Keen has a diverse background in her training career. She spent several years riding and training both hunt/jump horses as well as Saddlebreds. She has even trained a few Saddlebred jumpers. Keen spent a year of her college career at the University of Limerick, Limerick City Ireland. In Ireland Keen spent her time riding event horses with the college equestrian team.
When Keen returned to the states she moved to Kentucky and started working for Infinity Stables under the direction of Jimmy and Helen Robertson. There Keen had the chance to ride and train many great Saddlebreds and learn from great trainers. She was able to develop her skills right there in the American Saddlebred capital of the world.
Life then took Keen back up to her hometown farm in upstate New York where she spent one year working Saddlebreds as well as Hackney ponies for Dar Maur Mannor Inc. There she continued to instruct students as well as train a variety of different kinds of horses for riding as well as driving.
Keen was then brought on to the team at Royal Crest Farms in Fond Du Lac Wisconsin. She started under the direction of Pat Wessel and had the opportunity to learn and work for him for two years. Pat eventually left Royal Crest Farms and it opened up the door for Keen to step up as the head trainer of the large Saddlebred breeding program there. She managed the program and over one hundred and fifty horses that were there. She was in charge of every aspect of the horses health and training. She also opened the barn up to the public which had been a private facility for so many years. She began to develop her riding program at Royal Crest Farms.
Royal Crest Farms opened another door for Keen that wasn't a career opportunity. There Keen met Nick Behringer who was the perfect match for her. He shared her enthusiasm for life and love and respected her dedication to her horses. Keen and Nick started a family adding Kennedy Behringer to it. They were ready to step out on their own and after many discussions and dreams they established Sublime Saddlebreds LLC.
Since purchase of the Sublime Saddlebreds home farm in March of 2013, Keen and her team boast a laundry list of new accomplishments. Nick and Keen have added a new team member to their family with the birth of their second daughter in May of 2016. Keen has worked to continue her education to become an United States Equestrian Federation Licensed official. She is now holding judges cards in Saddlebred, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hackney and Roadster divisions with plans to continue on, furthering the cards she holds, and her continued education in the field. This is a testament to her professionalism and knowledge. Keen has also developed many riders and top horses since becoming the face of Sublime Saddlebreds and an independent business owner. Nick and Keen have fully renovated their farm with persistence and vision. Sublime Saddlebreds is truly a labor of love for Keen and her family!
Keen Behringer; Owner/Trainer/Instructor
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About Sublime Saddlebreds LLC
Sublime Saddlebreds LLC was established at the end of 2012 on sheer dedication and a dream. Owners Nick and Keen Behringer dreamed of owning a riding operation and running it with professionalism and care. They wanted a place of their own where the riders are treated like family and the promotion of fun is just as important as the implementation and development of proper equestrian skills.
Sublime Saddlebreds LLC is family-owned and operated right here in Brandon, Wisconsin. We pride ourselves on the principles of the definition of our name, Sublime. Sublime by definition is of such excellence, grandeur or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe. We want to go above and beyond with our program and be an inspiration for our students. Whether you want to ride in the world championships or just be comfortable out on the trail we want to serve everyone with enthusiasm and excellence.
N4547 Brown Rd, Brandon WI 53919
Keen Behringer has been riding and working with American Saddlebreds for over twenty-five years. She truly loves the Saddlebred and is devoted to breeding and training top show horses. She has devoted her life to promoting the breed and teaching students how to love, understand, ride, and handle these horses. Keen graduated from William Woods University with a Bachelors of Equestrian Science. At William Woods Keen had the opportunity to study everything from farm management to training techniques. She was also lucky enough to ride underthe direction of world class horsewoman Gayle Lampe. Her education at William Woods was both inside and outside the classroom. During her time there she worked for legendary horseman Jimmy Simmons when not on Campus.
Two of many fine young horses broke, trained and developed at Sublime Saddlebreds LLC
Sublime Saddlebreds added a valuable asset to our team in 2019 with the addition of Allison Strash, our Associate Riding Instructor. This is not the first time Keen and Allison teamed up. Allison had worked with Keen on a summer internship some ten years ago when she spent a summer working at Royal Crest Farms while she was attending William Woods University obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Equestrian Science. Sharing an Alma Mater with Keen has proven useful in integrating Allison into or riding program. Keen and Allison have similar techniques and beliefs in riding theory so that the instruction stays cohesive. Allison has her own broad experiences in the horse industry, apart from Keen's, so she brings added thoughts, talents and tactics to our program.
Allison boasts a long career in horses. She grew up in southern Wisconsin where she rode Saddle Seat at Applewood farm with Sammy Lancia. There she learned to ride and show on a local level. She had some opportunities to show weanlings in hand in her youth as well at Applewood Farm. Going off to college in Missouri Allison was able to show on a greater level and on the national stage. She showed at the UPHA American Royal National Championships in Kansas City where she earned herself a Reserve title on a William Woods University owned horse. She worked and broke horses for Mike Wessel while in college the owner of the grand stallion Racing Stripes. After graduation she went on to work for the late Mike Roberts where she spent time riding for the legendary, hall of fame horseman.
Allison returned home and went back to teach at her childhood program at Applewood Farms for 5 years. She had a bustling program there teaching 30 to 40 lessons per week. Allison and her husband moved North to Redgranite and reconnected with Keen. We are so happy to have her to the teaching staff as a member of the Sublime team!
Allison Strash; Associate Instructor