Merel Blom


Merel Blom

  • 24 - Rumour has it N.O.P


Dutch rider Merel Blom (32) last competed at Badminton in 2015 – her third completion of the event with Rumour has It, her entry this year also. The pair has been a member of the Dutch team for the last five major championships. Last year the pair was the highest placed member of the Dutch team in the WEG at Tryon and in 2016 the highest placed member at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In 2014 they won team bronze at the 2014 WEG.

Merel who is based in Alten in Gelderland on the Dutch/German border, started riding aged five and aged 19 rode in her first Young Rider Championship (Lady Lorridaile). In 2011 she competed in her first senior European Championship (44th Umberto). In 2012 with Rumour Has It she was 13th in their first four-star event at Pau, winning the HSBC training Bursary.

A law and finance student at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, she is trained by Jeroen Hulsman and Rob Ehrens.

Rumour has It owned by Mr John and Mrs Conny Blom and Mr Leendert Jan Hofland, is a 16-year-old German-bred gelding. He is by the Danish SHBGB graded Thoroughbred Esteban (also the sire of former Badminton horse Elektron) out of Onara by the Holstein stallion Candillo also the sire of four-star horse Flying Finish. He was procured through the Top Event Horse auction in Luhmuhlen in 2009.  Rumour Has It is described as ‘super smart and the best horse ever’.




Rumour has it N.O.P

HOLST, Germany, 2003
17.1hh , bay , gelding

Sire Esteban XX

Dam Onara (Candillo)

Breeder Arndt Werner

Owner(s): John & Conny Blom, Gelderland, Netherlands

Notable Results

2018 – Tryon WEG 16th Rumour Has It NOP

2017 – Strzegom CH-EU-CCI3* w/d 2nd HI Rumour Has It

2017 – Strezegom CCI3* 2nd Rumour Has It

2016 – Rio OG 19th Rumour Has It

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* 20th Rumour Has It

2014 – Caen WEG 26th Rumour Has It

2013 – Pau CCI4* 32nd Rumour Has It

2013 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 23rd Rumour Has It, 32nd Sagnol

2012 – Pau CCI4* 13th Rumour Has It

2011 – Luhmuhlen CH-EU-C3* 44th Umberto DB

2007 – Blair Castle CH-EU-YRC2* 36th Tosca VD Perrdebos

2006 – Pardubice CH-EU-YC2* 33rd Vive La Vie’s Rodeska

2002 – Macon Laize CCIP2* 11th C’Est Moi Maximilian

2002 – Macon Laize CCIP1* 12th Ghadaf


2015 – 33rd Rumour Has It

2014 – 13th Rumour Has It

2013 – 58th Rumour Has It