Amy Bell, of Dennis, Texas, died suddenly and unexpectedly Friday morning, May 16, in a Tulsa, Okla., hospital, a few hours before she expected to compete with two of her horses at the ongoing Breeder’s Invitational cutting.
Bell, the 33-year-old daughter of Larry and Ellen, of Midland, Texas, managed the family-owned Kalpowar Quarter Horses breeding program in Lipan, Texas. She competed often in cutting, following prior success as a reined cow horse owner and rider. Early this year, Bell and a 4-year-old gelding she bred and owned, Dont Be Grabbin (WR This Cats Smart x My Kinda Pepto x Peptoboonsmal) were the Derby Amateur Champions at the Tunica Futurity in West Monroe, La. Bell earned $46,338 in all disciplines and she appeared on her way to possibly having her best year as a cutter.
She had earned more than $5,000 through the first four months of 2014. Horses she owns have earned a combined $88,830, according to Equi-Stat records. Memorial arrangements remain pending at this time