Michael Barisone was a reserve player at the 2008 Olympics. He was a former Olympic champion. He is a horse trainer who was found guilty of attempting to kill one of his students in a New Jersey courtroom.
The Olympic athlete is in the news right now, but not for good reason. Michael Barisone, 58, was put on trial earlier this year because his student Lauren Kanarek said he tried to kill her.
His lawyers said Barisone was insane at the time of the shooting and should not be held legally responsible for what he did. But insanity as a defense is rare and rarely works. Barisone’s argument is that Lauren Kanarek’s use of social media has pushed him over the edge.
Kanarek, who used Facebook a lot, began posting her dramatic complaints. And they only got worse over the summer of 2019. On July 25, 2019, Kanarek wrote. In another post, she says Barisone is “racist and anti-Semitic.” He says this is not true.
What is the name of Michael Barisone? The horse trainer Wikipedia page
Wikipedia says that Michael Barisone used to train horses for the Olympics. Barisone was a master at training horses to dance, which is called “dressage”.
He was considered one of the best teachers in the world. While on Team USA in Beijing, he tutored Boyd Martin and Allison Brock, both of whom went on to win Olympic medals.
Barisone has done many great things such as being on the dressage team for the 2008 Olympics. He was also part of the team that won gold at the 1997 Nations Cup at Hickstead.
Barisone had two beautiful horse farms, one in Palm Beach and the other in a horse-friendly part of New Jersey. But after what happened with Lauren, Barisone sold both of them. Barisone spent two years in prison before his trial began.
A judge ruled that Barisone should receive psychiatric treatment at the less restrictive Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital from September 7, 2022, with a follow-up in six months to see how he is doing. On the other hand, Lauren is returning to horseback riding after years of surgeries and treatments.
Find out how old Michael Barisone is
Michael Barisone has been alive for 58 years. Michael learned to ride in upstate New York and has lived in horse country, New Jersey, for more than 20 years.
Michael regularly develops younger horses into dressage horses at a high level. He sells most of them but keeps some for himself.
Barisone was a legend and the most wanted coach in the world. He was a rider in the Olympics and has coached cyclists who have done so.
Was Michael Barisone ever married?
Michael Barisone may not be married right now, but he has been married before. Vera Kessels-Barisone is either his wife or the woman to whom he was formerly married.
Vera was born in the Netherlands and was a professional show jumper and dressage rider in the 1980s and 1990s. Since moving to the United States in 1995, she has put all her time and energy into dressage and she has done very well.
She was formerly a partner at Barisone Dressage where she specializes in helping young horses through the ranks. As a result, she has trained several Grand Prix horses and riders.
Some of the horses have competed in the World Cup, Olympic Games and Pan American Games. Vera is a teacher who spends summers in Connecticut and winters in Florida.
How much money does Michael Barisone have?
In his prime, Michael Barisone had a lot of money. It’s hard to say how much Michael is worth, but he has two stables where he trains the horses himself.
Before the allegations, Michael primarily made money by training horses. Michael’s horse classes are the best for many people because he’s so good at what he does.
In March 2018, Kanarek began training with the former Olympian. Kanarek wanted to be a horse rider and before long she was spending $5,000 a month to train, board and live in a farmhouse on Barisone’s property.
Barisone also made money from tournaments like the Olympics early in his career. He was a household name.
Michael Barisone was tried for attempting to kill someone, but was found not guilty because he was insane.
On August 7, 2019, he fired two shots at award-winning equestrian Lauren Kanarek, leaving her alive. The Olympian also tried to punch Robert, Lauren’s partner, but Robert avoided him.
Barisone was found not guilty on all charges after a 17-hour trial on Thursday, shocking the public.
Wikipedia has covered Michael Barisone
At the 2008 Olympics, Michael Barisone was a backup for the US dressage team. He is a professional rider and a well-known horse trainer in his field.
He was also the coach of the US Equestrian Team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics.
Barisone was the coach of Allison Brock on the USA team that won bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Among other things, Barisone taught dressage to the riders of the US eventing team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He runs the horse training and breeding business Sweetgrass Farms.
Michael Barisone, a former Olympic horse trainer, has news
As stated above, Michael Barisone has now been acquitted of all charges, including the charge of attempted murder of someone. He was also accused of having weapons he shouldn’t have.
In August 2019, he shot and killed Lauren at his Hawthorne Hill farm in Long Valley. He shot her twice in the chest while missing her fiancé with a shot meant for him.
The footage was shot with a pink and black Ruger 9mm pistol. Lauren and Barisone reportedly fell out over a landlord-tenant issue.
Barisone’s attorney said that Lauren waged a mental war against Barisone, leading him to snap and shoot Lauren.
Michael Barisone’s family and wife
Michael Barisone hasn’t yet told everyone everything they need to know about his wife and family. We haven’t found out all the details about his family yet, so we can’t update this section.
The Barisone family is happy that Mr. Barisone was found not guilty and can go home.
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Michael Barisone, an Olympic dressage rider, is probably best known outside the horse world as “the man who taught Stephen Colbert to ‘piaffe’ on television.”
Dressage fans call him one of the “big ones”. He is one of the very few riders to have been to the Olympics both as a member of the team and as a coach.
Eventers often know him as the man who worked with Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin and Clark Montgomery, all of whom were on the Olympic team, as well as many other top riders in the sport.
Our team at STRIDER was able to speak to him during a rare free moment over lunch at a clinic at Sprieser Sporthorse in Marshall, Virginia. He resides in Long Valley, New Jersey and Loxahatchee, Florida.
Barisone is always on the move, so it’s not easy to keep up with him. When not training his students in national and international competitions, he often drives or flies to teach clinics. He often switches from sitting in a chair to standing in the middle of a room while teaching to make his points clearer.
Barisone is known for being funny and charismatic when teaching. He often tries to make dressage both fun and easy to learn. We asked him what kind of riders he likes to teach and what he expects from riders who come to his clinics.
With Barisone having such a long and distinguished career, with more than 100 CDI Grand Prix wins and a World Cup gold medal (Hickstead, 1997), you might think he wouldn’t want to teach riders who aren’t ready to do it to become 80% at the Grand Prix. Thankfully, that’s not the case at all in our community.
He doesn’t expect drivers and clinic participants to be ready to make every move of the Grand Prix. Instead, he wants them to be willing to “listen and try new ideas.”
“It doesn’t matter if you’re riding a green horse that won’t listen to you or if you’re practicing your two-tempo changes before the regional finals,” he said. “If you want to get better at riding, you have to be interested in learning the basics. The key to success is to fully understand the basics.”
“At the end of the day, it makes me happy when someone has a problem and I can help them solve it and be successful,” Barisone said.
As equestrians, we all want to find and use that one magic key to training horses that will quickly lead us to success and fame. But Barisone says, “There are no miraculous victories that happen instantly.”
Barisone admits that going through the basics of horse training carefully can take a lot of time and not seem very exciting. “It might be boring at times, but it takes you further than any other method,” he says.
Michael Barisone gives a course at Sprieser Sporthorse. Image is property of Liz Bloom and may not be used without her written permission.
Barisone’s lessons and riding are filled with clear echoes of this mantra. He keeps telling riders that “giving up doesn’t work” and that “determination gets you further than anything else”.
We asked Barisone if his younger, more determined self could have learned some of the wisdom gleaned through years of hard work.
“Everyone needs basic knowledge. No matter how smart or talented your horse is, it doesn’t matter. He still needs the most basic things,” he said. “Even if you have a very special horse, don’t treat it any differently than any other horse. He still has to be normal.”
Then he talked about one of his favorite teaching methods. “Teaching horses is like raising children. No matter how far they go in life, all eighth graders need to behave the same way. Don’t make exceptions for bad behavior or give the horse shortcuts just because it’s smart.”
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