The first annual Bobby E. Hatton Memorial Trail Ride will benefit the family of Bobby Hatton, a longtime Coal County deputy and undersheriff. He unexpectedly fell ill and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in February, and he passed away March 31.

Riding his horse, Joe, was something Bobby loved to do, and he enjoyed gathering with his friends for trail riding. Saturday’s trail ride is a benefit to help Bobby’s family with bills incurred during his illness. The ride, meal and camping will be by donation only.

The Henrys, longtime friends and trail partners of the Hattons, are planning to host this ride annually at Dunbroke Farm headquarters in Lula. In the future, a scholarship fund will be established to assist high school graduates wishing to attend college and eventually obtain a job in some branch of law enforcement.

Dunbroke Farm headquarters is located one-half mile west of the Lula Volunteer Fire Department. The gate will open at 11 a.m., and the ride will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Hot dogs and hot links will be served at 5:30 p.m. and there will be auction items for sale at 6 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Mike Beagles. There will be primitive camping available Saturday night after the ride. Bring your lawn chair, sunscreen and bug repellent.

Everyone is invited to attend this event and show up for some or all of the fun. Those who don’t have horses can still enjoy the cookout, auction, music and camping portion of the event. If any individual or business would like to donate items for the auction, that would be most appreciated.

For more information and to donate items, contact Philip Henry at (580) 399-9740.  

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.