Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We Welcome South Florida Equestrian Center!

This weekend we are thrilled to be hosting 8 riders from South Florida Equestrian Center as part of our 2010/2011 International Exchange! The riders fly in Thursday night and will be staying until Monday afternoon. They will be taking part in riding lessons at our home farm each day, and staying with volunteer host families each night. We also have planned a trip to Port Stanley for lunch to see the lake, a riding/reining demonstration in Granton, a daytrip to Niagara Falls and of course a meal or two at Tim Horton's!
The second leg of the exchange will take place during March Break 2011 when we fly to Fort Myers, Florida to reunite with our guests for a week of riding in the sunshine!

A huge thank you to our host families for opening up their homes for 4 days.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Scheduling for June/July

As many of you know, last week I was diagnosed with a melanoma on my left calf. My appointment today with the plastic surgeon confirmed that I will need to have a border of tissue removed from around the original incision. The good news was that the melanoma seems to have been caught in the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and there isn't any worry at this point that it has spread to the dermis, the muscle/fat or the lymph nodes. The rest of the cancerous cells will be removed along with a 5mm border of healthy tissue.
The surgery is booked for Wednesday, June 30th.
I should be able to walk and stand to teach lessons regularly by Monday of the following week. Nicole will be available to teach the regularly scheduled lessons on Wednesday, June 30th, Thursday, July 1st and Friday, July 2nd as discussed.
Thanks for your understanding and flexibility with all of this. If you are concerned, or interested in finding out more about melanomas and skin cancers my doctor recommended
Thanks again and please contact me with any further questions,