Our Staff

Friendly, Outgoing and Fun. 


Beanie Cone

Owner | Head Trainer

Beanie is a native of Germantown, Tennessee. He has been riding since the age of four. By the age of eight, Beanie was training ponies for his family. The Cones owned and operated Cedar Lake Stables. Beanie was responsible for training the National Pony Champion, "Shanessy". He began traveling the east coast, from Canada to Florida at the age of thirteen. He has successfully competed on the "A" Circuit in the pony divisions, the junior hunters and jumpers. He earned his successful record under the instruction of Jerome Robertson and his brother, Canadian Olympian Mac Cone, winning at all levels of competition.

After training under Fuzzy Mayo and attending course design clinics with Richard Jeffries, Beanie spent eight years designing courses from Oklahoma to Mississippi. With over eighteen years of experience, Beanie has a strong background in stable management. He knows how important a comfortable environment is for the horses, and strives to provide it for their wellbeing and for our owner's peace of mind. 

Alex Montgomery

Rider | Assistant Trainer

Alex started riding at the age of six and has been with Hunters Edge since 2009. As a junior rider, she showed in the equitation, junior hunters and jumpers with much success. She qualified and competed at Maclay Regionals and Finals in 2014 and 2015, as well as the USEF/Pessoa Medal Finals in 2015. 

Alex was a working student in Florida for two winters during the Florida Circuit, working with Dr. Robert Barber in Ocala and Castlewood Farms in Wellington. During her time at Hunters Edge she has been a client, working student and now trains full time. She is a great part of our team because of her experience and youthful enthusiasm that she brings to the Hunters Edge family. 

Catie Beth Varian

Rider | Assistant Trainer

Catie Beth joins Hunters Edge from Naples, Florida where she grew up competing at the nations top horse shows in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. She has earned many ribbons in National Hunter Derbies at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, and was a working student at Benchmark Equestrian, where she learned barn management, organization and high level horse care. She has ridden under the tutelage of equestrian greats such as George Morris, Linda and Don Coulter, Steve DiCarlo and Mac Cone, to name a few.

Catie Beth attended Auburn University, and competed on their IHSA team. During her time at Auburn, she was awarded MVP, served as the Hunt Seat Team Captain and was in charge of running meets. In the spring of 2021 she was elected to serve the IEA as Region President of Zone 4 Region 12, working to further the opportunities of young riders in the Southeast. CB brings her knowledge and attention to detail to HES, Ole Miss Equestrian as well as Mid-South IEA. She is known for her bubbly personality and eye for perfection in and out of the show ring.


Candy Duke

Billing | Office Admin

Candy has been a part of the Hunters Edge family for over 12 years. Candy and her daughter have had a love for horses their entire lives and have shown true horsemanship in and out of the show ring. Candy is a bright and smiling face around the barn. She can answer all billing questions and keeps things running smoothly!



Head Groom | Maintenance

Cele takes care of Hunters Edge and our horses to make sure that they stay in tip-top condition. His positive attitude make him a bright light at HES.

Christina Ponnath

Maintenance Supervisor

Christina has been with Hunters Edge for five years, assisting in routine maintenance around the farm, helping new riders learn the proper way to care for the horses and caring for our horses.