Driving out of the Snowy Region, you pass through Cooryong. This is the region where Banjo Patterson’s famous poem ‘The Man from Snowy River’ is written about. There are different versions who Banjo Patterson was writing about, yet Jack Riley is supposedly the most obvious person.
The annual ‘The Man from Snowy River’ Bush Festival is a big event beginning 31st March to 3rd April, 2016.
With a ‘The Man from Snowy River’ re-enactment including ‘Riley’s Ride’ 28th March to 1st April. Each year prior to the Festival, horse riders set out on a four day trail ride through breathtaking scenery which lent poetic inspiration to Banjo Paterson. Known as ‘Riley’s Ride’ the event is an essential element of the Bush Festival. It traces the last journey of legendary Upper Murray Stockman, Jack Riley who met Banjo Paterson in 1890 and is locally regarded as the inspiration for Paterson ‘s famous ballad, “The Man from Snowy River”.
‘The Challenge’ The Man from Snowy River Challenge is the showcase event of the Festival, which endeavors to find the modern day Man from Snowy River. When it comes to the test of good all round horsemanship the Man from Snowy River Challenge, is second to none.
Other events include Clancy’s Whip Crack, Banjo’s Bareback, Jimmy Scammell Horseshoeing, Dog Trials, Rodeos, Station Team Musters and many more…
Cooryong is a small township steeped in history. The local museum is filled with artefacts from the period. I LOVE museums like this, the items are raw and real, rather than being perfectly polished and sanitised which looses their connection with a person.
The items have been ‘donated’ from the locals and labelled with their name and dates. You can see and smell their age.