Tuesday, May. 28, 2024

Barisone And Black Added To SafeSport Suspension List

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The U.S. Center for SafeSport and the U.S. Equestrian Federation added two equestrians to the SafeSport suspensions list on Aug. 9.

Grand Prix dressage rider Michael Barisone is listed as ineligible due to criminal disposition, after the Washington County (New Jersey) Police charged him with attempted murder and weapons offenses on Aug. 8, following a shooting at his Hawthorne Hill dressage facility in Long Valley, New Jersey, on Aug. 7.

Canadian Olympic eventer Stuart Black was added to the interim suspension list for allegations of misconduct. This is the second time Black has been placed on interim suspension; he was initially added on Sept. 28, 2018, and was later removed.

Black, Weatherford, Texas, represented Canada at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 1998 Rome FEI World Equestrian Games.

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The USEF website has a SafeSport section listing all individuals who have been sanctioned. There are several types of suspensions: suspensions with a set end date, expulsion (which kicks members out but allows individuals to reapply for reinstatement after a set period of time), and permanent ineligibility. It also lists interim suspensions, in which certain individuals being investigated by SafeSport investigators may not compete until the end of the investigation.

You can see the full list of sanctioned members on the USEF website.

For more information about SafeSport, check out our story about the program.

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