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Biography

British-based Australian Bill Levett (59) last competed at Badminton in 2019 gaining 15th place with Lassban Diamond Lad one of his entries this year also. In 2018 the pair was a member of the Australian squad for the WEG (individual) and was third in the Bramham CCI3*. It will be a first at the level for Lates Quin who in August last year was the winner of the CCI4* at Millstreet.

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 schoolteachers, 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. In 2014 Bill represented Australia at the WEG in France (Shannondale Titan) and in 2016 with Alexander NJ was selected as the travelling reserve for the 2016 Australian Olympic team – but had to withdraw Alexander NJ just prior to departure. 2021 is Bill’s 27th year of competing in the UK.

Bill 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 17-year-old twins, Joshua and Ursula. Joshua competes in BE affiliated eventing while Ursula competes in international vaulting.

Lassban Diamond Lift, owned by Elizabeth Murdoch and rider, is a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the thoroughbred Easy Lift (a son of Chair Lift) out of Lassban Chow Bella by Diamond Chin (a son of Flagmount Diamond). He was acquired from the Monart sale and has been produced through the grades by Bill since a five-year-old. The pair was 3rd in the CCI3* at Bramham 2018.

Lates Quin owned by long-time supporter Elizabeth Murdoch, is a 10-year-old Irish-Bred Irish Sport Horse gelding. Bred by Thomas Fitzgerald he is by Harlequin du Carel out of a mare by Clover Hill. He was acquired from the Monart sale as a four-year-old.

 

 

Entries

Lassban Diamond Lift

ISH, United Kingdom, 2008
16.3hh , chestnut , gelding

Sire Easy Lift

Dam Lassban Chow Bella (Diamond Chin)

Breeder Mr Malloney & Merrigan

Owner(s): Elisabeth Murdoch
& Rider

Notable Results

2021 – Millstreet CCI4*L 1st Lates Quin

2021 – Bicton CCI4*L 35th Lates Quin

2018 – Tryon WEG El Lassban Diamond Lift

2018 – Hartpury CIC3* 5th Lassban Diamond Lift, 10th Alexander NJ,11th Improvise

2018 – Alnick Burgham CIC3* 16th Lassban Diamond Lift

2018 – Bramham CCI3* 3rd Lassban Diamond Lift

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

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 15th Improvise

2015 – Lexington CCI4* 10th Improvise

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 6th Improvise

2013 – Saumur CCI3* 1st Shannnondale Titan

2012 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Hippolyte

2011 – Burghley CCI4* EL Political Trump

2004 – Burghley CCI4* 10th (Minuto)

Badminton

2019 – 15th Lassban Diamond Lad

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 – WD (Norwegian Connection)

2002 – 32nd (Time Will Tell)

2000 – 15th (in the Black)