Carl Bouckaert, a founder and chairman of the Dalton-based Beaulieu Group LLC, is to compete in the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games on behalf of the Belgian equestrian team.
Mr. Bouckaert, 58, is well known in local equestrian circles and owns the Chattahoochee Falls horse farm 15 miles west of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
For the past three months, he has been training in Europe following his qualification to compete as one of five Belgian team members in the eventing category.
In eventing, the horse and rider compete for three days in a test of precision riding, known as dressage; cross country timed jumping and stadium show jumping.
The equestrian events are to begin on Saturday, July 28, the day following the official opening of the Olympics, and are to be held in Greenwich Park, one of eight Royal Parks in London, which originally were lands owned by the United Kingdom’s monarchy.
The parks are to host a variety of Olympic and Paralympic events besides the equestrian including cycling, beach volleyball, race walking and others.
Mr. Bouckaert first competed as a member of the Belgian team in1995. He was a member of its Olympic team in the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games.
Following engineering studies at the University of Louvain in Belgium, he moved to the U.S., starting the company in 1978, which does business here as Beaulieu of America Inc.
The company currently has subsidiaries in Australia and Canada and facilities in Bridgeport, Ala., and Chatsworth.
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