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. We want to make the best horses and the best riders. 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.
Sublime: Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.
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
Amber Taylor; Assistant/Beginner Riding Instructor
Amber Taylor started on the Sublime team in the fall of 2016. She was hired on as a part time general farm assistant and apprentice. She displayed characteristics that are valuable in a training and riding program. She is dedicated to the animals and students and has a great work ethic. So Amber was brought onto our team as a full time contributor to our mission at Sublime. She has made herself invaluable and grown into her roll as an assistant and beginner riding instructor.
Amber grew up locally in the Ripon, Wisconsin area. She spent her younger years with a love of horses with much involvement in quarter horses and barrel racing. She has expanded her knowledge base in working hands on with head trainer Keen on a daily basis. She has played a huge roll in helping break and train many horses in her time here. She is the ground person that keeps everything safe and running smoothly during training operations and lessons.