See Me, For Me: Flynn

A Main Stay adaptive rider on their horse during a lesson


If Flynn could travel anywhere in the world, it would be Los Angeles because, as he puts it, “that’s where all the stars are.” With his impeccable sense of style and unmistakable swagger, Flynn is a star in his own right. However, it’s Flynn’s fierce independence that allows his light to shine brighter than any star in Hollywood.

Flynn has been riding at Main Stay for 24 years and currently rides the biggest horse in the herd, King, a 1900 lb. Percheron gelding. Although King’s immense size might intimidate most, it has the opposite effect on Flynn. In fact, despite King’s almost 6-foot stature, Flynn effortlessly manages to tack and untack his horse, eagerly anticipating his weekly rides at the farm. Flynn’s independence comes as no surprise to Roxie, Main Stay’s equine manager, who has known him for 21 years. She says, “From being a young boy who always wanted his dad to watch him ride, to a young man who started making his own choices and becoming independent in his life, he has always seemed to shine at Main Stay, whether riding or just being part of the team.”

Flynn’s independence extends beyond Main Stay, though. One thing Flynn is very proud of is how he prepares for Pioneer Center each day independently. At home, he actively helps with chores and ensures his laundry is put away. He has also participated in the Special Olympics, winning many medals throughout the years.

If you ever come across Flynn at the farm and find yourself unsure about how to approach him, a simple smile is all it takes to connect with this shining star.

Q&A With Flynn

*These answers are provided by Flynn’s mom and dad. They interviewed Flynn and interpreted his answers. Flynn is 28 and speaks, but it can be difficult to understand his speech.*

How long have you been riding at Main Stay?
24 years.

What do you look forward to most when coming to Main Stay?
Getting to see King, the horse he rides.

Is there a goal you want to accomplish at Main Stay?
Being able to get King to go fast (trot)

What is one thing you wish people knew about you?
I am smart and helpful. I like to help. I am a man.

What frustrates you the most?
This was a hard question for Flynn to answer. We tried asking him several times in several ways. We narrowed it down to when people ignore him. He likes a simple look and a smile.

Do you have a favorite hobby? If so, what?
Flynn loves to watch WWE and play WWE on his Play Station, and follow WWE on Social Media.

What is something you are very proud of?
Flynn is proud of how he prepares for Pioneer each day independently.

If you could have any superhero power what would it be & why?
Flynn would be super fast and he could clean things faster and put away his laundry faster, and put away the dishes faster.

What makes you happy?
Mom makes Flynn happy because she takes care of him. They have fun together.

What is something you can’t live without?
Flynn would have a hard time without his music on his iPod and his headphones.
What is something you are really good at? Choosing what to wear. Flynn has a great sense of style.

Who is someone you look up to and why?
Flynn looks up to his brothers because they are nice and they “get” Flynn.

If you could travel any place in the world where would it be & why?
Los Angeles, because that’s where all the stars are.

What is something unique about you?
Animals love Flynn. His cats love him and fall asleep with him in his bed every night.

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