Australian born Bill Levett (53) has been based in the UK near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire since 1995, where he runs his own yard producing event horses.
In 2014 with Improvise he was sixth at Burghley and in 2015 the pair was 10th at Lexington and 15th at Burghley.
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 the 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 to 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.
Bill who trains with British team dressage rider 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 11-year-old twins, Joshua and Ursula.
Improvise, owned by Ali Butler, Elisabeth Murdoch and Jenny Levett is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse. Bred by Anastasia Lawlor he is a three-quarter bred x ID by the leading thoroughbred sire Master Imp out of Diamond Wood by the thoroughbred Marwood.
He was formerly ridden by owner Ali Butler who foud him in Ireland and Bill acquired the ride six years ago and has produced him from BE90 to four-star level.
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.