Amy Bell Named New Masked Rider

Written by Cory Chandler

News Release

DATE: April 21, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler,
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK – Amy Bell has taken the reins of Midnight Matador to represent Texas Tech as the 2006-2007 Masked Rider.

Bell, a senior animal and food science major from Kermit, became the new rider Friday during Texas Tech’s annual Transfer of Reins ceremony. She will be the 45th Masked Rider to promote university spirit and goodwill at rodeos, parades and other events across Texas.

“The Masked Rider is the emblem of Texas Tech University and embodies the principles of respect, honor and school spirit,” said Bell, who was a member of the Masked Rider’s Field Safety Team this past football season.

Mounted on a black quarter horse and wearing a black mask and bolero hat with a red and black cape, the Masked Rider leads the football team onto the field and represents university spirit and pride.

Bell is a member of the Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team, Alpha Lambda Delta Scholastic Honor Society, Texas Tech Horse Judging, Phi Eta Sigma Scholastic Honor Society and serves as secretary for the Collegiate Horsemen’s Society. She has been named to the Texas Tech Dean’s List for the past five semesters and has provided equestrian lessons while working at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center and at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

She takes the reins from Justin Burgin, who traveled more than 10,000 miles and made 125 appearances as the Masked Rider. Burgin participated in seven home football games and attended three out of town games, including the 2006 AT&T Cotton Bowl. He also made history by becoming the first Masked Rider to attend pre-game activities at Lady Raider basketball games in his lighted cape and hat.

Justin will receive his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech in May. He will attend the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall.


CONTACT: Bruce Bills, spirit publicist, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5433,