Amy Doris Bell Dies

The AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder, American Quarter Horse Foundation ambassador and longtime AQHA competitor died May 16.

National Reined Cow Horse Association, The American Quarter Horse Journal

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any gifts be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation. (Credit: courtesy of NRCHA)

Amy Doris Bell, AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder, American Quarter Horse Foundation ambassador and longtime AQHA competitor, died May 16. She was 33.

Amy was known for her generous and adventurous spirit. She loved riding, hunting, sightseeing and traveling the world. 

The daughter of Ellen and Larry Bell, of Midland, Texas, Amy was born October 4, 1980, in in Midland, Texas. She attended Trinity School of Midland through her graduation in 1999. She continued her education at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where she received a bachelor’s degree in social and human services in May 2004.

After her graduation in May 2004, she accepted a job with the Texas Department of Child Protective Services, where she fulfilled a lifelong dream of serving children. In 2008, Amy made a career change and took her horse riding life to a new level. She became the manager of the Bell family horse operation, Kalpowar Quarter Horses, in Dennis, Texas. She also established a career as a lead stylist with Stella and Dot Jewelry. 

An accomplished horsewoman, Amy started her show career learning to ride English at age 9 on her horse, Hobby Five. She showed hunter-jumpers throughout her youth career, earning two trips to the AQHYA World Championship Show. In 1999, she changed riding disciplines and began showing cutting horses and reined cow horses. Throughout her show career, Amy won numerous national and world show awards in all her riding disciplines on her American Quarter Horses New Found Money and No Blu Aqui. In cutting horse competition, she won numerous titles and championships with her AQHA world champion cutting mare, Girl Like That, and other beloved horses. 

Philanthropy was an important part of Amy's life. She established the Amy Doris Bell Donor Fund at the Permian Basin Area Foundation and supported numerous agencies that provide health and wellness for children throughout the United States and the world. She helped fund numerous projects of Child Fund International and Feed the Children, and had a beloved sponsored child in Zimbabwe. She was a member of the Dallas Safari Club, Safari Club International, the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reined Cow Horse Association and AQHA. 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; Roy Parks, Jr., Bill B. Faudree, Doris and Joe Bell, Harriett Faudree Dublin; and her cousin, Kristen Jane Faudree. She is survived by parents, Ellen and Larry Bell; her brother, Matthew Bell and his wife, Ann; nephews, Parker and Aaron, of Midland, Texas; brother, Brian Bell and his wife, Kara; nieces, Emily Kate and Conally, of Fort Worth, Texas; many aunts and uncles. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any gifts be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation, the Permian Basin Area Foundation, Trinity School of Midland and the First Presbyterian Church of Midland or the charity of your choice.