Thursday, 9 August 2012

Newsletter 155 published - includes the new Ride Calendar

Our latest newsletter has the current draft calendar - when we say draft, that's only because we've yet to confirm a couple of the ride venues - everything else is locked in.

Our first ride of the season will be at Waitarere, always a great venue and a good one to start the season with. We'll be using a new ride base closer to the Waitarere township but we expect the course will none-the-less cover the familiar farm and forest trails, albeit coming from a different direction.

With just 6 weeks to go, we trust you're all able to get some training rides in - hard to fit around the weather and slushy ground conditions right now, but take any opportunity you can to get your horses ride ready.

We expect to have a ride flyer out before the ride, with details of the ride base. We'll keep you posted.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Updated Rules and Code of Conduct released

Following on from the remits passed at AGM, our club rules have been updated and the new version is now on the Resources page.

In conjunction with the revised rules, a new Code of Conduct has been released, setting out the expectations we have of our competitors and officials at our events and related to the business of the club.

All members and competitors should familiarise themselves with our rules and code of conduct.

Through the off-season, your committee has been working towards building a full calendar of events, and we hope to have venues and dates confirmed shortly. At present, the unreleased draft sees a late September start to a season of 12 rides using many of our old favourite venues and looking at the prosepects for some new ones - can't say more than that until the schedule has been finalised and permissions confirmed by our land owners.

At this time of year it's also timely to look at an early spring clean of our website. We're currently nearing our free storage limit in Google Sites, as the accumulation of Results, News Letters and other materials from past years is using the bulk of our 100MB allocation.

With this in mind we're in the process of migrating our past years results and newsletters to Google Docs, presently being transformed into Google Drive, and with a free allocation of 5GB (so, about 50 times our current space).

We're still looking into the best way to use the Google Docs facilities in conjunction with our website, and initially we'll store the copies of the results and newsletter files on both.
The link to current and immediate past season results will continue to point to a folder on our website. A second link to earlier years will point to a Google Drive shared folder.

You don't need a Google userid to view or download these files.

A newsletter should be out shortly and in it more details of the up-coming calendar - we trust you're all eagerly awaiting it.