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.
16.0hh , bay , gelding
Sire Master Imp
Dam Diamond Wood (Marwood)
Breeder Anastasia Lawlor
Liz Murdoch, London
Alison Butler,Lechlade, Glos.
Bill & Jenny Levett, Chipping Campdon, Glos.