Thoroughbred Athletes

Elle’s Bay, an earner of $37,000 in 16 starts, and adopter Alexis Lind have begun an amazing journey together, winning Beginner Novice at the Holly Hill Horse Trials and scoring a 26 on his dressage test at the Texas Rose Horse Park schooling Horse Trials. Photo Credit: JJ Sillman Photography
  • Services

    Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

  • Location

    Guthrie, Oklahoma

  • Founded


  • Average Number of Thoroughbreds


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 400 horses have been part of the program and more than 300 have been adopted.

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 has also 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 through 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 quarterly.

Thoroughbred Athletes mentors community youth by offering supervised learning opportunities. Additionally, a horsemanship program is available for everyone apart of the organization.

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, receiving gold status from GuideStar, and earning accreditation from Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

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