Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Bill Levett

  • 62 - Improvise


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.





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 – Fontainebleau CICO3* 8th Improvise

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 – Blair Castle CCI3* 3rd Silk Stone

2013 – Blair Castle CIC3* El Shannondale Titan

2013 – Aachen CICO3* El Silk Stone

2013 – Tattersalls CCI3* 2nd Improvise

2013 – Tattersalls CIC3* 1st Silk Stone

2013 – Saumur CCI3* 1st Shannnondale Titan

2012 – Burghley CCI4* Ret Hippolyte

2011 – Blenheim CCIO*** 50th One Two Many NJ

2011 – Burghley CCI4* EL Political Trump

2011 – Hartpury CIC3* 1st One Two Many NJ

2011 – Saumur CCI3* 2nd One Two Many NJ

2010 – Blenheim CIC3* 6th One Two Many NJ

2004 – Burghley CCI4* 10th (Minuto)


2015 – Badminton CCI4* 18th Shannondale Titan

2014 – Badminton CCI4* 27th Shannondale Titan

2010 – Badminton 7th Hippolyte, 28th Political Trump

2004 – Badminton Ret XC *Muddy Chuddy)

2003 – Badminton El (Time Will Tell)

2003 – Badminton WD (Norwegian Connection)

2002 – Badminton 32nd (Time Will Tell)

2000 – Badminton 15th (in the Black)