About Us
Trainer Karen Bessel has been riding since she was old enough to hold a handful of mane. Growing up at a family stable where training and showing Arabians was their passion, she got her first pony at the age of 4 and her own Arabian at the age of 10. Karen studied under a National Level Arabian Trainer for 10 years. Traveling to compete at Class A shows throughout the summer, training and trail riding in her free time, she worked to develop well rounded, happy horses.

Karen believes in building confidence and a willing attitude in her horses through understanding and respect, working to achieve winning rides through balance and communication. Whether preparing a horse and rider for the show ring or for trail riding, Karen’s focus is always on building a strong partnership between horse and rider.

Show Expertise
Karen is a very successful show trainer and has competed in multiple disciplines including Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Judges Command, Equitation and Dressage. She has countless wins and grand championships showing Arabians in Western Pleasure, Saddle Seat and Hunter Pleasure. She has carried that over into the Morgan circuit with numerous wins in Western and Hunter pleasure. She was 2010 Western Pleasure Junior Horse Champion and Grand Champion at the North Star Americana show. She placed 4th with the same horse at the Morgan Grand Nationals in 2010.

Family Life
Family is the cornerstone of Karen’s life. She loves being Mom to her two delightful sons Ethan and Brody, and wife to her wonderful supportive husband Lee. For Karen, her family is her heart and the cornerstone for all she does.

"My goal at Belle Cheval Training is to build confidence in both riders and horses, making them partners. A confident horse is a reliable horse. Most horses want to please their owners and refusal to respond is more often due to lack of understanding than outright resistance. By building their confidence, they learn that they can do what is asked of them and become willing partners in whatever direction their owner wants to take them. At Belle Cheval, we work with all breeds and all riding disciplines to bring horses and humans closer together.”

-- Karen Bessel