The more you water a flower, the better your chance of watching it bloom. When it comes to the relationship of Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Lordan, his 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion, it is unquestionably clear that hard work, dedication, and relentless passion have bloomed into something special.

After overcoming various difficulties, on Sunday, February 5th, the pair made their first competition of the year count when they won the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Wellington at the Palm Beach Masters CSI3*-W in Wellington, Florida. We can only imagine what the future has in store for Nassar and Lordan.

Here are 10 things you should know about this talented stallion:

  1. Lordan has German roots, but Nayel first met him in Hungary.
  2. Nayel tried many horses that day, but even then he could tell Lordan was a unique horse. “I went over there in the winter of 2010 and I tried maybe 30 horses that day in a tiny indoor ring…and it was freezing cold. But he was one of the first ones they brought out and he really stood out for me.”
  3. In fact, Lordan was known for being a little quirky. “I think they actually sold him once and then got him back because he wouldn’t jump liverpools or something—but he’s been a tremendous partner.”
  4. Lordan loves to play! “He’s always got a little buck and play in him when he’s feeling good. I get concerned when he’s not doing that.”
  5. Lordan has competed in two $1 million grand prixs, winning the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties in New York in 2013 and placing second in the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal in March of 2014.
  6. He’s not always energetic. “He’s kind of lazy at home, but I think he knows how good he is. He’s a little spoiled. We spoil him because he is that good, but honestly, once you bring him to the show, he really lights up.”
  7. The bay had a stifle injury in 2015 and took almost a year of recovering, but is now back and better than ever! “Honestly, it gives you a new sense of appreciation,” Nayel told NF Style following Sunday’s win. “I’m just happy anytime I can go into the ring now, whereas before, I always wanted to win and you always have big ambitions….It just puts things in perspective and he’s so incredible and I’ve had him for so long that I just feel blessed that he’s happy to go back into the ring.”
  8. Nayel currently leads the North American Western Sub-League with 55 points. When asked about his potential plans to take Lordan to the Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier at the Live Oak International in March, however, Nayel is hesitant. “I think at this point, I’m pretty much locked in. My plan was to start him off on grass and not change surfaces on him. So now that we’ve got that over with, he’s just going to stay on dirt until the World Cup Finals.

Photography by Erin Gilmore for Noelle Floyd and Noelle Floyd Style.