Bluman Brothers For The Win: Ilan and Mark Bluman Capture Victories in GLEF CSI3* Competition

The first of two weeks of CSI3* competition began during Week V of the 2019 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, LLC, with the first half of the week dominated by the Bluman brothers as they accumulated victories in two major classes to make it a family affair. Thursday’s big winners proved to be Ilan Bluman (COL) and Eax Run Run LS, who galloped away with the tricolor in the $35,700 Welcome Stake CSI3* as the fastest double-clear pair ahead of a large 16-horse jump-off. On Wednesday, Mark Bluman (COL) and Jenni’s Chance kicked off FEI competition with a victory in the $1,000 1.40m Jumper CSI3* to best a field of 23 contenders.

Ilan Bluman and Eax Run Run LS. Photo: Andrew Ryback Photography

At the conclusion of the first round of riding in the $35,700 Welcome Stake CSI3*,16 horse-and-rider partnerships had successfully navigated course designer Manuel Esparza’s (MEX) track to earn a spot in the jump-off. Athletes slated to return over the short course included Ilan, Sydney Shulman (ISR), Peter Leone (USA), Peter Lutz (USA), Santiago Lambre (MEX), Molly Ashe Cawley (USA), Jim Ifko (CAN), Catherine Tyree (USA), Schuyler Riley (USA), Wilhelm Genn (GER), Sloane Coles (USA), Vasco Flores (PUR), Mattias Tromp (USA) and Tanner Jorotkin (USA) with their respective horses. Riley and Bluman posed the greatest threats of winning with two mounts apiece qualified for the tie-breaking round.

Back for the abridged jump-off course, Tyree and Mary Tyree’s Enjoy Louis served as the pathfinders and the first pair to lay down a second fault-free effort, breaking the beam in 43.600 to set the pace ahead of the large returning pack. As the class progressed, eight duos were able to catch Tyree and Enjoy Louis by turning in quicker foot-perfect performances, led by Ilan and Blue Star Investments’ Eax Run Run LS, one of the final entries to ride. The combination improved upon their competitors’ times with a clear trip in 38.640 to jump to the lead, and no subsequent entries were able to catch them, solidifying Ilan and Eax Run Run LS as the $35,700 Welcome Stake CSI3* victors. Shulman piloted Jill Shulman’s Azilis Du Mesnil to second place in a penalty-free 39.290 seconds, and Bosch Sport Horses’ Excellent carried Lutz to third overall in the rankings in a clean time of 40.570 seconds.

Ilan Bluman and Eax Run Run LS. Photo: Andrew Ryback Photography

“This horse I got almost three and a half years ago,” shared Ilan. “I have been working really hard with him, and this is the first time we went that fast. He is learning. He is not that young, but he is still learning. I’ve been working really hard to be able to do what I did today.”

With Ilan’s win, he has earned valuable points towards the new $25,000 CaptiveOne Open Jumper Rider Bonus, but Genn still retains the top spot following a series of victories at the onset of the festival. Awarded at the conclusion of the circuit in August, the $25,000 CaptiveOne Open Jumper Rider Bonus standing are calculated based on prize money earned throughout the six-week festival in Open Jumper classes 1.45m and above. Fans and athletes can follow along and check the $25,000 CaptiveOne Open Jumper Rider Bonus leaderboard, posted on, to track their favorite riders and see who is leading in the standings.

$35,700 Welcome Stake CSI3*:
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Eax Run Run LS / Ilan Bluman / COL / Blue Star Investments / 0 / 0 / 38.640
2. Azilis Du Mesnil / Sydney Shulman / ISR / Jill Shulman / 0 / 0 / 39.290
3. Excellent / Peter Lutz / USA / Bosch Sport Horses / 0 / 0 / 40.570
4. Doloris / Santiago Lambre / MEX / Santiago Lambre / 0 / 0 / 40.680
5. Cassandra / Molly Ashe Cawley / USA / Louisburg Farm / 0 / 0 / 40.750
6. J-Boston S.E / Ilan Bluman / COL / Elle Haymond / 0 / 0 / 40.790
7. Eyecatcher / Mattias Tromp / USA / Beyaert Farm Inc / 0 / 0 / 40.980
8. Dubai / Vasco Flores / PUR / SHL Farm / 0 / 0 / 42.450
9. Enjoy Louis / Catherine Tyree / USA / Mary Tyree / 0 / 0 / 43.600
10. Un Diamont Des Forets / Jim Ifko / CAN / Eventyre Farms Ltd / 0 / 4 / 37.640
11. Chippendale’s Boy Dz / Sloane Coles / USA / The Springledge Group / 0 / 4 / 40.220
12. Capito Z / Peter Leone / USA / Capito Group LLC / 0 / 4 / 41.220