Century Mill is owned and operated by Jai Smith-Rezac. Jai has over 20 years of experience teaching students of all levels in hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage and eventing. She has trained with countless top trainers of all disciplines and enjoys passing that knowledge on to her students and bringing them to the highest levels of their chosen sport. Jai teaches many of the adult riders and juniors here at CMS, both recreational and show. Her positive and supportive teaching style allows her to specialize in bringing along the more timid rider and in helping people who feel as though they have reached a plateau in their riding. Jai particularly enjoys teaching the other instructors at CMS, and believes that this fosters a continuity to the riding and teaching styles at CMS that is a huge asset to the stable. Jai believes strongly in the well rounded horses and rider, and offers several opportunities during the year for horses and riders to expand their horizons. Trips to ride on the beach and through the local orchards are led by Jai and are very popular breaks form the show schedule! Jai also takes clients on international riding trips to other countries. Recent trips have been to Hungary, Austria, Costa Rica and Provence, France.
Becky runs the show here at CMS as our Manager, and we couldn't ask for anything better! She is a graduate of UMASS Amherst and has a degree in Natural Resource studies and Geology. Becky has been riding for over 20 years, many of them at Century Mill! Becky and her current partner MTM Sundance are competing in the Performance Hunters as well as the National Derbies. She also enjoys bringing along our young imported warmbloods in the show ring. Becky has a very strong dressage background and is the sought after Dressage and Equitation coach here at CMS. Her meticulous attention to detail and loving care of all of our equine friends at Century Mill are an enormous asset to our training center.
Liz trains and coaches many of our show crew here at CMS and is also head coach of our fantastic IEA team. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Findlay in OH, with degrees in Equine Science, Busand Equine Business Management. Liz has shown in the Hunters and Equitation, and was IHSA National Champion in 2004. She and her amazing horse, Alena, were the Vermont Summer Festival Circuit Champions in both the 1.0M and the 1.10M Jumpers. Liz 's patient and supportive teaching style have fit perfectly with her role as Program Director, IEA Coach, and IHSA coach.
"Riding has always been my passion and when I had to take a break to start my family, it was the trainers of Century Mill Stables that helped me get back in the saddle and eventually back in the show ring. I have been with CMS for five years and since this time, I have leased and now purchased a horse of my own thanks in large part to Jai, becky, and Liz. Their continued guidance an encouragement has put me on the path for success and achieve goals I have only been able to dream about. My daughter now rides at CMS and is competing successfully in the leadline division."