California Horse Racing Industry Backs Equine Welfare Innovator

Golden State the latest to endorse global leader, Equine MediRecord

21 August 2020, Ireland ~ Horse racing in California has been under significant scrutiny in recent years, but industry leaders have embraced sweeping reforms – the most recent of which sees Irish-based Equine MediRecord (EMR) provide its revolutionary anti-doping and horse welfare software to thoroughbred owners on the West Coast.

The deal is the latest notch in the belt of a company which launched its system just two years ago but has already amassed an impressive list of clients including the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Arabian Racing Organisation (UK), and the Irish Veterinary and Welfare Commission.

The company sells and maintains a revolutionary mobile application, website and drug database to allow proper, timely recording of the many medicines and vaccinations that are routinely administered. This system allows for the full veterinary history of the horse to be recorded securely, ensuring the best possible horse welfare as well as aid with crucial anti-doping procedures.

“I was impressed with EMR’s system,” commented Executive Director of the California Horse Racing Board, Scott Chaney. “Equine medical records are digitized and recorded on a mobile and web-based application used by trainers or their vets.

Once records are entered into the system they cannot be altered, providing integrity and transparency for all concerned.

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) have unanimously agreed to support the set-up and implementation of the system. A spokesperson explained that “as governmental regulations become more strict, Equine MediRecord makes following the regulations easier and less costly.”

However, it’s not just about satisfying regulations – the system automatically calculates such things as when the next required vaccination is due and sends a series of reminders to customers. In fact, using the system has proven to reduce time spent on regulatory documentation by 50% and ensure complete compliance when inspected by regulators.

Equine Medirecord CEO, Pierce Dargan, is understandably thrilled with the latest news. He said:

“We have been very impressed with the desire and determination to promote transparency and equine welfare, not just by the Thoroughbred Owners of California but also the equine community of California as a whole. We feel our system can play a role in the movement to help ensure that our children will be able to enjoy horse racing the way we have for generations – to be a part of that work is very exciting.”

At a time when horse welfare and sport integrity are firmly under the microscope, this Irish innovation could not have arrived at a better time.

About Equine MediRecord

Equine MediRecord is the global leader in equine anti-doping and horse welfare software. It operates currently in Ireland, the UK, France and the USA. It recently partnered with the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) in the UK to make the ARO the first in Europe and second in the world to mandate electronic medical records be kept by their registered trainers. It then partnered with the Irish Veterinary Welfare Commission to make Irish Standardbred horses the first in the world to mandate medical records digitised not only for horses in training but for breeding stock as well. Equine MediRecord is based out of the Curragh, County Kildare, and in 2019 won the Irish Midlands Best Startup Award.

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