The equine industry remains at a standstill in Australia as the equine influenza outbreak continues. As of September 19 more than 1,400 premises were infected in New South Wales and Queensland.
The flu outbreak lead the Equestrian Federation of Australia to cancel the Adelaide CCI****, which was supposed to run Nov. 9-11. Many of the potential entries for the four-star are either infected or unable to properly prepare because of movement restrictions.
Other canceled events include the Horseland EFA Australian Dressage Championships CDI-W, the EFA National Vaulting Championships and the FEI World Jumping Challenge.
Australian authorities are trying to contain the virus with a combination of vaccination and quarantine. Zones have been set up to delineate what equine movement is allowed in each area. Strict movement control is in place around the infected areas.
The cost of the outbreak has been estimated at as much as $1 billion.