"The summer going into high school -- I was 13 -- I decided I wanted to work on a horse farm. ... I remember first avoiding the young woman who operated the show barn. ... There was nothing attractive about her. Her hair seemed greasy. She had pimples. I thought she was just ugly. My reaction was almost recoiling from her, avoiding her. ... But I soon learned that Ella knew everything about horses, and she was willing to share that knowledge. I recognized that I enjoyed listening to her, asking questions, and eventually I sought out her company."
- Penny Young Carrasquillo, 1973