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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: The Mission of Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc. is to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain, and re-home off track thoroughbred horses; and afford community youth the opportunity to experience the process. Promoting growth and learning in both horses and youth; instill a solid work ethic, with emphasis on teamwork, responsibility, confidence, and service to others, providing the horses with a solid training foundation for a second career, and youth with lifelong skills. We are the first and only all Thoroughbred retraining program in the state. Our mission began in an effort to help retired racehorses find new careers and prevent them from situations that may lead to neglect, starvation or slaughter while engaging our community youth in the world of horses. ‚Äč It is our goal to rehabilitate, retrain and re-home off-track Thoroughbreds. By teaching our horses a new skill set, we are able to provide them with a future after their work on the track is complete.

Results: We have been extremely fortunate to have been able to assist with over 200 adoptions since our inception. As we gain recognition, we increase our adoption rate. We currently have been able to adopt approximately 3 horses per month, which is phenomenal!

Target demographics: Thoroughbred race horses and community youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 35 horses find new homes, and afforded 54 the opportunity at a new life and career

Geographic areas served: Oklahoma

Programs: Serving our community by involving youth in the process of rehabilitation, retraining, and re-homing of retired race horses, providing them with the opportunity and skills needed to start and maintain a new career after their racing career is over, and teaching our young people valuable life lessons such as responsibility, commitment and communication.

Community Stories

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter volunteers for TAI and has uplifting reports about the organization and the horses. She loves what the do for their horses and the results speak for themselves. God bless TAI and Lynn Sullivan.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of Directors for Throughbred Athletes Inc and feel most fortunate to work toward their mission of finding loving homes for retired Throughbred racehorses. The efforts of this outstanding organization have given the opportunity for these former racehorses to find second carrers and a life filled with care and companionship from people who see to their lifelong welfare.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful people, great facility, beautiful horses!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been working with this organization for the past 5 years and can not tell you how much I love them. Their dedication to saving, retraining and promoting the versatility of this amazing breed after their racing career is over, is truly a wonderful thing to behold!!

Christie H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great facility and staff. Their love & passion for thoroughbreds is clearly seen. I'd definitely recommend supporting this nonprofit to my family and friends.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that I am thankful to be a part of!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a retired engineer, I enjoy spending my free time volunteering at TAI, in Guthrie. I enjoy my time with Lynn Sullivan, the other volunteers, and especially the horses!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great group of volunteers with a clear, focused mission. The horses are a priority, care is unparalleled, retraining methods are patient and kind, and new homes are vetted for appropriate fit.

Ann S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people here rescuing, rehabbing and loving those horses that might otherwise find themselves in dire straits. Lynn and company are professional, knowledgeable and caring people that give any horses the best chance of a second life.

Thank you Lynn and company for keeping Thoroughbred Athletes a top tier organization

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I support Thoroughbred Athleyes, Inc both as a volunteer, cleaning stalls and feeding horses, and as a member of the Board of Directors, securing funding and strategic direction.

I am happiest feeding these beautiful former racers as they transition to a second successful career! Chuck T.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and a donor for Thoroughbred Athletes for 6 years. The volunteers and Director are some of the most dedicated and caring people I have ever been around. Each horse that comes through the program is treated like the unique athlete he is and is put on a rehab/training program tailored to him. I have witnessed some amazing transformations. Great nonprofit!

1 Angela S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this organization and Lynn Sullivan. The kids who volunteer here are above and beyond loving, kind hearted, hard working little blessings. The horses are well taken care of and trained so that you can find your next lifetime partner with ease. There are no secrets because Lynn tells you every detail (good or bad habits). I love the young horse, Regulator, I got to adopt and Lynn was absolutely right about everything she said about him!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that provides thoroughbreds with the opportunity to have a new career after racing and a loving home. I would recommend looking here if your looking for a well retrained thoroughbred to compete with or just trail ride. Very friendly organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the director of this organization many times in the past. I'm a horse rescuer in Louisiana and have seen the great work they do first hand. We all struggle to keep Thoroughbreds safe from entering the slaughter pipeline to Mexico and this group does an excellent job at finding at risk Horses and getting them safe. Furthermore once they do get a horse they are able to rehabilitate and retraining with expert care and knowledge. And their adoption process is excellent. Their work ensures that a horse is matched with the right writer and that the new home is a good one. This is a great organization.

2 Wendy T.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have supported many thoroughbred rescues efforts of Thoroughbred Athletes Inc for slaughter pipeline horses. They do things right, they follow through and the horse always comes first - no matter how long it takes. I unequivocally recommend adopting, sponsoring or donating to Thoroughbred Athletes.

4 Lkristine4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thoroughbred Athletes Inc is truly one of a kind and an absolute blessing to not only the horses but to the people. Lynn truly has the most generous heart and utmost love and passion for these horses and her team that help her. She puts these horses above all else, including her health. She devotes all of her time to rescuing, rehabilitating, caring for (not just medically but for their well being mind and soul), and then trying to get these guys n gals into forever loving homes. There is so much more here than just a rescue. She rescues and takes in these amazing OTTBs (Off the track thoroughbreds) and gives them a new purpose in life not just with eventing etc but also with having an owner that will take them and cherish them forever like they deserve. Whether they're being retired from the track or found in a kill pen, Lynn opens her doors to the best of her ability. She runs this amazing nonprofit rehabilitation facility working from sun up to sun done with just her two bare hands and amazing volunteers.

I started volunteering with TAI and Lynn almost a year ago. I found a love and passion for horses at a very young age, volunteering with barns and getting lessons in return. At sixteen I got a retired TB racehorse. This was of course a decade plus before I met Lynn. I was not educated about retired racehorses and didn't know what I was getting into. He became my baby, but me and my TB neither had the proper training or trainers.... let alone the education. It didn't bode well for me down the line but ever since having that OTTB I took a deep passion into wanting to learn about them and one day to adopt one again. I didn't have Lynn and her volunteers. This is one thing that makes Lynn and TAI so very unique. She doesn't just place these horses with whoever has the money... no. Lynn is very thorough and detailed into finding the right fit for both horse and rider. She truly cares for these animals and the people. She has great requirements for adoptions that take the horse's and potential adopter's well being into mind, including making sure you have a good trainer and fit well with your horse you're wanting. This facility is absolutely incredible and all these horses that come into TAI stay with us forever. These horses go from racehorses to anything from show horses to companions.
Her volunteer program is just as incredible as her process of taking these horses and making them into what they are now. She lets anyone from youth or adults volunteer with her. I have this honor. I am 27 now, been without Lynn and TAI for close to a year now. It is very hard work, lots of chores etc but to be apart of the process of working with these horses to get them into forever loving homes is just indescribable. It will warm your heart like you wouldn't believe. She helps keep youth active in such a higher purpose and amazing environment that it helps to keep kids out of the wrong scenes. You gain so much and learn so much about responsibility and that hard work pays off.
Being a volunteer with TAI isn't just usual barn work. As a volunteer I get to ride these amazing TB's, I get to help rehabilitate them from a horse who wants to race to a horse that makes these amazing transformations and can even go on to shows, eventing, hunter/jumper... the door is wide open. The volunteers get to see this potential and then help make it happen. I know I can say for me it has helped me better my life. TAI is helping me to once again go back to my love for OTTBs and finally I'm gaining the knowledge I've always wanted. These are the steps I want to take in life to one day strive to be half the woman Lynn is and run something similar to TAI.
Like I said, TAI and Lynn are a blessing and dream come true for both horses and people. I will always support this cause to the best of my ability.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted 2 wonderful horses from this wonderful organization would love to get another one but my pocket book says no

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is fantastic! Lynn is so helpful with choosing the right horse for the person and the lifestyle the person lives!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to adopt a wonderful horse that had been discarded and sent to a sale. These people have such caring hearts and amazing volunteers. Honestly they donate so much of their time and their own finances into saving and rehabilitating horses that thrive under their care and go on to homes where they are loved and given a new job.

2 Lucy19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member since this start of this organization and I cannot only believe how much I have learned from every person involved, but also how much this organization cares about the horses and the sport as a whole. I've been blessed with incredible opportunities through Thoroughbred Athletes, and continue to love walking into the barn every single day. The crew is a family and each horse is loved on and cared for every single day. Lynn and the volunteers that make up the organization put in an incredible amount of effort and emotion into this program to make it into what it is today, and what it will be in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for 6 years with this organization and I can't express in words my admiration for Lynn and the other volunteers' dedication to everything regarding this organization. The horses are each cared for on an individual basis and receive top quality care. Not only does this organization do tons for their own horses and efforts, but Lynn also makes sure to give back to other nonprofits in our state through whatever support is possible.
It is superbly clear that this organization not only strives to meet its own goals and missions, but helps others on the way. I could not be more proud to be a part of the efforts of this org.

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4 Jeanie T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've only been there once but I have to say it was very impressive. I love that these folks help these horses find good homes. They are very nice people with the knowledge to back a place like this. If I could give 10 stars I would.