Horse Event Information and Registration
Organisers of horse gathering should consider implementing good horse health practices to reduce the risks of spreading contagious diseases. Best practice includes procedures for the registration and traceability of horses in attendance.
An event can be defined as a gathering of ten or more horses, or any number of horses from three or more properties, where the horses are moved to an event location and back to their premises of origin. This includes horse sales, pony club and riding club rallies, private clinics, group lessons and competition events.
If you suspect that a horse in attendance is showing signs consistent with notifiable disease you should contact your local vet and Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). DEDJTR has local offices across Victoria, or can be contacted through the 24 hour Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.
Developing a contingency plan will help you understand what's required should an emergency or exotic disease suspect case arise at the event which as for EI may result in another standstill.
Keeping in mind that no horses, and possibly vehicles, would be allowed to leave the venue during this time, questions you should ask when developing your contingency plan include:
- Are there enough yards to hold the horses for minimum of 48 hours?
- Can enough horse food be brought in for the horses?
- Can competitors be accommodated at short notice (amenities, food and water, beds)?
- Will there be a vet on call or will a local vet be notified of the event?
- What biosecurity measures would be put in place?
DEDJTR has revised the Biosecurity Guidelines and Best Health Practice for Holding Equestrian Activities.
The guidelines give all stakeholders practical information on how to manage their equestrian activities during this low-risk period, with a focus on tracing the origins and destinations of horses.
DEDJTR Customer Service Centre: 136 186
24 hour Emergency Animal Disease Hotline: 1800 675 888
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