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First Dabble in a Derby Earns Michael Tokaruk & Trademark Darmanville a 100 Handy Score

Sometimes it can feel hard to stand out in the hunter ring, but a beautiful, black horse and a 100 score in the handy is a good way to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Michael Tokaruk had a fantastic showing at HIPICO Santa Fe Summer’s Fiesta Week, winning the $1,000 Professional Equitation Class with Vulkano’s Boy and topping a field of 19 in the $10,000 USHJA International Derby with Trademark Darmanville. All of that would be exciting enough on its own, but the derby win brought a few bonus firsts along as well. It was Trademark Darmanville’s first derby ever, and handy scores of 96 and 100 earned Michael his first 100.

Interview with top placing horse show contestant. Published online at The Plaid Horse blog. Read entire article.