WASHINGTON TWP., N.J. — Dressage Trainer, Michael Barisone has been charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses a day after a shooting was reported at his farm.

Barisone, 54, of West Mill Road, Washington Township, was charged in connection with an incident occurring on Aug. 7.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Jeffrey Almer of the Washington Township Police Department announced the charges on Aug. 8.

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According to the Prosecutor’s Office: At approximately 2:13 p.m. on Aug. 7, police received a 9-1-1 call requesting service at 411 West Mill Road for a female with gunshot wounds. Washington Township Police responded to the scene and located one female who had sustained what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The defendant, Barisone, and a second male victim were also located at the scene. A handgun was also recovered.

As a result of the investigation into this incident, Barisone was charged with two counts of attempted murder, first degree, and two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second degree.

Members of the Washington Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit contributed to the investigation.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or the Washington Township Police Department at 908-876-3232.

According to his website:

Barisone grew up riding horses in upstate New York and has been based in the horse country of New Jersey for more than 20 years.

He has more than 100 career CDI Grand Prix wins on nine different horses that he produced himself to Grand Prix.

He was a member of the 1997 gold medal winning Nations Cup team at Hickstead, (England) and a member of the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing. He has remained almost continuously listed by the USET for all major championships since 1992.

In 2016 his student Alison Brock was a member of the US Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and helped the US claim a Team Bronze medal.

Barisone’s involvement in dressage includes being a member of the USEF Board of Directors, hosting the Colbert Report on national television, and coaching the 2012 US Olympic Team for Three-Day Eventing. He has coached Olympians, WEG team members and dedicated adult amateurs. He was the 2009 Sportsman International Horseman of the Year.

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