Tuesday 20 August 2019

US Olympic rider faces murder bid charge after woman shot

A US Olympic rider has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was found with gunshot wounds at his farm in New Jersey. Stock picture
A US Olympic rider has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was found with gunshot wounds at his farm in New Jersey. Stock picture

Nick Allen

A US Olympic rider has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was found with gunshot wounds at his farm in New Jersey.

Michael Barisone (54), competed for the US in dressage at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 and was a coach for the US three-day eventing team in London four years later.

The respected trainer runs Barisone Dressage at 53-acre Hawthorne Farm, close to the US equestrian team's headquarters.

The injured woman, Lauren Kanarek (38), a dressage rider, had trained with Mr Barisone for two years, and lived part-time with her fiancé on a property at the farm.

According to reports, she was shot twice in the chest and had emergency surgery at a local hospital, where friends said she was "doing OK".

Ms Kanarek had posted several messages on Facebook, saying she felt threatened.

She wrote in one post: "I'm being bullied by a 6ft3in man."

In another, she wrote: "A certain known drunk has literally just informed me, 'Sleep with one eye open'."

She also said she was afraid of "being whacked" and wrote about buying a gun.

Friends on Facebook advised her to leave the farm but Ms Kanarek wrote that she would not want to leave her horses, which were stabled there.

She had been due to make her first appearance in an internationally ranked dressage competition next week.

Rosanna Williams, a friend and fellow rider, told the 'New York Times': "As much as this was heating up and escalating, I don't think anybody really saw this coming."

She added there had been a disagreement over how Ms Kanarek's horses were being trained and cared for.

Mr Barisone has yet to appear in court or enter a plea.

Irish Independent

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