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Meet Our Team

Having a great team is one of the most important parts to running a successful stable, as the majority of the work that is put into producing horses and riders is done outside of the competition arena. Crooks Show Jumping is extremely fortunate to have an experienced, reliable, and fun group of individuals on its staff in both Wellington, FL and Seattle, WA.

Learn more about our program and the opportunities available at

Crooks Show Jumping:

Lauren Crooks

Rider & Trainer

Born in Bellevue, Washington, Lauren's love for riding horses started at the young age of two, when she started taking the reins on her own. She started showing at the age of seven and has been hooked ever since. 

Lauren attended Santa Clara University and got her degree in Finance with Magna Cumme Laude honors while riding under top professional John French. After graduation, Lauren moved east and continued her riding education under the guidance of Joe Fargis, Norman Dello Joio, and Jeffery Welles. Since then, Lauren's success in the tack and developing young horses has taken off. 

James Brennan

Rider & Trainer

James grew up riding on his family farm in Kilkenny, Ireland. He began competing internationally at a young age, riding on two junior Nations Cup teams. 

James rode and trained under notable Olympic riders including Marion Hughes and Ger O’Neill, before moving to the US to work for Darragh Kenny and Cian O’Connor. 

Now in Seattle and Wellington, James continues to compete up to the grand prix level, while producing top quality horses. 


Liz Denny

Rider & Trainer

After competing with success as a junior rider, Liz Denny was the Reserve Pacific Coast Horse Show Association (PCHA) Grand Prix Rookie Rider of the Year and the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) 3rd placed Rookie Rider in 1991. She won the Los Angeles Grand Prix in 2002, then a World Cup Qualifier, and was the Resident Trainer at the Flintridge Riding Club for more than a decade. 

Denny has coached numerous riders to success at the national level and has worked with names like Eric Navet and Susan Hutchinson, to name just a few

Denny joined the Crooks Show Jumping team in 2022 and oversees the operation's Seattle division, basing out of Clearview Farm and traveling to shows across the west coast. 


Tom Davison


Support Team
Sean Crooks
Partner & Founder

Sean started riding at the young age of 6, mostly spending time on his pony chocolate chip, learning to rope sheep and goats. After high school, Sean moved east to train under Norman Dello Joio which helped launch his career into becoming the trainer and rider he is today. Currently based out of the Netherlands, Sean's accomplishments run long. He and Lauren continue to do numerous investments and sales together as well as training collaboration. 

Gustavo Barraza
Farm Manager

Gustavo has been grooming and working with horses for his entire career. He oversees a majority of the projects at Clearview, Inc. and has been working at our facility for a number of years!

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