughly trained horses provide each camper with a safe, yet challenging riding experience. We match the right ponies to help our youngest students to a confident start. Our more advanced riders are paired with horses who teach them more finesse required in riding horses. Experienced riders are matched with horses who will teach them what a trip around a course of jumps should really feel like! At CMS we have a horse with the suitable size, training and temperament to give each student a riding opportunity with built-in success.

When is the horse show?
The horse show is the last day of the session. Students are grouped by ability and judged by the instructors. Beautiful ribbons and prizes are awarded to all participants. Parents are encouraged to come watch!


Boarding

Will you trailer in my horse?
Yes, we are happy to pick up your horse from your current barn and trailer him/her to CMS. Trailering fees apply, please contact us.

Can I bring my vet/farrier/equine health specialist?
We have professionals that we prefer to work with and who are available and familiar with our operations. However, if you horse has a very specific need, we are happy to discuss the best course of action for both of you.

Will you feed my horse her supplements or special diet?
Yes! We understand all of our equine residents have dietary requirements that may not be suitable for all. We do not charge extra and only ask that you keep us in steady supply of whatever supplement or feed you want your horse fed.


Horse Shows

I want to be in a horseshow!
Great! What a wonderful experience! We host shows at CMS as well as go to shows most every weekend during the show season (May –November). Our riders are encouraged to show as much as they like. CMS participates at both Local and A level shows throughout New England. Visit our Show Schedule for dates and more information. For information on leasing a horse, visit our sales page.