January 3, 2008

Applications are now open for organisers of horse events in the performance and pleasure horse sectors of Queensland.

Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries chief inspector of stock Dr Allison Crook said event organisers are required to thoroughly read the detailed protocol for holding events as they related to the green, red and amber zones before submitting a preliminary application.

"The new event protocol for performance and pleasure horse sectors has strict requirements placed on the event organiser to ensure minimum standards are met for nomination, biosecurity plans, and contingency plans to handle a case of respiratory illness in one or more horses.

"Event organisers in the red zone also have the option to apply to hold a 'district' event," she said.

"This is a major step forward to helping those organisers that plan to hold an event in early 2008.

"They can determine their requirements to meet the protocols, and if event is approved by the DPI&F, they commence advertising for nominations," she said.

The protocols for holding an event in the red, green and amber zones, as well as the application form for events in the performance and pleasure horse sectors, are available from the department's equine influenza website at www.dpi.qld.gov.au.