Nayel Nassar and Lordan won in Thermal two years ago ©FEI

Egypt’s Nayel Nassar secured the gold medal at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Cup jumping North American League event in Thermal.

This was Nassar’s second victory on Lordan in Thermal in the United States, having won a World Cup qualifier there two years ago.

This time around, Nassar and 14-year-old Lordan recorded a time of 78.86sec with no faults to qualify for the jump-off.

Egyptian Nassar, born in Chicago, then recorded a time of 39.02, again with no faults, to secure the World Cup title in the jump-off.

"He [Lordan] is such a trier," said Nassar.

"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."

Nassar admitted that Lordan’s naturally shorter stride probably played to his advantage in the jump-off as he maintained a forward pace from the start.

"The first line was a lot more forward for me than anyone else," he said.

"So, I was already faster there, and probably on the turn back to the last line.

"I took a pretty big risk there.

"I jumped the double right to left and I could see all the tracks [from the other horses].

"I was way inside there, and I just found the first shot out of the corner.”

The other five riders in the jump-off were all from the United States with Elizabeth Madden, riding 12-year-old Breitling LS, claiming the silver medal in 39.92 whilst Mandy Porter, on 13-year-old Milano, completed the podium lineup thanks to a time of 40.56.

The final FEI World Cup jumping North American League event is due to take place at Live Oak Plantation in Ocala on March 18.