Cork, Ireland (April 19th, 2023) – The Ballindenisk International based in Watergrasshill county Cork has partnered with Kildare-based Equine MediRecord to deploy their revolutionary software platform for all the horses taking part in this year’s event. This will include a new version of the Equine MediRecord platform to help all the horses and athletes competing at the event to comply with heighted bio-security rules for this year’s event where horses’ information will be checked in advance of the horses arriving at the event instead of once they have already arrived at Ballindenisk.
Nicola Wilson with Bulana (GBR) Winner: CCI3* - S Ballindenisk International 2019
Having vaccine and other records submitted in advance of the horses entering the event grounds helps to ensure the biosecurity of the event. There have been a number of outbreaks of equine diseases at European equine events over the past number of years which could be reduced by having the records inspected in advance.
The platform will support the highly prestigious Ballindenisk Spring International. The Ballindenisk Spring International is the first international event on the Irish Eventing Calendar and with the upcoming Senior European Championships taking place later this year, Ballindenisk will provide one of a small number of qualifying events. For this reason, they expect to have some of the world’s top competitors arriving at the venue.
The Equine MediRecord platform allows for the full veterinary history of the horse to be recorded securely, ensuring the best possible horse welfare as well as aiding with crucial biosecurity procedures. This platform will provide all entrants, trainers and vets, a system to comply with the latest biosecurity measures. This will allow all this information to be collected digitally. Integrity of this information will be ensured using the Equine MediRecord system and its algorithms which will guarantee the compliance for all horses who participate before they step off their trailers in Ballindenisk, ensuring the best equine biosecurity.
Equine MediRecord’s platform has seen extensive international traction after its launch only a number of years ago having already amassed an impressive list of clients and users including the Maryland 5 Star, The Saudi Cup, Thoroughbred Owners of California, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, the Arabian Racing Organisation, Pegasus World Cup, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Last year Equine MediRecord received a multi-million euro investment from Merits Holdings to become part of their Business Infusions group, the largest equine veterinary software group in the world.
The company sells and maintains a revolutionary software platform which allows for the full veterinary history of the horse to be recorded securely, ensuring the best possible horse welfare as well as aiding with crucial anti-doping and biosecurity procedures. The new system EMR that has been developed for the Ballindenisk International which will automatically inform competing athletes from across Europe of the biosecurity protocols that need to be followed and what documents need to be submitted through the system to allow horses to compete at this year’s Ballindenisk International.
Peter Fell, Owner and Chief Executive of the Ballindenisk International said “We are delighted to have Equine MediRecord come on board as a partner for our event. This system will give our competitors great peace of mind knowing that their horses have the vaccinations permissible for entry to the event, before they even leave home. This should also allow a smooth entry onsite at our venue. Equine MediRecord is leading the way in biosecurity and we hope this will be the start of a much greater thing in Irish Eventing.
Pierce Dargan, Chief Executive Officer of Equine MediRecord said “We are thrilled about our partnership with the Ballindenisk International. We are excited to deploy this new version of our Equine MediRecord system with Ballindenisk International’s support. We have seen athletes being wary of entering events due to biosecurity concerns. We hope that Ballindenisk leadership in this area will drive adoption of our system by more equine events in Ireland and Europe who want to ensure the best equine biosecurity protocols are being followed at their events.”
For more on Equine MediRecord, visit www.equinemedirecord.com.
Equine MediRecord (EMR) develops, sells and maintains the first software platform to be approved to replace the paper regulatory documentation that is required to be kept by horse farms to ensure equine welfare & anti-doping regulations are followed. The EMR platform has been approved by the relevant government departments and currently operates in Ireland, U.K. , France, Saudi Arabia and USA. EMR has amassed clients such as Arabian Racing Organisation, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA), Thoroughbred Owners of California, Breeders Cup World Championships, Maryland 5 Star, Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia and 1S/T Racing for American Classic Preakness Stakes and Pegasus World Cup. EMR secured an 8 figure investment from Merit Holdings and joined their Business Infusions Group in 2022
Ballindenisk is an equestrian competition venue in Watergrasshill Co. Cork, Ireland and the home of the Fell family. Catering for all levels and all types of equestrian competitions, specialising in Eventing.
Horse Trials or ‘Eventing’ as it is also known, has its roots in the Military and dates back to the early part of the 20th century when the competition was developed to reflect the varied roles of the cavalry horse and provide a challenge for the horse and rider during the times of peace.
The first competition staged at Ballindenisk was in 1926, when the first Point to Point was run across the banks, the main avenue crossing still uses one of these beautiful old Irish racing banks.
Eventing first started at Ballindenisk in 1974 under the guidance of Norman van de Vater, International Events run twice a year, in April and September.
There have been numerous Equestrian Competitions held at Ballindenisk including:
Eventing (started in 1974) – CCI***/**/*, World Cup Qualifier, CIC***/**/*, all levels of National Competitions
Point to Point (started in 1926) – Originally over banks and then brush fences
Pony Club – National Event Championships, National Tethrathalon Championships, National Hunter Trials Championships
Show Jumping – Watergrasshill Show Jumping gymkhanas 1950-1960, Whites Cross Charity Show, Cork and Kerry Show
Polo Cross – Tri Nation International Polo Cross, Cork Polo Cross Club National Competitions
Riding Club – Regional Festival, One Day Event Qualifier
Irish Pony Society – Cork Area Irish Pony Society Show
International Student Rider Competitions – Student Riders Nations Cup 1997-2002, 2005 & 2009
Carriage Driving – National Carriage Driving Championships 1978
Polo – Started in Ballindenisk in 2016