Hannah Bates Memorial Buckle Series complete after Sunday’s final barrel race

pictured L-R: Sonya Bates, Jayclyn Nail, Nathan Morrow and Lionel Bates (Martha Needham for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Hannah Bates Memorial Buckle Series, hosted by the South Cullman Saddle Club, finished its final barrel race Sunday and Nathan Morrow went home with the 1D and 2D Buckles and the prized saddle. The series was held in memory of Hannah Bates, a Cullman High School graduate who was tragically killed on Feb. 24, 2018 in an ATV accident at Stoney Lonesome OHV Park.

The barrel series has been one of several events put on to raise funds for the Hannah Bates Memorial Scholarship at Wallace State. Hannah’s parents and one of her close friends Jayclyn Nail, organized the buckle series fundraiser and the inaugural Hannah Bates Memorial Fishing Tournament in August 2018. Nail also took home the 3D buckle in Sunday’s final barrel race.

Nail has been very excited to be part of these events, knowing that they are keeping Hannah’s memory alive doing what she loved to do. 

“The memorial series was brought about to bring the community together in honor and memory of Hannah. She absolutely loved horses. She always wanted to run barrels growing up and loved riding horses around the house with us. She was killed on Feb. 24, 2018 in an ATV accident and we have been working hard to keep her memory alive,” Nail said. “This series has been so amazing for all of us, seeing people come together in memory of her and support us and her memorial scholarship. All proceeds are donated to the scholarship fund at Wallace state community college.”

To donate to the Hannah Bates Memorial Scholarship you can visit wsccalumni.org/hannahbates or call (256) 352-8144.

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