WE WERE THERE: Pandemic and panic raced into town
IT WAS the pandemic that hit our horsepower town hard.
In 2007, when equine influenza broke out at Morgan Park, the Rose City made national headlines for all the wrong reasons.
It began with a handful of horses being tested positive for the virus and ended up crippling the local equine industry.
Horses and their owners were locked down in Morgan Park, studs were shut off from the outside world, events were cancelled and panic and frustration ensued.
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie travelled to Morgan Park and met with families stuck in quarantine with their horses.
"It's a national crisis and when it's all done I want to find out how it (EI) got here," he said.
In the years following the crisis, stud owners and breeders launched a class action - led by locals.