On Dec. 18, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced that Michael Barisone had been indicted on charges related to the shooting at his Hawthorne Hill dressage facility in Long Valley, New Jersey.
Barisone was indicted on two counts of attempted murder, crimes of the first degree, and two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, crimes of the second degree.
An indictment is a formal accusation against an individual suspected of committing a crime and is the product of sworn testimony, sometimes by several witnesses. The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
On Aug. 7, police were dispatched to 411 West Mill Road on a report of shots fired. Washington Township Police responded and found amateur dressage rider Lauren Kanarek with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. Barisone and Kanarek’s boyfriend, Rob Goodwin, were also on the scene, and a handgun was recovered. According to the prosecutor’s office press release, the investigation revealed that Barisone allegedly fired the gun during the incident.
Kanarek, 39, underwent emergency surgery and survived the shooting.
“I have had a very long and difficult recovery from the gunshot wounds Mr. Barisone fired into my chest at point-blank range,” said Kanarek in a statement to the Chronicle. “However, after four long months I was finally able to get back on a horse this week. It was painful, but I’m hoping it will get better every day.
“What has been even more painful is reading some of the comments about me and what happened on August 7,” she continued. “There have been not only outright lies but threats to my dressage career.
“Mr. Barisone and I had a mutually beneficial professional relationship…but perhaps to others close to him…not so much.
“I look forward to the continued investigation by law enforcement into the events of August 7 and the investigation by the [U.S. Equestrian Federation] into those who have threatened my dressage career,” she concluded.
Barisone, 54, was arrested on Aug. 7 and was denied bail in an Aug. 14 hearing. A top Grand Prix dressage rider, he was the reserve rider for the U.S. dressage team for the 2008 Olympic Games. The 52-acre property on 411 West Mill Road is now listed for sale through Turnpin Realtors.