HIGH COUNTRY HARVEST: Ride for a sip, chew and view

A SUIT and tie was swapped for a checked shirt and Akubra yesterday as the member for Murray Valley Tim McCurdy saddled up to launch the High Country Harvest event.

And while he needed a leg-up from a milk crate, that did not stop him enjoying what the North East Victorian region had to offer.

Mr McCurdy, who is also the parliamentary secretary for tourism and trade, rode a horse on Graham and Anne-Maree Forge’s property at Oxley and rediscovered the art of horse packing.

“The High Country Harvest brings some of those traditional values back,” Mr McCurdy said.

“As we move into a modern generation, it’s terrific we still recognise and remember and people still want to enjoy those past times.”

“Packing Prosecco” is an addition to the High Country Harvest program this year — people can fill their horse packs with wine and canapes for a King River ride.

“You can’t beat a wander down to the river where you can enjoy a picnic and a couple of bottles of white and red,” Mr McCurdy said.

He is expecting the event to attract interstate visitors.

“People are out enjoying what our region has to offer and are discovering the hidden secrets,” Mr McCurdy said.

The event will run until May 25.

Visit http://www.highcountryharvest.com.au/ for details on events.