Cel­e­brat­ing our bush past

North East Tourist News - - Corryong -

THUN­DER­ING hooves and stock­whips now not only wake the echos in the foothills of the Snowy Moun­tains, down Cor­ry­ong way, but also this year shat­tered the peace and quiet of Aus­tralia’s great­est equine expo at Equitana in Syd­ney in Novem­ber.

Pre­sent­ing a fast for­ward ver­sion the renowned Man From Snowy River “Le­gends” Chal­lenge, 10 teams of two pre­sented a fan­tas­tic “coun­try meets city” ver­sion of the chal­lenge.

Mean­while back in the moun­tains, prepa­ra­tions con­tinue to cel­e­brate two very sig­nif­i­cant dates in 2014 - not only 100 years since the death of Jack Ri­ley but also the 150th Birth­day of Banjo Pater­son, the event that brings th­ese two names to­gether is the Man From Snowy River Bush Fes­ti­val.

From the dust bust­ing ac­tion of the re-en­act­ment of Banjo’s fa­mous poem, the Rodeo, unique qual­ity horse­man­ship or the side bust­ing laugh­ter at the Bush Po­ets, or bend­ing your el­bow at the bar and hav­ing a dance with your best mate to the coun­try rock bands, there is plenty of fun to be had.

The Man From Snowy River Reen­act­ment kicks off the fes­ti­val in a cloud of dust and nail bit­ing ac­tion, the rough ter­rain is in­dica­tive of the im­agery rep­re­sented in Banjo Pater­son’s fa­mous poem ‘The Man from Snowy River’.

When it comes to the test of out­stand­ing, con­sis­tent all round horse­man­ship, the Man From Snowy River Chal­lenge is sec­ond to none.

See the Work­ing Cat­tle Dog Cham­pi­onships, where top work­ing dog train­ers do their best to show off the skills of th­ese amaz­ing cat­tle dogs.

At the Aussie Bush Idol Com­pe­ti­tion, you can tune your vo­cals and your gui­tar to win cash, gui­tars and the op­por­tu­nity to per­form at the Coun­try Rock Con­cert on the Main Stage on Satur­day night.

Fri­day night’s Open Rodeo is full of bone jar­ring ex­cite­ment in the Bull and Bronc Rid­ing Spec­tac­u­lar.

Dur­ing the High Coun­try Sta­tion Team Muster, a fast for­ward day on the farm, you get out of bed, roll the swag, light the fire, eat your breaky, muster the sheep, fenc­ing, on your bike and deal with what­ever comes up.

Or you can learn more about equine skills at the Equine Ed­u­ca­tional Arena, from horse den­tistry to chi­ro­prac­tors, how to prep a chal­lenge horse, pack sad­dles, sad­dle fit­ting and more.

The Man From Snowy River Bush Fes­ti­val takes place from April 3-6 in Cor­ry­ong.

Photo:tom­de­nahy

GO­ING BUSH: The Man From Snowy River Fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of bush tra­di­tions.

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