An Epic Trail Ride through the Snowy Mountains

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Since 1989 people from far and wide who share a love of the Australian bush and spectacular mountain scenery have come together for Riley’s ride.
It is a challenging and character-building experience where life-long friendships are forged.


Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April

Event Details

This highly acclaimed trail ride commemorates Jack Riley’s life and the part he played in the early days of the district. The ride traces the last journey of this legendary Upper Murray stockman. Jack met Banjo Paterson in 1890 when he reputedly became part of the inspiration which led to the penning of “The Man From Snowy River”, Banjo Paterson’s epic ballad.

Our four day trail-ride covers mountainous terrain with several very steep climbs and descents. Riders and their horses should have a good level of fitness and be well prepared to limit the chance of injury.

Traveling through remote and difficult to access areas, only reached by horse or foot, is just part of the adventure. Current ambulance cover is mandatory.

On average we travel 30kms a day, that’s between 5 to 8 hours in the saddle each day. Riders break into groups of about 8 horses for most stages of the ride.

Non riders can also enjoy the experience as a Rider’s support crew.

Please see information sheet here:

Rileys Ride Info Sheet – MUST READ


8th April – 12th April 2024


All positions for Riley’s Ride 2024 have been filled. To book a place on Riley’s Ride 2025 you must register at the 2024 Festival. Please attend the Riley’s Ride Information Session which will be advertised on our Facebook page prior. Bookings and deposits are taken from 7:30am on Sunday 14th April. Bookings are strictly limited.

Event Manager

Kerryn Jackson
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