Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Helen - captured moments 2006 - 2009

Helen and My Daddy's Tuff, Bright's Farm, November 2006
Helen and My Daddy's Tuff, Bright's Farm, November 2006

Helen and My Daddy's Tuff, Waitarere, January 2007
Helen and My Daddy's Tuff, Waitarere, January 2007

Helen and My Daddy's Tuff, Waitohu, March 2007
Helen and My Daddy's Tuff, Waitohu, March 2007

Helen and Evo Supremo, Karapoti, November 2007
Helen and Evo Supremo, Karapoti, November 2007

Helen and Evo Supremo, Waitarere Endurance, January 2008
Helen and Evo Supremo, Waitarere Endurance, January 2008

Helen and Evo Supremo, Tinui, September 2008
Helen and Evo Supremo, Tinui, September 2008

Helen and Evo Supremo, National Endurance Championships, Whareama, April 2009
Helen and Evo Supremo, National Endurance Championships, Whareama, April 2009

Helen and Evo Supremo, National Endurance Championships, Whareama, April 2009
Helen and Evo Supremo, National Endurance Championships, Whareama, April 2009

Helen Bain

It is with great sadness and not a little shock that we learn today of the untimely death of Helen Bain. Helen drowned on December 29 while crossing the Ruamahanga River on horseback near Masterton. Despite the heroic efforts of companions to rescue her from the river, Helen could not be revived.

Tributes to her work as a journalist have been published online in Stuff, and for her role as Communications Manager for Forest and Bird.

In the worlds of CTR and Endurance, Helen was an active member of the Wairarapa Endurance and CTR Club, a past member of WATRC, and a stalwart in the organisation of Island and National Championships events. She has done much to promote both sports by contributing pieces to various horsey magazines, and was an active and respected participant in HorseTalk forums.

Our heartfelt sympathies go to her partner, Mark, her family and friends, work colleagues, and fellow club members and competitors. We all feel her loss dearly.

Helen Bain on Evo Supremo, Karapoti, November 2007
Helen and Evo, Karapoti, November 2007

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Prize Winners from Battle Hill on Flickr

Of course some of you have already noticed the additional photos, but in case others were waiting on an announcement, this is it.

I've taken the opportunity to try something a little different with the photos page. When I look at other sites' photos pages, they generally have photos on them, and occasionally (rarely) I've included some in ours. It seemed to me that our page looked a little drab in comparison, so I've made a token effort to change the look.

The images are still hosted on Flickr, but presented on our pages. Each event will continue to have a text linked to the set, and now a "thumbnail" sized copy of the cover image for the set in its original format. The image will also link to the set in the same way as the text, so you can click either on the text or the image but the result should be the same - a new window or tab should open on the Flickr set.

For the Battle Hill prize winners spread (1st placed competitors) I've used Flickr's "small" image size, but in these cases the underlying link is to the image in its place in the photostream. You can navigate to the set within Flickr quite easily. It was the lift these images gave the page that made me think about doing something similar for the other events, but I'm conscious of the impact the increased data transfer may have on dial-up and rural users, so I won't take it much further than I have.

Anyway, photos-wise, that's a wrap for this calendar year. We're just waiting now to add the published results from Battle Hill to the site, and we can take a break for Xmas.

On that note, we wish you a safe and happy Xmas and New Year, and look forward to seeing you all back at Manukau Dairy Farm in January.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Battle Hill Ride photos uploading

Once again this will be an over-night upload with finishing applied to the set on Tuesday. Just the ride photos to start with - over the next day or two I'll go through the prize winners shots and select from those for another smaller set and a small photos page spread.

The set can be viewed from link on the club photo page or directly