Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 1st May - Sunday 5th May, 2019 #MMBHT

Biography

British-based Australian Bill Levett (55) first competed at Badminton 18-years ago and last competed here in 2016. With Badminton entry Alexander NJ he was selected as the travelling reserve for the 2016 Australian Olympic team – but had to withdraw Alexander NJ just prior to departure. In 2014 he represented Australia at the WEG in France (Shannondale Titan).

Australian born Bill, who is based near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire where he runs his own yard, relocated to the UK in 1994.

Although his parents were school teachers his father’s passion for horses meant that he and his four sisters were encouraged to ride. He helped break horses at a local station and after a year moved to work for former Australian international eventer Neale Lavis – winner of individual Olympic silver and team gold at the 1960 Olympic Games – then a racehorse trainer.

At college in Victoria Bill studied Stud Management and returning to Neale’s yard worked his way up to Stud Manager and had the opportunity to try eventing. In 1988 he won a Range Rover Scholarship to Gatcombe Park and train with Mark Phillips and subsequently took a year off from the yard. In 1990 selected for the Australian squad for the WEG he returned to England with Mirabooka NJ a horse given to him by Neale. All of Bills’ own horses have the NJ suffix in recognition of Neale’s contribution to his career – NJ was his nickname.

Bill who trains with Gareth Hughes and Ros Morgan. is a BE accredited trainer. He met his wife Jenny, a self-employed strategy consultant, in 2001. The pair runs a 15 horse competition yard and has 12-year-old twins, Joshua and Ursula. Last year Joshua competed in his first season affiliated to BE while Ursula competes in international vaulting.

Alexander NJ is a 13-year-old Dutch-bred gelding. He is by Furore (a son of Ahorn) and is the 11th of 13 offspring for his dam Eiskonsert who was by the Holsteiner Ronald. He has been produced and competed by Bill since a four-year-old. In 2016 Alexander was 6th in his first four-star at Luhmuhlen. This is the horse’s first Badminton.

 

 

 

Entries

Improvise

ISH, Ireland, 2004
16.0hh , bay , gelding

Sire Master Imp

Dam Diamond Wood (Marwood)

Breeder Anastasia Lawlor

Owner(s): Liz Murdoch, London
Alison Butler,Lechlade, Glos.
Bill & Jenny Levett, Chipping Campdon, Glos.

Notable Results

2016 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 6th Alexander NJ, 13th Improvise

2016 – Blenheim CCI3* 17th Alexander NJ

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 15th Improvise

2015 – Lexington CCI4* 10th Improvise

2015 – Belton CIC3* 2nd Shannondale Titan

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 6th Improvise

2014 – Caen WEG w/d after XC Shannondale Titan

2014 – Luhmuhlen 9th Improvise

2014 – Tattersalls CCI3* 3rd Improvise, 10th Alexander NJ

2013 – Blenheim CIC3* 4th Improvise

2013 – Tattersalls CCI3* 2nd Improvise

2013 – Tattersalls CIC3* 1st Silk Stone

2013 – Saumur CCI3* 1st Shannnondale Titan

2012 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Hippolyte

2011 – Burghley CCI4* EL Political Trump

2011 – Hartpury CIC3* 1st One Two Many NJ

2011 – Saumur CCI3* 2nd One Two Many NJ

2004 – Burghley CCI4* 10th (Minuto)

Badminton

2016 –  ret Improvise

2015 – 18th Shannondale Titan

2014 – 27th Shannondale Titan

2010 – 7th Hippolyte, 28th Political Trump

2004 – Ret XC Muddy Chuddy

2003 – El Time Will Tell

2003 – B WD Norwegian Connection

2002 – 32nd Time Will Tell

2000 – 15th In the Black