Karlene grew up on a farm in Eastern Nebraska. She showed her Arabian gelding in 4-H and breed shows. She married her husband, Paul, in 1975 and embarked on a 30 year journey of breeding and showing Arabian horses. They moved to Colorado in 1981.
In 1993, Karlene decided that beagles were her breed. She acquired a pup and enrolled in an obedience class on a whim. That began her love of dog training and AKC competition obedience. Her next beagle, OTCH Brumfield’s Katie Jane, UDX9. OM5 became the second beagle to earn the Obedience Trial Champion Title.
Karlene and Paul moved to North Carolina in 2013 after Paul retired. She is currently competing with her third beagle and training her fourth.