PRLog - Jul. 5, 2012 - ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- It was announced today that Carl Bouckaert, one of the founders and owners of the nation’s third largest carpet mill, Beaulieu Group LLC, will be competing in the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Mr. Bouckaert, 58 and a native of Belgium, was selected as one of five members of the Belgian Equestrian Three Day Eventing Team. In Eventing, horse and rider must compete in a grueling test of dressage (precision riding), cross country timed jumping, and stadium show jumping over three successive days.
Carl Bouckaert Portrait
Mr. Bouckaert qualified in the U.S. before leaving for Europe and three months of intense training, culminating with his selection for the team. Previously, he had competed at the Olympic level for Belgium in the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games.
“This is certainly exciting for our company, the Dalton area and the State of Georgia to have Carl as a competitor in this year’s Olympics,” observed Ralph Boe, CEO of Beaulieu.
The London Games open July 27 with Equestrian competition beginning July 28. Equestrian events will be held in Greenwich Park, London’s oldest Royal Park. For more information, go to www.london2012.com/
Carl Bouckaert was born in Belgium in 1954 into a family with over six generations of veterinary and race horse tradition.
After a very successful Junior and Young Rider career in show jumping and eventing, and after several years in engineering school at the University of Louvain, Carl moved to the United States to start his business in 1978.
Between 1978 and 1995 Carl competed at national and international events in the USA and Canada.
Carl’s competition highlights over the years include:
In 1995, a Belgian team member at the European Championship in Pratoni Del Vivaro, Italy
In 1998, a Belgian team member at WEG in Pratoni Del Vivaro, Italy
In 1999, Belgian team member at the European Championship in Luhmuhlen, Germany where they won the Team Bronze Medal
In 2000, a Belgian team member at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
In 2003, a Belgian team member at the European Championship in Punchestown, Ireland where they won the Team Bronze Medal
In 2005, a Belgian team member at the European Championship in Blenheim, UK
In 2006, a Belgian team member at the WEG in Aachen, Germany
In 2007, a Belgian team member at the European Championships in Patroni Del Vivaro, Italy
In 2009, a Belgian individual rider at the European Championship in Fontainebleau, France
In 2010, on the Belgian team short list for WEG 2010 in Kentucky, USA.
In addition, Carl has competed in many international 2, 3, and 4 star events in the USA, Canada and Europe, plus two World Cup Finals.