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INVERCARGILL rider Anne-Marie Flynn’s legacy to riding will live on.
Despite a riding accident in October 2003 when she fell off her horse, broke her back and became a tetraplegic, Ms Flynn continued to instruct many up-and-coming young riders and assisted at Southland Riding for the Disabled for several years.
Just before her death this month, she gave her pony Sparky to Southland RDA on long-term loan to help others in the community with disabilities, her good friend Amy Hackett said.
Ms Hackett said her own daughter Millie had been a student of Ms Flynn’s for two years and she had learnt a lot in that time.
‘‘Anne-Marie saw the potential in people and in horses too. But she would also help anyone. We were very lucky to have met her.’’
Ms Flynn (60), was one of two admired Southlanders to die this month. The other was Peter Ridsdale (54), long-serving executive general manager of the Ascot Park Hotel and instigator of the Dog Island conservation and tourism project, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease almost 18 months ago.
About 500-550 people gathered at Ascot Park last Thursday to remember an affable family man who loved his work, loved people, and loved the outdoors.

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