For Immediate Release

Kildare Company Named Ireland’s Outstanding Small Business in 2022 in Small Firm Association Business Awards

Dublin, April 15th 2022 – Kildare based company Equine MediRecord has been named Ireland’s Outstanding Small Business in the 2022 Small Firms Association (SFA) National Small Business Awards.

Equine MediRecord is a global leader in developing solutions to help ensure equine welfare and anti-doping compliance. The Equine MediRecord platform allows for the full veterinary history of the horse and all required compliance documentation to be recorded securely, ensuring the best possible horse welfare, as well as aiding with crucial anti-doping procedures. In addition, the platform will provide all breeders, owners, trainers and vets, a system to comply with the latest anti-doping and animal welfare measures.

(Left to right) Graham Byrne, Chair of the SFA, Shane Heraty, Managing Director Scotland & Ireland at Cisco, Pierce Dargan, Equine MediRecord Chief Executive Officer, Finlay Dargan, Chief Operating Officer Equine MediRecord, Sven Spollen-Behrens, Director of the SFA

The company has been able to gain substantial international traction over the past number of years with clients who include some of the largest brands in the equine industry such as the Breeders Cup World Championships, The Pegasus World Cup, The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, the Irish Veterinary and Welfare Commission and the Arabian Racing Organisation. 


The company was one of 42 finalists selected for the awards which were divided into a broad range of categories, now in their 18th year, which celebrate the achievements of small businesses in Ireland, from hundreds of applications. 


Pierce Dargan, Chief Executive Officer of Equine MediRecord, said “it is amazing to be named as Ireland’s Outstanding Small Business in 2022 by the SFA with so many great finalists. I want to say a huge thank you to our team and everyone who has helped us develop our platforms and supported us to get to where we are today. The whole team are very grateful and excited about some new projects that we will be announcing soon to grow our business further and help people in the equine industry ensure they are complying with the latest animal welfare and anti doping regulations and protocols.”

Contact: Pierce Dargan

Chief Executive Officer

Equine MediRecord

[email protected]

Contact: Sven Spollen-Behrens


Small Firms Association

[email protected]

About EMR

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


About Small Firms Association

The Small Firms Association is recognised by decision makers as the “Voice of Small Business” in Ireland, proudly representing small businesses with 50 or less employees, spanning every sector of our economy. We leverage this influence, along with our parent organisation, Ibec, to ensure the best deal for small business. Our members are found in every town and every city in Ireland, and our vision is that Ireland will be the most vibrant small business community in the world – supporting entrepreneurship, valuing small businesses and rewarding risk takers.


Our mission is to be the trusted partner of small business in Ireland, to deliver business-focused advice and insights to member companies, influence government policy to the benefit of small businesses and connect our members in a thriving community. It is also our mission to ensure that the Government, the opposition parties, the civil service and the general public realise the importance of the small business sector and the critical need to ensure the broader economic environment is conducive to your continued survival and growth.


We regularly meet with Government Ministers directly on particular issues of concern, we make submissions to Government Departments, we give evidence before Joint Oireachtas Committees and lobby influencers across the spectrum. The SFA conduct hundreds of TV, radio and print media interviews annually.


We are members of the European Representative organisation for business, BusinessEurope, and engage actively with their lobbying agenda in the EU.

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