Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption
Location: Guthrie, OK
Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 50
Established in 2011 by former racehorse trainer Lynn Sullivan, Thoroughbred Athletes is a Thoroughbred retraining facility for both donated and rescued horses.
Since its inception, more than 170 horses have been part of the program, and more than 150 have been adopted into new homes.
Many Thoroughbred Athletes “graduates” are successfully competing at high levels in a variety of disciplines. They are known for being tough, athletic, willing, and always ready to move forward. A number have been adopted as pleasure horses and are proving to be eager trail mounts.
Thoroughbred Athletes also has been successful at finding pet or companion homes for horses not sound enough to be ridden. The organization’s Facebook page is full of photos from proud and loving owners. Thoroughbred Athletes is proving that retired racehorses are capable of success at a variety of tasks. The organization is a leader in expanding the demand for ex-racehorses by virtue of its very successful adoption program as well as hosting multiple well-attended horse shows, which provide a venue for showing off the skills of their graduates.
Thoroughbred Athletes is staffed by a group of dedicated, hardworking volunteers. The board of directors is a diverse group that meets monthly.
Thoroughbred Athletes mentors community youth by offering supervised learning opportunities. Additionally, a “work-to-ride” program for horse-savvy adults is available.
Thoroughbred Athletes is recognized as a top charitable organization, having been honored with the Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits as well as being endorsed by GiveSmart Oklahoma and receiving gold status from GuideStar.
Photo: Arden Moad