Nassar and Lordan Shine Again With Second Longines Victory in Thermal 

11 Feb 2018

By Catie Staszak

Two years ago, Nayel Nassar (EGY) won the World Cup qualifier at Thermal (USA) with his then 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Lordan. In 2018, the partnership returned to form with a second victory in the desert, as the duo won the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping™ Thermal, the final leg of the west coast sub league of the North American League.

Six combinations cleared the Alan Wade (IRL) designed track in the first round, and all produced a second clear effort in the jump-off. Beezie Madden (USA) and Breitling LS led early with a time of 39.92 seconds, but Nassar and Lordan, who also won the World Cup qualifier at Wellington (USA) last season, sped past them by nine-tenths of a second, crossing the timers in 39.02 seconds. Mandy Porter (USA) and Milano, who won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Sacramento (USA) in October, rounded out the top three with their 40.56-second time.

“He’s such a trier,” Nassar said. “We know each other so well at this point, and we have a good partnership to get us through all the little intricacies in the courses.”

"He is such a trier! We have a good partnership to get us through all the little intricacies in the courses."

Nayal Nassar (EGY)

Nassar said that Lordan’s naturally shorter stride might have played to his advantage in the jump-off, because he maintained a forward pace from the start.

“The first line was way more forward for me than anyone else,” Nassar said. “So, I was already faster there, and [also] probably on the turn back to the last line. I took a pretty big risk there. I jumped the double [from] right to left, and I could see all the tracks [from the other horses], and I was way inside there, and I just found the first shot out of the corner.”

 

Madden’s Cross Country Trip More Than Worthwhile

After competing in Wellington last week, Madden made the cross-country journey from Florida to California to compete at Thermal. The trip proved worthwhile, because Madden’s runner-up finish jumped her from 11th to third in the east coast sub league standings of the North American League, which should put her safely in position for qualification to the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Paris (FRA) in April.

“I didn’t do that many World Cup [qualifiers] in the fall,” Madden said. I needed some more chances to get points. My plan might be to take him and one other [horse to Paris].”

The final leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League will take place on the east coast at Live Oak Plantation in Ocala (USA) on Sunday 18 March 2018.

 

Results

1. Lordan, Nayel Nassar (EGY) 0/0 39.02

2. Breitling LS, Beezie Madden (USA) 0/0 39.92

3. Milano, Mandy Porter (USA) 0/0 40.56

4. Quirado RC, Richard Spooner (USA) 0/0 41.70

5. Akuna Mattata, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) 0/0 42.34

6. Luebbo, Jamie Barge (USA) 0/0 43.51

7. Hermelien vd Hooghoeve, Ali Ramsay (USA) 1 83.235

8. Tembla, Karl Cook (USA) 4 77.96

9. Alex, Jennifer Gates (USA) 4 80.08

10. Catypso, Eric Navet (FRA) 4 81.04

Full results can be viewed here

 

Nayel Nassar (EGY) – 1st

“I’m trying to preserve Lordan as much as I can. He’s 14 this year, but he feels really great right now, and I’m just stoked to have him.”

 

Beezie Madden (USA) — 2nd

“Breitling is my veteran horse right now. He knows his job well. It was actually his first show [of the year]. I had confidence that he would be alright with that.”

 

Mandy Porter (USA)  — 3rd

“These guys are so fast. It was a very nice course, and I tried to chase [Nassar and Madden], and it’s a learning experience. It’s humbling, and it makes you step your game up.”

“[Milano] is game for it all day. We would like to go to Paris. We’re going to make sure it’s the right thing for the horse.”

 

Standings: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League — West Coast

1. Richard Spooner (USA) 60

2. Mandy Porter (USA) 54

3. Jamie Barge (USA) 46

4. Eric Navet (FRA) 45

5. Jenni McAllister (USA) 41

6. Ali Ramsay (CAN) 37

7. Sayre Happy (USA) 34

8. Laura Jane Tidball (CAN) 32

9. Jennifer Gates (USA) 32

10. Karl Cook (USA) 31

Full standings can be viewed here

 

Standings: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League — East Coast

1. McLain Ward (USA) 52

2. Alison Robitaille (USA) 52

3. Elizabeth Madden (USA) 46

4. Isabelle Lapierre (CAN) 40

5. Conor Swail (IRL) 40

6. Sarah Scheiring (USA) 39

7. Beat Mändli (SUI) 38

8. Andrew Kocher (USA) 38

9. Jack Towell (USA) 38

10. Devin Ryan (IRL) 37

Full standings can be viewed here

Nayel Nassar (EGY) and his ride Lordan are the shining stars of Thermal winning the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping™, the final leg of the west coast sub league of the North American League. (FEI / Glen Burgess)

Nayel Nassar (EGY) and his ride Lordan are the shining stars of Thermal winning the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping™, the final leg of the west coast sub league of the North American League. (FEI / Glen Burgess)

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