By Alexandra Kokka
Fairly Obvious came to TAA-accredited After the Races as an unraced 2-year-old with a fractured pastern. Around the same time, Lindsey Partridge, a veteran OTTB retrainer, was in search of her 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover mount.
“I wanted a horse that would be sound without limitations after the rehab,” Partridge said. “I had X-rays done on her broken pastern, and because the prognosis was good I decided to go ahead with it.”
Partridge adopted Fairly Obvious sight unseen as the Pennsylvania-bred was still in the process of recovering from her injury.
“She was definitely a bit crazy when I first got her because she had been on stall rest for so long,” Partridge said. “It took a lot of groundwork to build the trust and connection that we have.”
Partridge’s patience with Fairly Obvious, or “Fairly,” paid off when the duo earned a 2nd out of 31 in freestyle and a 4th out of 23 in ranch work at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover.
Furthermore, their multidisciplinary success earned them the TAA High Point Award, the Top Pennsylvania-Bred Horse Award, and the Pennsylvania HBPA Award.
“In the future, I hope to do more demonstrations with (“Fairly”), some jumping, and maybe even some extreme cowboy (competitions),” Partridge said.