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Current confirmed Hendra virus cases

There are currently no confirmed cases of Hendra virus.

Alerts are distributed to the subscribers of HOSS immediately upon issue/receipt.  Register today to make sure you get these alerts too.

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The role of the QHC is to support the long-term viability and health of the Queensland horse industry.  We strive to be effective in providing representation across the entire Queensland horse community and are respected by and influential with governments, the horse industry and the general community.

The Queensland Horse Council is a non-profit association, run BY Queensland’s horse industry FOR Queensland’s horse industry.  We are NOT a government organisation, we rely solely on memberships, sponsorships, grants and donations for our funding.

Please show your support for Queensland's Horse Industry by becoming a member.

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Horse Owners Signal System (HOSS)

An important role of the Queensland Horse Council Inc is to act as a centre for collection and distribution of factual and balanced information for the horse community.  One of the critical tools we use for disseminating information is Horse Owners Signal System or HOSS for short.

HOSS is Queensland's own emergency contact database.

Register today to receive email notifications directly about such important issues as equine related disease alerts and other horse related issues affecting Queenslanders. 

Registering is simple and it's FREE!

Simply fill out the registration form at the top of this page to receive alerts about horse related issues that affect YOU.



Sponsor Spotlight

DRT Logistics have very generously sponsored the QHC Large Animal Rescue awareness course in Werribee Victoria by transporting our life-size rescue training mannequin HOSS for us. 

2014 QHC Large Animal Rescue Roadshow

Did you know that surveys indicate that 83% of people admit they would risk their own lives to save their animals?

But a trapped horse can kill you!

The QHC Large Animal Rescue Roadshow initiative has been developed in order to educate horse owners, veterinarians, RSPCA inspectors, local government animal control rangers and emergency responders on safe large animal rescue techniques.

Would you like to:

  • LEARN what you should and should not do in an emergency

  • PREVENT your horse from being strangled, drowned, dropped or severely injured by unsafe rescue techniques

  • AVOID becoming a statistic.

If so, why not contact us to arrange a Large Animal Rescue Awareness education day in your area.  

Click here for more information on Large Animal Rescue, find out what we did in the 2013 QHC Large Animal Rescue Roadshow and email to register your interest in this years Roadshow.


Latest news

Only a couple of weeks remain for producers, landowners and the community to have their say on proposed changes to biosecurity regulations for Queensland.
As you may be aware, the Australian Horse Industry Council is keen to obtain more information about our industry to help provide some raw data which can be used in lobbying. 
The QHTWG & QORF are seeking interested and proactive individuals to act as volunteer regional trail coordinators to manage local stakeholders and work with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers to implement the QPWS Strategic Framework for Horse Riding in Queensland’s Parks and Forests.
The property in the Gladstone area where a horse was confirmed to be infected with Hendra virus in July has been released from quarantine.
Queensland families can now enjoy 16km of new multi-use trails at Wivenhoe Hill overlooking Wivenhoe Dam, as a result of the recreation review of South East Queensland lakes and catchments.
The Queensland Horse Trails Working Group (QHTWG) comprising the Queensland Horse Council Council (QHC), Australian Trail Horse Riders Association (ATHRA), Queensland Endurance Riders Association  (QERA), Trail Riding Australia (TRA), Bicentennial National Trail (BNT), Equestrian Eco-tourism and Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF), have been working with the Queensland Government and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to re-open horse riding trails in select national parks.