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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. ​ 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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

1 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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!

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.

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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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group of people thriving to get ottb's a new job. Fitting horses with good people who want a better life for them. I would invite everyone to visit this facility and adopt from them if possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work done by Thoroughbred Athletes is simply amazing! I adopted Analytic last fall from this organization. When he arrived at their facility he had been rescued from an Oklahoma kill pen. Having been exposed to strangles there he ended up being so bad that he needed a tracheostomy! I can't thank Lynn and Thoroughbred Athletes enough for their dedication and outstanding work that they do for the off the track thoroughbreds!

Angela S.1

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!

1 Rebecca199

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Goodday to all who read this! I have been a volunteer with this group from the very beginning, and can post that I am very, very HAPPY to be a part of such an excellent & very hard working group of families & individuals!! These peoples come from varied backgrounds, degrees & non-degreed and from the young to the older.. ;) Like me, we have some SENIOR volunteers and the owner & managers the married couple named: Harold & Lynn Sullivan have dedicated most of their lives to the care of the offtrack thoroughbreds in this state. And, they have recent permission to help horses from some other states, as well!! I greatly appreciate their hard work and most of all their graciousness to take in the ottb and evaluate them and help them in any way they can! I have personally had many 'uplifting moments into days, and much happiness" from volunteering & from viewing their different websites to fbook sites! Also, have much joy & resting moments; by helping making crafts &/or making jewelry bags~ to be sold to get monies to help these gorgeous & absolutely amazing animals! I hope you to will view their website and open your heart to the needs of the horses that are in their care. Many horses come to any rescue farm needing much veterinary care & rehabbing; than the work of retraining them starts..so, YES, the needs continue every day at a rescue farm. Thank you for reading my post! I hope you will SHARE this farm's info and help them earn around $43.00~ by going to~ www.greatnonprofit.org~ their front page describes, how just by SHARING their link on that site..you can help this ottb farm earn some much needed dollars! (I will include a pic of one of my son's & his favorite Arabian mare & foal. And some sample ideas of items that can be donated to the yearly Silent Auction..that when sold helps make monies for this farm! Most Sincerely, Rebecca Hill~

1 Karen448

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does wonderful work improving the lives of OTTB who are often discarded after their race usefulness is over. OTTB's are beautiful, loving creatures who have so much more to give to a responsible owner. More organizations need to help our nation's horses. I commend them so much for dealing with the dark side of the racing industry and other sources where OTTB's come from needing homes vs. disposal.

1 Hallé J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A much needed organization that is truly dedicated to rehabilitating OTTBS and matching them with loving and dedicated owners.

1 Bridget26

Donor

Rating: 5

It is so wonderful to have Thoroughbred Athletes Inc. to be here for these great horses that have so much more to give . They are a true blessing for the horses !!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been so very blessed to get know this organization. Lynn does a fabulous job rescuing, rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming OTTBs. I couldn't be happier with my OTTB that I got from TBA. They truly are a special breed that deserves a second chance at a new career and that's exactly what TBA does for these beautiful creatures!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thoroughbred athletes was such a blessing to me. I used to be terrified of horses but once I got a look of Lynn's horses I instantly fell in love with horses. I used to be a tad bit girly girl and didnt really enjoy the smell of a ranch, i would go to mexico at my grandpas ranch and the smell made me want to just stay inside and not go outside at all but now the aroma of the horses at thoroughbred athletes is so amune to me. My mom always asks me how I last when I clean the stalls but I tell her that I just love it there so much that I don't even think about it. I even became more hard working. In fact i love horses and the ranch so much now that my quinceñera (a Mexican tradition that we do when a girl turns 15 and "becomes a women" you make a huge event with family and friends) well it's going to be ranch themed at a ranch obviously (which isnt normal because theyre usually in the city but i love the ranch so much now that i dont care that it won't be "normal") i cant express how much I've changed as a person after volunteering at thoroughbred athletes.in the photo it should describe it a little bit (features one of my favorite horses at thoroughbred athletes) I love how much care Lynn puts into a horses health. It amazes me how much the horses improve from when they first got there. When you compare them in photos to how they are after a while at thoroughbred athletes would put you in a shock. It touches me when i go volunteer and the weather is not the best or just plain freezing in the winter and lynn is STILL there working hard, making sure her horses are fine, and seeing if everything is in check. Everyone there is always working hard and giving their free time to those horses so they can live a long healthy and happy life. Donating to thoroughbred athletes would be the best decision to ever make, trust me its just as helpful as volunteering. (Doing both would be great too)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 wonderful horses from Thoroughbred Athletes and I couldn't be happier. They do an amazing job of not only saving but healing, retraining and rehoming. Lynn is extremely knowledgeable and has a huge heart. She understands these horses better than anyone. If you are looking for a new horse, this is the place to go. I got my first horse here and I couldn't ask for a better horse.

2 Sybil2

Donor

Rating: 5

I carefully follow those involved in thoroughbred rescue, aftercare, and rehoming efforts - I am always impressed with the work of Thoroughbred Athletes, and choose them as one of the few to receive my support via donations. Lynn and TBA do an outstanding job!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This group rehabilitates, retrains, and rehomes about 50 horses each year. That is an amazing number of horses helped.

The care the horses receive while at the facility is beyond reproach.