Ilan Bluman was born on June 23rd 1987, in Medellin, Colombia.
Ilan started riding at age 3, and by age 7 he started to compete in the jumpers. Ilan had a lot of success in the children and junior jumper divisions, where he was Colombian National Champion multiple times.
Having won all four gold medals in the Colombian Nationals Games – part of the Olympic Cycle – he turned professional in 2008.
Ilan successfully balanced his professional career while in college in Medellin, and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Agriculture Administration.