Hunter’s Edge Covered Arena

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By Tommy Brannon; photos by Nancy Brannon

Hunter’s Edge Stables, at 5610 Forest Hill Irene Road in Memphis, Tenn. has a new covered arena.

Beanie Cone, owner and trainer at Hunter’s Edge Stables, said that the new 100 x 220 foot arena is just ten feet narrower than the North Ring at the Germantown Charity Horse Show grounds, where many of the Hunter’s Edge riders compete. This will give riders at Hunter’s Edge an opportunity to train and school rain or shine. Not only will it protect from rain, but also from the broiling sun during the summer months.

The new arena is located on an 8-acre tract of land that adjoins the rest of the facility, which Hunter’s Edge purchased last spring. It is constructed of a steel roof and girders mounted on concrete pilings with 16 foot high sides and is 24 feet high at the roof peak. This is plenty of height space for a full course of jumps.

Lighting is provided by 72 LED florescent fixtures. At present, the footing is a mixture of sand and dirt, but plans for the future are for a felt and sand mixture.

The arena was pre-engineered and fabricated by Metal Building Systems of Kosciusko, Mississippi. It was shipped in on two trucks and erected on the poured footings in just a few days. Banks Electric then installed the lighting.

Hunter’s Edge is the home to the Ole Miss Equestrian Team and, although intercollegiate horse shows are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions, the new arena will be utilized for Intercollegiate (IHSA) competitions in the future, along with IHSA scrimmages and local schooling shows. Several businesses who are sponsors of the Ole Miss team have donated funds for a new set of jumps to go in the arena for Intercollegiate competitions.

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