I went to St. Lucia with a friend in January. My friend wasn't into horseback riding so I planned to go by myself. At the last minute after reading reviews, I cancelled my reservations with Trim's Stables and called Bano. He was able to accomodate my request to go riding for 4 hours that same day. It ended up just being Bano and I. I had a magical day riding on the beach, drinking rum punch at Iree Bar, and having an awesome lunch on the Atlantic side. Bano took my expensive camera for me and clicked away all day, amounting to probably 300 pictures. He is excellent at instructing you what to do if you're not an experienced rider. And if you are experienced, he will gladly let you ride to your heart's content. Anyways, my traveling buddy had to leave 3 or 4 days before me. So I ended up spending the rest of my solo vacation with Bano, his son Lyndon, and the rest of the Island Riders group of guys. We rode all over the island, went to the street party, hung out at Iree bar and drank rum punch, and just enjoyed each other's company. I've done a lot of traveling over the past year. Leaving St. Lucia was the hardest of all. I fell in love with the people and the island. Bano is an incredibly horseman, who knows each of his twenty-some horses very well. I can't say enough about how respectable he is when it comes to his horses. He loves them all very much. He makes sure the younger kids that work with him treat the horses well, and is always teaching them about being responsible horsemen themselves. I miss Bano and still keep in touch with him to this day, 4 months later. I hope with all my heart I can go back to St. Lucia in the next couple years.
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