USA Dressage Team Rider Michael Barisone Pleads Not Guilty to 2 Counts of Attempted Murder

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Michael Barisone in New Jersey court.

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey, Jan. 13, 2020–Michael Barisone, United States 2008 Olympic dressage team reserve, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder at his equestrian training center last August.

Michael, 55 years old, entered the plea in Morris County Superior Court, about 50 miles/80km west of New York City.

He was indicted last month on charges of shooting Lauren Kanarak twice in the chest, and attempting to shoot her fiancé, Robert Goodwin last Aug. 7, following a months-long dispute on whether the couple could continue to live at Barisone’s farm. Lauren began training with Michael in 2018, and returned in 2019

The next court date is set for March 2. A trial date has been set for June 14, according to New Jersey Advance Media, but is likely to change.

Michael is held in the Morris County Correctional Facility.

He traveled to Hong Kong as reserve with the 2008 Olympic dressage team, and was the coach of a rider on the 2016 American bronze medal team at Rio de Janeiro.

Two days after the shooting he was suspended from competition by SafeSport, the U.S. organization that oversees safety in Olympic sports.