Meet the Team

Everyone at Crooks Show Jumping plays a huge role! Most of the work that is put into producing riders and horses is done outside the competition arena. This means that having a great team is one of the most important parts to running a successful stable. From flatwork to farriers, grooms, vets and transport, the whole team plays an important role in making it all possible. We are extremely fortunate to have an experienced, reliable, and fun group of individuals working with us!

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 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. 

James Brennan
Rider & Trainer
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Eric Hasbrouck 

Eric has been a professional trainer and competitor at all levels of the equestrian sport for over 40 years.

He was the head trainer at two major East Coast show stables for over 25 years. During this time he won most major Grand Prix's in North America and competed successfully for the USA both at home and in Europe. The highlight of his career was representing the USA in the World Championships in Rome, Italy in 1998.

In addition, Eric is an FEI level 2 course designer, was a founding member of the Syracuse Invitational Sport Horse Tournament, and has served on the Olympic Selection Committee for the US showjumping team for two Olympic Games and one World Championship. 

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Meghan Kanz
Assistant Trainer

Meghan Kanz has been riding and teaching professionally throughout North America for the past 10 years.

Originally from the West Coast she successfully competed as a junior in the Hunter, Jumpers and Equitation.

Since becoming a professional and moving to the East Coast, Meghan has competed and trained all over North American with wins and top placings in both the Jumps and hunter at venues including: WEF, Spruce Meadows, Lake Placid and Thunderbird Showpark.

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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. 

Ashly Adams
Manager & Assistant Trainer

Ashly is our manager and rider. Ashly is a native Washingtonian having grown up not far from Clearview. She grew up riding and competing. Her experience has developed her into being a great rider from young horses, hunters, jumpers and everything in between. 

Sara Al Jabsheh 

Sara started her riding career in Jordan before moving to London to get her BA in Marketing. 

Sara rode at the Grand Prix level in California and then with Holger Hetzel before deciding to focus solely on horses while working for Crooks Show Jumping.

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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